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Pete's Dragon
Directed byDon Chaffey
Produced byJerome Courtland
Ron W. Miller
Screenplay byMalcolm Marmorstein
Story byS.S. Field
Seton Miller (short story)
StarringHelen Reddy
Jim Dale
Mickey Rooney
Red Buttons
Shelley Winters
Sean Marshall
Music byJoel Hirschhorn
Al Kasha (Songs)
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyFrank Phillips
Edited byGordon D. Brenner
Distributed byBuena Vista Distribution Company, Inc.
Release date
  • November 3, 1977 (1977-11-03)
Running time
134 min. (original roadshow release)
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million
Box office$36,000,000[1]

Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical movie from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action movie but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story is about a young orphan named Pete who goes to the town of Passamaquoddy a small fishing community in Northeastern Maine. His only friend is a dragon named Elliott. Elliott is also his protector and can make himself invisible.


  • Charlie Callas (voice) as Elliott the dragon
  • Sean Marshall as Pete, an orphan boy whom the Gogans treat like a slave
  • Helen Reddy as Nora, Lampie's headstrong but kind daughter
  • Mickey Rooney as Lampie, Passamaquoddy's lighthouse keeper and Nora's father
  • Jim Dale as Dr. Terminus, a scheming quack
  • Red Buttons as Hoagy, Terminus' sidekick
  • Shelley Winters as Lena Gogan, the matriarch of the Gogans
  • Charles Tyner as Merle Gogan, Lena's husband
  • Gary Morgan and Jeff Conaway as Grover and Willie Gogan, Lena and Merle's adult sons
  • Cal Bartlett as Paul, Nora's fiancé
  • Walter Barnes as the Captain of the ship on which Paul returns home
  • Jane Kean as Miss Abbey Taylor, a mean schoolteacher
  • Jim Backus as the mayor of Passamaquoddy

Awards and honors

Academy Awards

Pete's Dragon was nominated for two Academy Awards:[2][3]

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards

The movie was nominated for four Saturn Awards:[2]

Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Pete's Dragon for one Golden Globe Award:[2]


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