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(The Legend of Galgameth,
The Adventures of Galgameth)
DVD cover of the movie The Adventures of Galgameth.jpg
DVD cover
Directed bySean McNamara
Produced byMartha Chang
Written byMichael Angeli
Screenplay by
  • Turi Meyer
  • Al Septien
Story bySang-ok Shin
Based onfilm Pulgasari
by Sang-ok Shin
Music byRichard Marvin
CinematographyChristian Sebaldt
Edited by
  • Annamária Szántó
  • Joe Woo Jr.
Sheen Communications
Distributed byGalaxy International Releasing
Release date
  • November 18, 1996 (1996-11-18) (Spain)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

Galgameth is a 1996 American fantasy children's film and the first feature film project directed by television and film producer/actor Sean McNamara. The film stars Devin Neil Oatway, Johna Stewart and Stephen Macht.[1][2] The film's script was written by Sang-ok Shin and is a loose remake of his 1985 Godzilla-inspired film Pulgasari, which he had directed while being held in North Korea.[3][4]


In the medieval kingdom of Donnegold, a young prince named Davin (Devin Oatway) lives with his father, the noble King Henryk (Sean McNamara). But that comes to an end when the King's black knight, El El (Stephen Macht), poisons him. As he lays dying, Henryk gives his son a small black statue of a creature. He tells him that it is called "Galgameth", the family guardian of legend. Davin takes it and while he is away mourning his father, El El secretly shatters the statue and takes command, thrusting the kingdom into turmoil under Davin's name. Davin is given the broken statue by a maidservant and cries. The next morning he finds that the statue has become a living creature which he nicknames "Galgy" (Felix Silla and Doug Jones). Brought to life by the prince's tears, Galgameth becomes his friend and guardian as he finds himself chased by El El and in the company of disgruntled peasants who are planning a revolt in order to dethrone the man they think is the source of all their trouble, Prince Davin.



The production was filmed on locations in Romania,[5] including Bucharest and Zărnești.


Original release was in Spain on November 18, 1996, followed by release in Japan on November 21. Its original Romanian title was Galgameth and had differing titles dependent upon the country and language of later releases. In Germany it was released as Galgameth - Das Ungeheuer des Prinzen. In Spain its video title was as La leyenda de Galgameth and its television release title was Galgameth - El guerrero invencible. In France it was released as Galgameth: L'apprenti dragon. English release titles included both The Legend of Galgameth and the later The Adventures of Galgameth,[6] which was released by Trimark Home Video on July 29, 1997.[7]


  1. ^ Michel, Roudevitch (September 13, 2000). "Galgameth, l'apprenti dragon". Libération (in French). Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Craddock, Jim (2005). Videohound's Golden Movie Retrieve. Thomson/Gale. p. 325. ISBN 0787674702.
  3. ^ Shapiro, Michael (April 25, 2005). "A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Taylor, Ben (2012). Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions. Penguin Books. pp. 168–169. ISBN 146830013X.
  5. ^ Sandra Brennan, Rovi. "The Adventures of Galgameth". The New York Times. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  6. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2004). Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. Volume 54: Gale. p. 89.
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Eileen (7 June 1997). "Shelf Talk". Billboard. 109 (23): 75. Retrieved May 31, 2013.

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