Character: Durza
Original Release: December 15, 2006 (US)
Directed by: Stefen Fangmeier
Written by: Peter Buchman
Produced by: John Davis, Adam Goodman, Gil Netter
Running Time: 103 minutes
Box Office: $75,030,163 (USA) (6 April 2007)

Eragon (Ed Speleers), a poor farm boy, lives in Alagaesia, a kingdom ruled by Galbatorix (John Malkovich), a powerful but evil monarch. One day, Eragon discovers a beautiful stone that he soon realizes is a dragon's egg. When the creature hatches, Eragon sets forth on a path that could restore the glory of his homeland's legendary Dragon Riders and perhaps overthrow Galbatorix.

Cast & Characters

Ed Speleers (Eragon), Jeremy Irons (Brom), Sienna Guillory (Arya), Rachel Weisz (Saphira), John Malkovich (Galbatorix), Garrett Hedlund (Murtagh), Alun Armstrong (Garrow), Chris Egan (Roran), Gary Lewis (Hrothgar), Djimon Hounsou (Ajihad), Richard Rifkin (Horst), Steve Speirs (Sloan), Joss Stone (Angela), Caroline Chikezie (Nasuada)

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Filming Dates: August 1, 2005 - November 19, 2005
Filming Locations: (view all)
  • Fót Studios, Budapest, Hungary
  • Tatabánya, Hungary
  • High Tatras, Slovakia
  • Guy Pearce was a candidate for the role of Durza the Shade.
  • Elijah Wood and Shia LaBeouf were considered for the role of Eragon.
  • As of 2015, this remains the first (and only) film directed by Stefen Fangmeier

Memorable Quotes

Durza: [after killing the Urgal leader for failing to bring Eragon to him] Congratulations, you've just been promoted!

Durza: It is said that as a Rider takes his last breath, he can hear the dying screams of his dragon.

Durza: I expected you to be more... more... well, more.

Arya: Poor Durza, how will he tell the king? You failed.

Arya: Eragon! You shouldn't have come.
Eragon: But in the woods...
Arya: Leave me here! Go, now!
Durza: It's far too late for that.
Durza: Forgive me if I stare, I knew you were young, but even then I was expecting someone a little more, well, more.
[Eragon charges at Durza, only to have him disappear and then reappear down the hall. Durza uses magic to make weapons and rocks fly forward to hit Eragon]
Eragon: Brisingr!
Durza: A young magician, how quaint.

Awards & Nominations

ASCAP Film and Television Music Award as Top Box Office Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Award as Best Fantasy Film
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Award as Best Performance by a Younger Actor - Ed Speelers
Costume Designers Guild Award as Excellence in Fantasy Film
International Film Music Critics Award as Film Music Composition of the Year
International Film Music Critics Award as Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film
The Stinkers Bad Movie Award as Least "Special" Special Effects

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