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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Wayans was also starring in Requiem for a Dream (2000) while this film was shooting. His scenes were shot in a few weeks. See more »

Goofs

When Ridley enters the dungeon to rescue Marina, he closes at least 2 doors behind him, including Marina's cell door. When they leave, all the doors are open. See more »

Quotes

[while scaling the towers of the magic school, to Ridley]
Snails: Why don't we just rob God while we up here.
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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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Connections

Followed by Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness (2012) See more »

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Poor delivery, so-so effects and laughable performances all combine to produce a film that will barely appeal to kids
8 September 2005 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Ridley and Snails are thieves in the underclass of their world. Breaking into the magic school to steal they are captured by Marina but, when her master is killed, the thieves find themselves drawn into an attempt by the evil Profion to use the power of a lost sceptre to seize control from Empress Savina, who is trying to reform and make all men equal.

It is hard to really judge the plot of this film because I'm sure it could have been a rollicking, engaging "swords & sorcery" affair and it is only the delivery here that has turned it into a massive, insulting pile of rubbish. The way that the characters have to explain every single action in BIG LETTERS for the audience was something that grated on me and took me from thinking of it as lazy writing to finding it offensive that the writers thought I was too stupid to follow the story myself. Instead of being a strong narrative the film is just a basic adventure for kids, with effects and noise to keep them distracted. As such it is still only so-so because even children might struggle to care about the unimpressive CGI backgrounds and action set pieces. It'll please the very undemanding genre fan under 12 years old but unlikely many others.

The characters are another major failing – who thought that writing obnoxious, annoying or smug characters across the leads would cause an audience to be engaged by them? With this to work with, is it any wonder that the cast are roundly poor? Whalin must have thought his luck was in when he landed this role, but he messes it up with a performance that shows he is out of his depth and unsure of himself. McLellan is bland and quite irritating for the majority of the film but her faults pale in comparison to a trio of performances that stick in the mind as the worst of the film. Irons hams it up with all the carelessness of a pro who knows an easy payday when he sees it – he is hilariously terrible at times. Payne's blue lipstick seems to have affected his voice and every line is delivered as a sneer – it is never menacing and quickly becomes tiresome. However the worst performance is form, surprise surprise, Wayans who made me understand what Spike Lee's Bamboozled was getting at. He is a shrieking, mugging ethnic cliché – even worse than he usually does and even more annoying. The odd cameo from O'Brien or Baker do nothing to stop the rot and the cast add to the impression that this was cheaply made without much love.

Overall a poor film that will probably only appeal to kids. The plot is badly delivered and the effects are not as impressive as director Solomon was clearly banking on them being. The cast are lost in the middle of it all and not a single on of them gives a performance that you could call "good", all in all producing a pretty poor attempt at a blockbuster.


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