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Castle in the Sky (1986)

Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (original title)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheeta (voice)
Pazu (voice)
Dola (voice)
Muska (voice)
Uncle Pom (voice)
General (voice)
Boss (voice)
Charles (voice)
Louis (voice)
Henri (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Young Sheeta / Madge / Additional Voices (voice)
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A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization. Written by Tzung-I Lin <tzung@hugo.att.com>

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Release Date:

2 August 1986 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Castle in the Sky  »

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1.85 : 1
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Dubbed in 1999, "Castle in the Sky" did not receive a home video release until four years later when Spirited Away (2001) won an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. During that time, it would be shown at the occasional film festival, and sell out with little word-of-mouth. Despite its limited success, Disney's official explanation for the delay was that Studio Ghibli wanted to avoid reverse-importation of the film in Japan and lose R2 sales. However, by 2003, Laputa had long made its money back in dvd sales in Japan, fueling fire to the long-held fan speculation that the company purchased the Ghibli library for the purpose of sabotaging its potential success in the U.S. See more »


When Muska is announcing his rise in rank and plan to the soldiers, he is shown from the side wearing his red uniform, but the next shot from just in front of him shows it changed to green before it's shown afterward, always red. See more »


[after Dola decides to let Pazu and Sheeta become pirates]
Louis: [overjoyed] YES! No more swabbin' the decks! Hooray!
Henri: I won't have to wash the dishes!
Charles: I've peeled my last potato! YEE-HAW!
Henri: WHEE!
[they all fly around and start celebrating]
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The end credits show the remains of the castle Laputa floating on Earth's orbit. See more »


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One of my all time favorite movies, PERIOD.
2 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies, PERIOD. I can't think of another movie that combines so many nice movie qualities like this one does. This flick has it all: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Good vs. Bad and even some Romance (without even an innocent "peck" on the cheek between the Pazu and Sheeta). Maybe best of all, you don't have to be in Mensa to "get it" and enjoy the movie like you do with some of Miyazaki's other movies (I don't know about you, but I watch movies to take a break from thinking). This is just a flat-out enjoyable movie that everyone will like, so do yourself a favor and go buy it. The only sour note is the American Dubbing. I found Vander-Geek to be just plain annoying. But all is not lost, the original Japanese version is on the two-disc set and it rocks! Who cares if you can't understand spoken Japanese? If you can read at a second-grade level then watch the original Japanese recording with English subtitles. You won't regret it.

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