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At Theaters: 12/8/2000 On Video: 5/22/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 249915
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Storyline Heading
A rag-tag group of adventurers seek to foil the plans of an evil wizard who attempts to dethrone a young, new empress because of her belief in equal rights between commoners and aristocrats. To assist her, a common thief and a young sorceress set out to find an ancient artifact that will help them to save the kingdom.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Fantasy Adventure Sci-Fi - Even die hard D&D enthusiasts will find it difficult to enjoy this sloppy adaptation of the role playing game. Only young children have the slightest chance of enjoying this film, but some of the action and violence may be too intense for them.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Justin Whalin SERIAL MOM, PREP
Marlon Wayans SENSELESS, THE 6TH MAN
Zoe McLellan INVENTING THE ABBOTTS,
Lee Arenberg CRADLE WILL ROCK, ROBOCOP 3, WATERWORLD
Dir/Prod/Wri: Courtney Solomon None
Executive Producer: Joel Silver THE MATRIX, LETHAL WEAPON 4
Visual Effects Supv: George Gibbs ALIAN 3, INDIANA JONES, LABYRINTH
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Production Notes Heading
Dragons
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Rare use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Numerous fight scenes; little to no blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Fight scenes and chases.
COMEDY: Lots of (flat) one-liners.
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Critic's Review Heading
Terrible
Director Courtney Solomon spent the better part of ten years trying to make his boyhood obsession, the perennially popular role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, into a feature film, but none of the passion that fact would entail ends up on screen. What does show up all too clearly in Dungeons & Dragons is rookie helmer Solomon's lack of experience in film, let alone with a project of such large, effects-laden scale. D&D enthusiasts have been clamoring for a film adaptation since the game came on the scene 26 years ago, and while I am not a player myself, I am certain that this sloppy slice of schlock is hardly what the fandom had in mind.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 139 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
11
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
27
High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
10
Fairly High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
30
Fairly High
90%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Fairly High
80%
30+Adults (M)
32
Fairly High
81%
30+Adults (F)
19
Fairly High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

A little better than half the moviegoers enjoyed it quite a bit. The rest didn't care much for it. Not very many truly disliked it, so chances are pretty high that you will, at the very least, find it somewhat enjoyable. A high percentage of moviegoers indicated that they would recommend this movie to friends, which is always good. I would say, Dungeons & Dragons is going to be primarily enjoyed by those with a very strong interest in this type of movie. Everyone else will probably be disappointed.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
There are many orbs throughout the multiverse… glittering like jewels across the prime material plane. Many are like our own, bound by the laws of physics and enslaved by our unfeeling technology.

But there are others…

Other worlds where reality has thrown off the oppressive yoke of logic and embraced the chaos of dreams… worlds of mythic beauty and ancient mystery, of vast wilderness and untamed danger… worlds where legendary creatures walk the earth and fill the sky.

Here be Dragons…

In such worlds nature itself pulses with powerful energies beyond our comprehension. In some of these worlds, man has learned to shape and focus this natural weave of elemental forces. On these worlds, it is known as magic.

It is magic that dominates the Empire of Izmer, and only mages, those elite few born with the ability to harness its power, have the right to rule. All others are consigned to a life of lower station. In the principal city of Sumdall the Emperor rules from his royal palace, in conjunction with the Council of Mages. The standing imperial army, the Crimson Guard, and their commander, Damodar, enforce the law of the mages throughout the empire. But it is by the incredible might of the Royal Scepter and its ability to command the immensely powerful Gold Dragons, that the Emperor and his ancestors have forged a mighty empire in the aftermath of the Great War. They have brought stability and prosperity to Izmer for many centuries... until now.

A thousand years of peace is about be shattered.

When the emperor is felled by an assassin's poison, his only heir, the child-princess Savina, quickly discovers that the greatest threat the Empire has ever faced will come from within. The respected Archmage Profion has set in motion his dark plans to turn the Council against her rule. If he succeeds, the Council will order the young empress to surrender her crown and the scepter, an action she must refuse at all costs. Profion will stop at nothing to secure the Scepter and the power of the Gold Dragons for himself, and his schemes threaten to plunge the nation into civil war!

The Empress sends her most trusted scout, Norda, on a suicide mission to find an ancient artifact, the Rod of Savrille. Its fabled ability to summon and enslave the wills of Red Dragons may tip the balance of power back in their direction and allow her to expose Profion's treasonous plans. Profion, through magical means, discovers her plans to thwart him and a deadly race for the weapon begins.

But destiny, it would seem, selects her own champions… and soon, the fate of the entire realm will rest not with Norda or the mages, but in the hands of those who the Empire has forsaken…

And time is not on their side…
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