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The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  17 December 1982 (USA)
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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Mullen ...
Fizzgig, a Friendly Monster (performer) / General, Garthim Master (performer)
Scientist (voice)
Louise Gold ...
Brian Muehl ...
Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice)
Bob Payne ...
Tim Rose ...
Jean-Pierre Amiel ...
Weaver (performer) (as Jean Pierre Amiel)
Hugh Spight ...
Cook (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Robbie Barnett ...
Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim ...
Hunter (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Simon J. Williamson ...
Chanter (performer) (as Simon Williamson)


Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began! The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.


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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dark Chrysalis  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pre-production work revolved around Brian Froud's designs without a finished script. When Froud originally presented Jim Henson with concept drawings for the crystal, Henson seemed totally perplexed. When Froud asked why, Henson said he had no idea what the designs were for. As it turned out, Froud had misunderstood Henson during early production conversations - Henson intended the film to be called "The Dark Chrysalis," referring to the Skesis dominance over the world. Henson, however, loved the concept art and integrated the idea of the crystal into the storyline. See more »


When Jen and Kira are climbing into the Castle via the water duct, Kira bumps her head on the tooth of the water-spouting gargoyle. See more »


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Jen: He's dead.
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User Reviews

What a fun movie!!!
8 December 1998 | by (Wollongong,Australia) – See all my reviews

I'm so sick and tired of people bad-mouthing this movie.This is the best of one of Jim Henson's creations (besides Jim Henson's Hour The Storyteller and Mythology)!It isn't so preachy or cheesy like a lot of the works before or after Henson's demise!

This would be a good movie for little kids.You can really tell the good from the bad in this movie.The Skeksis are really evil and frightening villains,unlike a lot of villains in most family-fantasy films,where they are often more moronic than vile.

The characters have personalities,not so talkative and there's no human to be seen!All 100% animatronics,no actors in the suits!!!

Now how amazing is that?

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