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Masters of the Universe -- He-Man squares off against Skeletor in this live action film based on the cartoon


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From a distant galaxy... they have come to Earth. See more »
A prince turned warrior named He-Man battles against the dark lord Skeletor on the planet Eternia. He-Man and his comrades arrive on Earth and discover two teenage lovers to find the magical Cosmic Key. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dolph Lundgren ... He-Man

Frank Langella ... Skeletor

Meg Foster ... Evil-Lyn

Billy Barty ... Gwildor

Courteney Cox ... Julie Winston

Robert Duncan McNeill ... Kevin Corrigan

Jon Cypher ... Duncan (Man-at-Arms)

Chelsea Field ... Teela

James Tolkan ... Detective Lubic

Christina Pickles ... Sorceress of Castle Grayskull
Tony Carroll ... Beastman

Pons Maar ... Saurod

Anthony De Longis ... Blade (as Anthony DeLongis)
Robert Towers ... Karg

Barry Livingston ... Charlie
Jessica Nelson ... Monica

Gwynne Gilford ... Mrs. Winston

Walter Scott ... Mr. Winston

Walter Robles ... Carl the Janitor (as Walt P. Robles)
Cindi Eyman ... Gloria
Peter Brooks ... Narrator
Richard Szponder ... Pigboy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Carlucci ... Warlord (uncredited)
Nicholas Grabowsky ... Skeletor's Dark Trooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Gary Goddard 
Writing credits
David Odell (written by)

