Willow (1988)

USA, 1988
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), colour, 2.35:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American fantasy film directed by Ron Howard.

Plot Summary

A prisoner of the Queen Bavmorda gives birth to a child who, according to an ancient prophecy, will spell the end of Bavmorda’s reign of terror. The child is saved from Bavmorda’s clutches and set adrift on a river where it is eventually found by the dwarf Willow Ufgood who takes her in. But with Bavmorda’s forces in hot pursuit, Willow must find a way to get the child back to her own people, aided by the warrior Madmartigan.


Directed by: Ron Howard
TM & copyright 1988 Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL)
A Lucasfilm Ltd production in association with Imagine Entertainment. A film by Ron Howard
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Producer: Nigel Wooll
Associate Producer: Joe Johnston
Screenplay by: Bob Dolman
Story by: George Lucas
Director of Photography: Adrian Biddle
Film Editors: Daniel Hanley, Michael Hill
Film Editor: Richard Hiscott
Music Composed by: James Horner
Sound Mixer: Ivan Sharrock
Costume Designer: Barbara Lane
Chief Make-up Artist: Alan Boyle
Chief Hairdresser: Barbara Ritchie
Make-Up/Creature Designer: Nick Dudman
Special Effects Supervisor: John Richardson
Visual Effects: Industrial Light & Magic; Dennis Muren, Michael McAlister, Phil Tippett
Production Designer: Allan Cameron

Val Kilmer (Madmartigan)
Joanne Whalley (Sorsha)
Warwick Davis (Willow Ufgood)
Patricia Hayes (Fin Raziel)
Gavan O’Herlihy (Airk Thaughbaer)
Phil Fondacaro (Vohnkar)
Pat Roach (Kael)
Rick Overton (Franjean)
Kevin Pollak (Rool)
Billy Barty (High Aldwin)
Jean Marsh as Queen Bavmorda
David Steinberg (Meegosh)
Tony Cox, Robert Gillibrand (Vohnkar warriors)
Mark Northover (Burglekutt)
Maria Holvöe (Cherlindrea)
Julie Peters (Kaiya Ufgood)
Mark Vande Brake (Ranon Ufgood)
Dawn Downing (Mims Ufgood)
Michael Cotterill (druid)
Zulema Dene (Ethna)

See also
Excalibur (1981)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Seiken densetsu 2 (1993)
Seiken densetsu 3 (1995)
Willow (1989)

Extracts included in
From Morf to Morphing: The Dawn of Digital Filmmaking (2001)
Willow: The Making of an Adventure (2001)


Premiere December 1988 p.19 – review (by Stella Molitor)
Studio December 1988 p.13 – review (by Denis Parent)