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Willow Details


Though Willow was one of director Ron Howard's few box-office disappointments, it definitely deserves a second look. At once an epic celebration and a gentle spoof of the sword-and-sorcery genre, the film concerns the efforts by little person Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis) to protect a sacred infant from the machinations of a wicked queen (Jean Marsh). One source book has assessed the picture as a combination of Warwick Davis and Warwick Davis. This is true enough, except that neither one of those properties offered such offbeat casting choices as Billy Barty and Jean Marsh. Executive producer George Lucas has (through the conduit of screenwriter Bob Dolman) added elements of his own George Lucas saga to the stew. The results are generally satisfactory, though the film is sometimes weighed down by too much plot, and the action sequences may not be suitable for very young children. Incidentally, this is the film where co-star Val Kilmer met his future wife Joanne Whalley. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 20, 1988


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Phil Tippett Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Hymns Best Sound Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Burtt Best Sound Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael J. McAlister Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Best Visual Effects 1988 Nominee


Val Kilmer
as Madmartigan
Joanne Whalley
as Sorsha
Warwick Davis
as Willow Ufgood
Patricia Hayes
as Fin Raziel
Jean Marsh
as Queen Bavmorda
Billy Barty
as High Aldwin
Pat Roach
as Gen. Kael
Gavan O'Herlihy
as Airk Thaughbaer
David J. Steinberg
as Meegosh
Phil Fondacaro
as Vohnkar
Mark Northover
as Burglekutt, Prefect
Kevin Pollak
as Rool
Rick Overton
as Franjean
Maria Holvoe
as Cherlindrea
Tony Cox
as Vohnkar Warrior
Sallyanne Law
as Mother
Michael Cotterill
as Druid
Sadie Corré
as Nelwyn Villager
Zulema Dene
as Ethna
Robert Gillibrand
as Vohnkar Warrior
Jennifer Guy
as Wency
Joanna Dickens
as Barmaid
Mark vande Brake
as Ranon
Dawn Downing
as Mims
Julie Peters
as Kaiya
Ron Tarr
as Llug
Kate Greenfield
as Elora Danan


Ron Howard
Lee Rich
Nigel Wooll
Bob Dolman
George Lucas
Screen Story
Adrian Biddle
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Reading
Production Designer
Malcolm Stone
Production Designer
Allan Cameron
Production Designer
Tim Hutchinson
Production Designer
Kim Sinclair
Art Director
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Barbara Lane
Costume Designer
Ben Burtt
Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Muren
Special Effects
Michael J. McAlister
Special Effects
David Allen
Special Effects
Phil Tippett
Special Effects
Joe Johnston
First Assistant Director
Gerry Crampton
Eleanor Fazan
Jane Jenkins
Janet Hirshenson
Richard Hymns
Sound Effects Editor
Gerry Crampton
Stunts Coordinator
Micky Moore
Second Unit Director
Nick Dudman
William Hobbs
Fights Choreographer
Alan Boyle
John Richardson
Special Effects Supervisor