Willow was a 1988
fantasy film, written by George Lucas, that was directed
by Ron Howard. The movie starred Val Kilmer as the great
swordsman Madmartigan and Warwick Davis as Willow Ufgood.
Criticism of the film was 50/50 back in the day, and
although it did not do as well as expected, by the time
it hit the VHS tape, it was a profitable film.
In this movie, which merges a number of
Bible stories, the evil Queen Bavmorda is in fear of a
prophecy that states a girl will soon be born that will
cause the end of her reign. In fear, the Queen
puts all pregnant women in jail, and the baby is born in
the dungeon. Before the baby can be killed, the
mother manages to slip the baby away with a midwife, who
under pursuit from the Queen's army, places the baby on
a raft and sends it down the river. The baby ended
up in the car of Willow Ufgood, a person small in
stature, big of heart, and with some magical ability.
When a hound attacks Willow's village
looking for the baby, Willow is sent on a quest to
return the baby to the humans, and he ends up entrusting
the baby to the first human he runs into, that being
Madmartigan. Madmartigan ends up losing the baby
to thieves, and when Willow finds out the prophecy and
his responsibility towards the baby, he attempts a
rescue, with Madmartian as help. The baby
eventually ends up in the hands of the evil Queen, and
Willow and his gang eventually find a way to rescue her.
After a great battle, some magic spells, some slight of
hand, and a bit of luck, the baby is safe, and everyone
lives happily ever after.