Dungeons & Dragons

December 8th, 2000


Dungeons & Dragons

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

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 3.6/10 (19,451 voted)

Critic's Score: 14/100

Director: Courtney Solomon

Stars: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan

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...

Writers: Topper Lilien, Carroll Cartwright

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

Taglines: Adventure will never be the same


Official Website: New Line | WOTC site, with synopsis and bios |

Release Date: 8 December 2000

Filming Locations: Kutná Hora, Stredoceský, Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $7,237,422 (USA) (10 December 2000) (2078 Screens)

Gross: $33,807,409 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This movie was created by director Courtney Solomon, this being his first film. He acquired the exclusive rights to make the film from TSR (Tactical Studies Rules), when he was only 19 years of age in 1990. Over the next 10 years, he put together the meager funding used to make this movie.

Continuity: Marina fumbles with a magic dust bag and manages to throw some at Halvarth. As Marina is throwing the dust, she drops the bag to the ground and runs to Ridley's side. However, when she reaches Ridley, and Halvarth is getting up again, the magic dust bag is with her again (magically).

Profion: Let their blood rain from the sky!

User Review

Just shoot me...

Rating: 1/10

In what can only be described as the worst movie made in the past decade, Dungeons & Dragons will leave you begging for mercy.

Hands down, the biggest contributor to the demise of this movie was the script. It was litterally the most insulting, inane dialogue I have ever been treated to in a movie.

Props arrive next in an extremely close second. The 35 Million dollars used to make this film must have been used on late night taco runs, because the quality of the props is abyssmal. The "prized artifact" of the movie looks like it fell out of a box of cracker jack, while some of the armor and backgrounds are straight out of the Bargain Bin at your local toy store. Better attempts at fantasy film making have been shot on camcorders across the globe in people's back yards.

The acting was terrible all around. The few, and I mean FEW, attempts at serious dialogue were crushed by the worst script ever. The only remotely cool character in the entire proceeding was Demadar, who was still pretty goofy. I guess if I was 8 or so, I might have thought he was creepy. The notably great actors in this film should have balked the moment they saw the script/quality of filming, and their presence on the screen only adds to the insult.

Th producers of this movie should be ashamed of themselves. Hundreds of thousands of loyal D&D fans have been waiting for over 25 years for a great, inspiring movie from their hobby. D&D has a prodigious level of material written about it, and any one of it's 100+ books would have made a better movie if read aloud by Pee Wee Herman.

This horror show of a movie will no doubt ensure the demise of a great hobby in the public eye for at least the next 10 years. Any potential fan of the game will be unable to forget this awful movie experience. Consider yourself warned, and never, EVER see this movie.


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