Dragonheart is a 1996 American fantasy adventurefilm directed by Rob Cohen. It stars Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Dina Meyer, and the voice of Sean Connery. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and various other awards in 1996 and 1997. The film also inspired a direct-to-video sequel, Dragonheart: A New Beginning in 2000. A direct-to-video prequel, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse, was released in 2015. An English knight, Bowen (Dennis Quaid), mentors a Saxon prince, Einon , in the Old Code, the ideals of chivalry in the hope that he will become a better king than his tyrannical father Freyne . When the king is killed while suppressing a peasant rebellion, Einon is mortally wounded by the peasant girl Kara . Einon’s mother, Queen Aislinn, has him taken before a dragon whom she implores to save the boy’s life.