Pete's Dragon

Synopsis: In New England in the early 20th century, Pete is a nine-year-old orphan escaping from his brutal adoptive parents, the Gogans, with his only friend, a cartoon dragon named Elliott. They successfully escape to Passamaquoddy, Maine, and live with Nora, a lighthouse keeper, and her father, Lampie. Elliott is sought for medicinal purposes by the corrupt Dr. Terminus.
Director(s): Don Chaffey
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min


Where'd he go?

He must have went that-a-way.

Oh, Petey...

I'll wring his neck!



Elliott, put me down.

- Look around.

- Spread out!

They're getting closer.

We'd better hide.

- - Stop swingin' your tail.

You almost knocked me down.

Here they come.

He's gone that-a-way

He's went this-a-way

He's up a tree I think!

Oh Petey, Oh Petey...

Where are you? Please come back

Oh Petey, Oh Petey...

You're like a son to us

We miss you, We miss you

If I get near him you can bet

I won't miss him with this.

I'll cook you cake and gingerbread,

Bring you tea in bed on a tray,

We'll slave while you go fishing

You'll get permission to run and play

These tears oughta show you I care

Come back, by cracky we'll share

The happiest home in these hills...

in these hills!

Gonna snag him, gag him,

drag him through town

Put his head in the river,

let the pup drown,

Trap him, strap him, wrap

him in a sack. Yeah!

Tie him screaming to a railroad track.

We'll have you sing in chapel

You'll be the apple of Momma's eye

I'll tend to all your sowing and

do your mowing So just rely on me

Dang, we know you're out there

It's late, we're waiting to share

The happiest home in these hills...

in these hills!

Gonna paw him, claw him,

saw him in half,

When he cries out for

mercy we'll just laugh,

Beat him, heat him, eat

him for dessert. Yeah!

Roast him gently so the

flames won't hurt.

Squish down!


No, don't!

Somethin' hit me!

- What somethin'?

- If I knowed what somethin',

I wouldn't call it "somethin',"

I'd call it by its name.

I told you not

to swing your tail.

No, no, don't!

You done it!

Dumb polecats!

Fightin' it out while that little

snake of a kid gets further away!

Why are y'all playing in the mud...

when you know we gotta

find that boy?

He's gotta be around

here somewhere. Find him!

Aw, Ma!

Why don't we...

just go on back home

and do some eatin'?

I'll tell ya... 'cause you

ain't gonna do no eatin'...

until you find that little brat!

Who done that?

Hey, Ma, why don't we just get

ourselves another orphan, huh?

Because I done paid

our last $50 for Pete,

plus 50 cents legal fees.

And we ain't got another

$50 plus legal, that's why!

Do ya understand? Well, here's

somethin' you will understand.

You're gonna have to start workin'

the farm with your own two hands...

less'n you spot

that little twerp.

- - And get me out

of this here mud hole, Merle.

Come on. I'm stuck.

Don't just sit around in it.

Come on.

Get me out of here.

Petey! Petey!

Petey! Petey, Petey, Petey!

You'll swim and you'll go camping

You'll be a champ in your own backyard

Our love is overflowing,

it keeps on growin'

You'll sleep good knowing

you're home...

In these hills

We're gonna string him from a tree

In these hills

We're gonna sting him like a bee

In these hills

We're gonna spill him on his head

In these hills

We're gonna fill him full of lead

In these hills...

We better stay here.

I'm tired, aren't you?

Good night, Elliott.

Hi, Elliott.

Oh, boy.

Those look good.

I'm starved.

You sure changed my life.

- I didn't think I'd ever be happy until

I met you. - Ooh.


Whoops. One left.

You can have it.


Mm. You're

a good cook, Elliott.

I look in your eyes

and you whisper sweetly

We don't match in size

but we fit so neatly

It's nice waking up

when you're close beside me

Humming in my ear

You're joking!

I can't believe it. You do?

I love you too

Remember the night

when you first confided

And things went so right

that we both decided

Now we're together

and life is perfect

Don't ever disappear

Oh, really?

Oh, you're just saying that.

Is it true?

I love you too

We're walking down

a road of our own

Where rain can never fall

I'm glad I don't

have to be alone

You know what to say

when I want direction

You don't turn away

when I need protection

Your voice is the sound

of an angel singing

Music I wait to hear

Say it again!

And again!

Everything seems so new!

I love you too

I love you too

I love you too

I love you too



Sounds like a nice place.

Now, Elliott, we want the people

of Passamaquoddy to like us.

Don't we?

I mean, you're kind of big, and

we don't want to scare anyone.

Do we?

So you better not

show yourself, understand?

I know how ya feel, but you'll

have to make yourself invisible.





- - I'm sorry, but

the whole thing has to go.

Behave yourself, Elliott.


I told ya not to fool around.

Get on the sidewalk

and stay next to me.

Look out, Elliott!

Oops. Clumsy, clumsy, clumsy.

I'm sorry, real sorry.

I was telling my dragon

not to bump his head on the sign.

All right, smarties.

Into your classroom.

March, march, march

march, march!

March! March!

March! March!

How dare you?

I mean, how dare you lie and try to

embarrass me in front of my students.

- I wasn't lying.

- That's a lie on top of a lie.

Ugh! You're not

one of my pupils.

What school are you

playing hooky from?

- I-I don't go to school.

- Ah! I knew it.

That's just

what this town needs.

Another ignoramus.

No, Elliott.

You disgusting

little street urchin!

You could be locked up for this.

Where's the sheriff?

Please! I didn't do anything

Your skirt got caught in the nail


Your finger nail

Gentlemen, I propose to say...


a beautiful community...

where the sun always rises

and the sun always sets.

- That's very deep and profound.

Don't you think?

- Elliott...

It's a place of serenity

and security,

where the unexpected

never happens.


It's okay, Elliott.

It seems to say,


You-You absolute oaf.

You-You idiot!

- No, come, come.

- It was that kid that pushed me.

He pulled off

Miss Taylor's petticoat.

- He walked through my cement with his big

feet. - He scared my horse, Victoria.

Let's get out of here, Elliott.

- We-Well, where is this person?

- Th-There he goes!

Well, detain him. Detain him.

- Elliott...

- Uh-oh.

You spoiled everything.

Darn you, Elliott.

I told you to behave.


And some oysters.


Oh, hello there, little boy.



- Hey! Hey, you look terrible.

- Whoopee!

Hey, your friend's...

turned green.

If I didn't know any better,

I'd say he was a dragon.

A drag-drag...


Elliott, didn't I tell you that...

Oh! Gentlemen...

A dragon, a dragon

I swear I saw a dragon

A green and seething

fire-breathing monster is in sight

With eyes of red a lion's head

and wings as dark as night

He has a jaw of gleaming teeth

He's 50 feet in height

It's true, it's true

Oh, what are we to do

It's true, it's true

He'll break us all in two

Oh, he's comin' in His great big

fin is right against the door

So board up all the windows

And get down on the floor

Has anybody seen my dad?

Nora, please, my child, come in.

- Get off that street.

- What's the matter?

- Worst thing I ever saw in my life

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Malcolm Marmorstein

Malcolm Marmorstein (born August 9, 1928 in Jersey City, New Jersey - died November 21, 2020 Los Angeles, CA) was an American playwrite, screenwriter and director. more…

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