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Dungeons & Dragons

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Thora Birch, Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
105 minutes
Wide Release Date:
12/08/00
performer:
Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons, Lee Arenberg, Zoe McLellan, Richard O'Brien, Bruce Payne, Marlon Wayans, Justin Whalin, Kristen Wilson
director:
Courtney Solomon
Producers:
Silver Pictures, Station X, Sweetpea Entertainment
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Carroll Cartwright, Topper Lilien
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

Writer/ director Courtney Solomon acquired the rights to the hugely popular role playing game when he was 20 years old, only to spend much of the ’90s trying to get it out of the development dungeon. Eventually executive producer Joel Silver (”The Matrix”) helped him pull together funding for this $35 million fantasy, in which a young empress (Thora Birch) and two bumbling thieves (Justin Whalin and Marlon Wayans) team up to protect their kingdom from a power mad magician (Jeremy Irons).

For the 11 minute climactic dragon battle, Solomon would rather not have used computer generated beasties. ”I tried to find 20 or so dragons, somewhere, just so we could use live action ones,” he says. ”Turns out they don’t exist, no matter how much money you have.” (New Line)