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Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

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Profion, a tyrant, attempts to overthrow a peaceful kingdom ruled by a tough empress.

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Courtney Solomon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Profion
Bruce Payne ... Damodar
Justin Whalin ... Ridley Freeborn
Marlon Wayans ... Snails
Robert Miano ... Azmath
Tomas Havrlik Tomas Havrlik ... Mage
Thora Birch ... Empress Savina
Edward Jewesbury ... Vildan Vildir
Zoe McLellan ... Marina Pretensa
Lee Arenberg ... Elwood Gutworthy
Kristen Wilson ... Norda
Martin Astles Martin Astles ... Orc #1
Matthew O'Toole Matthew O'Toole ... Orc #2
David O'Kelly David O'Kelly ... Three Eyes
Richard O'Brien ... Xilus
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Storyline

The Empire of Izmer has long been a divided land. The Mages - an elite group of magic-users - rule whilst the lowly commoners are powerless. Izmer's young Empress, Savina, wants equality and prosperity for all, but the evil Mage Profion is plotting to depose her and establish his own rule. The Empress possesses a scepter which controls Izmer's Golden Dragons. To challenge her rule, Profion must have the scepter, and tricks the Council of Mages into believing Savina is unfit to hold it. Knowing that Profion will bring death and destruction to Izmer, Savina must find the legendary Rod of Savrille, a mythical rod that has the power to control Red Dragons, a species even mightier than the Gold. Enter two thieves, Ridley and Snails, who unwittingly become instrumental in Savina's search for the Rod. Joined by a feisty Dwarf named Elwood, and helped by the Empress's expert tracker, the Elf Norda, the young heroes go in search of the Rod of Savrille. From the deadly maze of the Thieves Guild... Written by Wizards of the Coast

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence | See all certifications »

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USA | Czech Republic | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Calabozos y dragones See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,237,422, 10 December 2000

Gross USA:

$15,391,970

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,978,694
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The trailers for this film listed none of the cast, not even Jeremy Irons. See more »

Goofs

During the gold dragon attack on Profion's Tower, some of the fireball attack footage is used more than once. Sometimes the footage is flipped. See more »

Quotes

Empress Savina: [after giving a long speech adressing the council] Know one thing... I am not afraid.
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Crazy Credits

No dragons or other animals were hurt or injured during the filming of this motion picture. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains several deleted and extended scenes as well as alternate versions of scenes used in the movie. According to director Corey Solomon, most of these were not used because of budgetary constraints in regards to special effects. They include:
  • A cameo by D&D co-creator Dave Arneson as a council wizard during the dragon fighting toward the end of the movie.
  • An extended Council meeting where Profion (Jeremy Irons) tries to convince the Council that Empress Savina (Thora Birch) is somehow responsible for his botched experiment at controlling dragons.
  • Ridley (Justin Whalin), Snails (Marlon Wayans), Marina (Zoe McLellan), and Elwood (Lee Arenberg) escape the city watch through the sewers. Elwood introduces himself to the party and Marina gets sewer water dumped on her in copious amounts.
  • Ridley and Marina's encounter inside the magical scroll they both get sucked into. Ridley explains why he has a hatred of mages, and the duo are charged with the quest to seek the Rod of Savrille.
  • The party enters the Thieves' Guild of Antioch through a series of secret doors and passages.
  • An extended version of the Thieves' Guild fight. In this version we see footage of Elwood going into a battle rage when his helmet is knocked off.
  • An extended version of Snails trying to woo over Norda (Kristen Wilson). They have a conversation about the moon and "sensing" things.
  • A conversation between Marina and Norda after Snails' death. It is revealed that Marian has feelings for Ridley and Norda had some degree of affection for Snails. They are interrupted by an elven search party.
  • While being healed by the Elf King (Tom Baker), Ridley has a vision of a gold dragon hatching from an egg.
  • A scene of the party wating outside the cave while Ridley seeks the Rod of Savrille. They are discovered by Damodar (Bruce Payne) and his men.
  • An alternate ending sequence, where Ridley stands at Snails' grave alone, speaking to his friend. After his speech, Ridley walks away from the grave, presumably back to the celebrations.
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Don't get caught in this dungeon
7 September 2004 | by michaelsibley416See all my reviews

"Dungeons & Dragons" is so terrible, I can't help myself from laughing at people who say they liked this film.

This is one of the worst mistakes ever made in Hollywood. I had an inkling of what the end result of this film would be; however, I wanted to give it a chance.

The first problem is the lack of plot to accompany the numerous action sequences. It seems to me that the action was supposed to be the main draw. I can only assume the writer forgot that there are people who actually like to see a film with BOTH action and story when they see a film. In addition, the cause of fighting the villain is so stupid; who cares.

The second problem I see is casting. Combine an unestablished actor with little film experience and zero talent with a very talented veteran, Jeremy Irons and you have a disaster for a film called "Dungeons & Dragons."

"Dungeons & Dragons" should have stayed locked in a dungeon in a far off place so nobody has to go the suffering I did when I saw this film. If you see this film, good luck.


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