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Dragonheart Details


A boy and his dragon unite to fight evil in this fantasy. Bowen (Dennis Quaid), a Knight of The Old Code in Medieval times, is summoned by Aislinn the Queen (Julie Christie) to the bedside of her son, Einon, who is also Bowen's student. Einon has been wounded and is near death; with his heart about to give out, Bowen calls upon Draco (voice of Sean Connery), the mightiest dragon in the land, asking for a sliver of his mighty heart so that the boy might survive. Draco makes Bowen pledge that when Enion grows to adulthood and becomes king, he will rule with fairness and compassion before the beast will donate a piece of his heart. Einon agrees to the pledge, but years later, the adult Einon (David Thewlis) has become a cruel despot, in no way good on his promises. Bowen, angry at Einon's betrayal, is convinced that the dragon is somehow responsible and goes on a spree, killing the mammoth reptiles at a fevered pace. However, when Bowen once again encounters Draco, the dragon convinces him that a dragon-slayer who has killed the last dragon also puts himself out of a job; Draco and Bowen work out a business arrangement, where the monster "attacks" villages and Bowen is paid to "kill" him. In time, however, Draco and Bowen realize that they must set aside their lucrative business in order to challenge the authority of the evil ruler. Draco the Dragon was the first fully-computer animated character to have a speaking part along side flesh and blood actors in a film; Sean Connery's recording sessions as the voice of Draco were recorded on video as well as audio tape, so that his facial expressions and mouth movements could be adapted to the character. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 17, 1996


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Straus Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kit West Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phil Tippett Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Squires Best Visual Effects 1996 Nominee


Dennis Quaid
as Bowen
Sean Connery
as "Draco"
David Thewlis
as King Einon
Pete Postlethwaite
as Gilbert
Dina Meyer
as Kara
Julie Christie
as Aislinn
Jason Isaacs
as Lord Felton
Lee Oakes
as Young Einon
Sandra Kovacicova
as Young Kara
Brian Thompson
as Brok
Wolf Christian
as Hewe
Milan Bahul
as Swamp Village Chief
Eva Vejmelkova
as Felton's Minx
Peter Hric
as King Freyne
Thom Baker
as Aislinn's Chess Partner
Kyle Cohen
as Boy In Field
John Gielgud
as King Arthur


Rob Cohen
Raffaella de Laurentiis
Patrick Read Johnson
Screen Story
Patrick Read Johnson
David Eggby
Randy Edelman
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Amundson
Maria Teresa Barbasso
Supervising Art Director
Hester Hargett
Herbert W. Gains
Associate Producer
David Rotman
Executive Producer
Patrick Read Johnson
Executive Producer
Giorgio Desideri
Set Designer
Thomas Casterline
Costume Designer
Anna Sheppard
Costume Designer
Reinhard Stergar
Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Squires
Special Effects
Herbert W. Gains
First Assistant Director
Buzz Feitshans IV
Camera Operator
Sheila Trezise
Margery Simkin
James Straus
Visual Effects
Hilda Hodges
Foley Artist
Kit West
Special Effects Supervisor
Paul Weston
Stunts Coordinator
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Randy K. Singer
Foley Mixer
John Roesch
Foley Artist