Willow script
Willow (1998)
Synopsis: Enter the world of "Willow." Journey to the far corners of your imagination, to a land of myth and magic, where dream and reality live side by side ... to a place that never existed, a time that never was. It is a world where a young man named Willow lives out an adventure that explodes beyond the boundaries of his own hopes and fears.

FADE IN:

EXT.. NOCKMAAR CASTLE - DAY

Under gloomy sky a huge fortress looms on a volcanic

mountainside. From within WE HEAR the agonizing scream

of a woman giving birth.

INT.. NOCKMAAR CASTLE - DAY

The scream continues as WE MOVE THROUGH the grim corri-

dors of the castle TOWARD stairs leading down to a

dungeon.

INT.. DUNGEON - DAY

Silhouetted in sadows, three Nockmaar MINIONS stand

guard. In a jail cell, sex fully pregnant WOMEN watch

from behind iron bars. The screaming stops. There's a

moment of silence. As WE MOVE INTO another jail cell

WE HEAR a slap and the first cry of a newborn BABY.

In the cell a black-robed DRUID watches intensely as

ETHNA, a midwife, leans over the MOTHER and wraps the

baby in swaddling.

DRUID:

Is it a girl?

ETHNA:

It is a girl.

DRUID:

Show me its arm.

Ethna peels back the swaddling. On the baby's arm is a

small marking.

DRUID:

It's true then. I must tell Queen

Bavmorda.

With great urgency the druid hurries up the dungeon

stairs. Ethna gently places the baby on the mother's

breast. The mother comforst the baby lovingly until it

stops crying. Then she reaches out and clasps the

midwife's wrist.

MOTHER:

Ethna, please. Help me. They're

going to kill my baby.

Ethna nervously looks out at the guards, then shakes

her head at the mother.

ETHNA:

They'll kill you.

MOTHER:

Please save my baby.

Ethna hesitates. Then decides. She quickly wraps to-

gether some rags and gives them to the mother.

ETHNA:

Pretend this is the child.

MOTHER:

Thank you, Ethna. Thank you.

The mother kisses her baby and hands it to Ethna, who

hides the baby inside the basket of rags. Ethna car-

ries the basket past the guards and up the stairs.

The mother lies back and sighs with relief. Then she

hears clinking bootsteps and her eyes widen with fear.

QUEEN BAVMORDA sweeps down the dungeon stairs, her

black robes flowing behind her. The druid hurries

alongside.

BAVMORDA:

We will start the ritual at dusk.

You're certain this is the one?

DRUID:

It bears the markings.

BAVMORDA:

I must see for myself! Just as the

omen foretold!

The guards fearfully move aside as Bavmorda enters the

cell.

BAVMORDA:

So. You *were* the one.

MOTHER:

Yes. But nothing you can do will

stop the prophecy.

BAVMORDA:

This child will have no power over

me....

Bavmorda grabs the rags away from the mother and anxi-

ously tears them apart.

BAVMORDA:

(furiously)

Where's the baby!

One of the guards looks up the stairs.

GUARD:

The midwife!

Bavmorda flies into a rage.

BAVMORDA:

Find that baby! Use the dogs!

Sorsha!

Two guards draw swords and charge upstairs. Bavmorda

grabs the third guard and nods toward the mother.

BAVMORDA:

Kill her.

Bavmorda storms away with the druid. WE SEE the shadow

of the guard move over the terrified mother. War drums

begin to beat out an alarm.

EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINSIDE - DAY

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Bob Dolman

Robert "Bob" Dolman is a Canadian screenwriter, actor, director and producer. His work in television includes SCTV, SCTV Network 90, and WKRP in Cincinnati. more…

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