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Dungeons and dragons

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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 (Thora Birch), wants equality and prosperity for all, but the evil mage Profion (Jeremy Irons) is plotting to depose her and establish his own rule.

The Empress possesses a sceptre which controls Izmer's golden dragons. To challenge her rule, Profion must have the sceptre 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 (Justin Whalin) and Snails (Marlon Wayans), who unwittingly become instrumental in Savina's search for the Rod. Joined by a feisty dwarf named Elwood (Lee Arenberg), and helped by the Empress's expert tracker, the elf Norda (Kristen Wilson), the young heroes go in search of the Rod of Savrille.

From the deadly maze of the Thieves' Guild at Antius to an elven village, secret grottoes and abandoned castles, Ridley and his band must outwit Profion's chief henchman Damodar (Bruce Payne) at every turn - while back in Izmer, Profion prepares to do battle with the Empress. All depends on the Rod, but outcome of the race to reach it first is far from certain, and Izmer's very survival hangs in the balance...

Persons of interest

  • Jeremy Irons .... Profion
  • Bruce Payne .... Damodar
  • Justin Whalin .... Ridley Freeborn
  • Marlon Wayans .... Snails
  • Robert Miano .... Azmath
  • Tomás Havrlik .... Mage
  • Thora Birch .... Empress Savina
  • Edward Jewesbury .... Vildan Vildir
  • Zoe McLellan .... Marina Pretensa
  • Lee Arenberg .... Elwood Gutworthy
  • Kristen Wilson .... Norda
  • David O'Kelly .... Three Eyes
  • Richard O'Brien .... Xilus
  • Carroll Cartwright .... Screenwriter
  • Topper Lilien .... Screenwriter
  • Courtney Solomon .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Secret Agent Acid Thunder

Theatrical report

Wow. I was really looking forward to seeing Dungeons and dragons: finally, a modern fantasy film based on the world's best RPG. The only trouble is that the film is shit-house. I have sat through cheesy episodes of Hart to Hart that had more interest than this.

The graphics and effects? They were faecal leftovers from last year's pilgrimage to the Ganges.

There are so many things that could've been done to make Dungeons and dragons a good (ie bearable) film, but they just weren't done.


On the upside, at least Courtney Soloman's direction can only improve.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Languages: English
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Courtney Soloman
  • Multi-angle special effects deconstruction
  • Let the game begin documentary
  • Motion menus
  • Cast and crew commentaries and interviews
  • The making of
  • Trailer
  • B-roll
  • Production notes

Security censorship classification

M (Low level violence)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 10 October 2001

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