Gary Goddard  uncredited
Stephen Tolkin  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Flynn .... associate producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Evzen Kolar .... associate producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
Elliot Schick .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bill Conti 
Cinematography by
Hanania Baer 
Film Editing by
Anne V. Coates 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
Production Design by
William Stout 
Art Direction by
Robert Howland 
Set Decoration by
Daniel Gluck 
Mike Johnson 
Kathe Klopp 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss 
Makeup Department
Robin Beauchesne .... makeup artist
Lori Benson .... hair stylist
Angelo Di Biase .... hair stylist for Mr. Lundgren
Lauren Hartigan .... body makeup
James Kagel .... makeup lab sculptor
Todd McIntosh .... makeup department head
Zandra Platzek .... hair stylist
Gerald Quist .... makeup lab foreman
June Westmore .... makeup artist (as June Haymore-Pipkin)
Michael Westmore .... makeup designer
Michael Burnett .... special makeup effects assistant (uncredited)
Lisa Rocco .... makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Michael Alden .... post-production supervisor
Alan Gershenfeld .... production manager
Alain Jakubowicz .... post-production supervisor
Leslie Levine .... production supervisor (as Leslie M. Levine)
Joe Morrison .... production supervisor
Elliot Schick .... production manager
John Weems .... production supervisor
Roni Ya'ackov .... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frederic B. Blankfein .... first assistant director
Barbara Bruno .... second second assistant director
John Eyler .... second assistant director
Gere LaDue .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Nancy Booth .... set dresser
Lynn Christopher .... assistant art director
Sharlene Ciraolo .... lead scenic painter
Edward Eyth .... concept designer (as Edward C. Eyth)
Ellen Freund .... property manager
Jean Giraud .... special designer (as Jean 'Moebius' Giraud)
Joe Griffith .... concept designer
Allan Johnson .... carpenter
Andrew Kennedy .... set dresser
Douglas E. Maxwell .... lead man
John Hammer Maxwell .... set dresser
Claudio Mazzoli .... concept designer
David McKlveen .... carpenter
Jimy Murphy .... set dresser
David J. Negron .... storyboard illustrator (as David Negron)
Josh Olson .... art department production assistant
Mary K. Perko .... art department coordinator
Michael Reinhart .... construction foreman
Leo Rijn .... lead sculptor
Rachel Rosenthal .... production design coordinator
Benjamin Stuart Thompson .... carpenter (as Benjamin Thompson)
David Touster .... property assistant
Douglas Turner .... armour construction coordinator
Ron Woods .... assistant property master
Curtis Yackel .... carpenter
Patrick K. Coppinger .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Anna Behlmer .... sound recordist
George Berndt .... adr supervisor
Steve Borne .... assistant sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Ed Callahan .... sound editor
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Mick D'Andrea .... assistant sound editor
Mary Jo Devenney .... boom operator
John P. Fasal .... special sound effects
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
Doug Kent .... assistant sound editor (as Douglas Kent)
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor
John A. Larsen .... supervising sound editor
Robert Martel .... foley editor
Marilyn McCoppen .... adr editor
Harry B. Miller III .... sound editor
Ed Novick .... sound designer
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
David Pettijohn .... sound editor
Barry Rubinow .... supervising foley editor
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... adr assistant
Jenny Weyman-Cockle .... adr editor
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor (as John S. Wilkinson Jr.)
Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects lead
R.J. Hohman .... special effects technician
Robert Hohmen .... special effects crew
Daniel Hutten .... assistant special effects foreman
Ellen Kitz .... special effects supervisor
Karl G. Miller .... special effects crew
Malton Right .... special effects crew
Larry Roberts .... special effects crew
Paulette Smook Marshall .... special effects supervisor
Leo Leoncio Solis .... special effects assistant
Gretchen Van Zeebroeck .... assist production coordinator
Joe Viskocil .... pyro technician (as Joseph Viskocil)
Kim Bailey .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Yancy Calzada .... creature mechanics (uncredited)
Edward J. Franklin .... prop shop (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Susan Alpert .... model shop coordinator
Maura Alvarez .... visual effects animation production assistant
Larz Anderson .... visual effects project leader: swords
Michael Backauskas .... visual effects editor
Don Baker .... visual effects camera
Mat Beck .... visual effects camera
Brent Boates .... visual effects art director
Laura Buff .... visual effects special consultant
Mark Cane .... visual effects grip
Glenn Chaika .... visual effects animator
Dave Chamberlain .... model shop production assistant
Charles Cowles .... visual effects optical camera
Philip Crescenzo .... visual effects: technical supervisor
Mark Dornfeld .... visual effects optical line-up
Richard Edlund .... executive visual effects supervisor: Boss Film Studios
Leslie Ekker .... model maker
Leslie Ekker .... visual effects project leader: flying disks
Robert Eyslee .... visual effects chief lighting technician
James M. Falkinburg .... visual effects production advisor (as James Nelson)
Donald Fly .... visual effects chief financial officer
Meg Freeman .... visual effects animation production assistant
Deborah Gaydos .... visual effects animator
Alan Harding .... visual effects optical camera
Leslie Hewitt .... visual effects optical coordinator (as Leslie Falkinburg)
Adam Hill .... moldmaker/caster/fabricator/body impressions: weapons, stunt suit, Boss Films
Robert Hippard .... visual effects production supervisor
George Jenson .... visual effects illustrator
Lisa Krepela .... visual effects animation production assistant
Neil Krepela .... visual effects matte department supervisor
Mauro Maressa .... visual effects animator
Mary Mason .... visual effects production coordinator
Pat McClung .... visual effects project leader: weapons
Rexford L. Metz .... visual effects director of photography: second unit
Dennis Michelson .... visual effects editor
Virgil Mirano .... visual effects still photographer
Michele Moen .... visual effects matte artist
Thaine Morris .... visual effects foreman
Bill Neil .... visual effects director of photography (as William Neil)
Lisa Neil .... visual effects animation coordinator
Eric Peterson .... visual effects first assistant photographer
Samuel E. Recinos .... visual effects technical animator (as Samuel Recinos)
Chris Regan .... visual effects optical supervisor
Pat Repola .... visual effects head lab technician (as Patrick Repola)
Eugene P. Rizzardi .... visual effects project leader: battle station
Angie Russell .... visual effects animation production assistant (as Anjelica Casillas)
Jon Schreiber .... visual effects special projects assistant
Nick Seldon .... visual effects project leader: puppets
James Sleeper .... visual effects optical camera
Mark Stetson .... visual effects model shop supervisor
Michael Sweeney .... visual effects optical line-up
Eusebio Torres .... visual effects animator
George Trimmer .... model maker
Patrick Van Auken .... visual effects grip
Paul Van Camp .... software programmer
Michael Van Himbergen .... visual effects coordinator
Garry Waller .... visual effects supervisor
Gene Whiteman .... visual effects chief engineer
Terry Windell .... visual effects art director
Stefanie Wiseman .... visual effects first assistant photographer
Debra Wolff .... visual effects editorial production assistant
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects chief matte artist
Stuart Ziff .... visual effects project leader: cosmic key
Jon Macht .... animation camera operator: Title House, Inc. (uncredited)
Bobby Bell .... stunts (as Robert N. Bell)
Brad Bovee .... stunts (as Bradley J. Bovee)
Janet Brady .... stunts
Tony Brubaker .... stunts
Brian Burrows .... stunts
Doc D. Charbonneau .... stunts
Danny Costa .... stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts
Anthony De Longis .... stunt double: Mr. Langella
Loren Janes .... stunt choreographer
Kent Jordan .... stunts
Clint Lilley .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Brian Smrz .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Buckalew .... best boy electric
Skip Cook .... key grip
Rick Davis .... dolly grip
Dan Elsasser .... camera operator
Christopher Fenney .... electrician
Michael Hofstein .... additional cinematographer
Warren Kroeger .... best boy
Richard Kuhn .... best boy grip
Michael E. Little .... first assistant camera
Robert W. McCarty .... grip
Ron McCausland .... key rigging grip
Bob Myers .... grip
Vince Onken .... grip
David M. Rakoczy .... electrician
Brian H. Reynolds .... key grip
Mark Roemmich .... grip
James Rosenthal .... gaffer
Ken Sax .... still photographer
David Schmalz .... videographer
Randy Shanofsky .... assistant camera
Mark A. Shelton .... grip
Don Tomich .... electrician
Ric Urbauer .... best boy grip
John E. Vohlers .... electrician (credit only)
Casting Department
Renee Milliken .... casting assistant
Sally Pearle .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allan A. Apone .... co-special costume supervisor
John Franzblau .... wardrobe production assistant
Carol Kunz .... costumer
Lisa Lovaas .... costumer
Marcie Olivi .... costumer
Maurice Palinski .... costumer (as Frank Palinski)
Joseph A. Porro .... costumes
Lawrence Richter .... wardrobe supervisor
Sharon Swenson .... costumer
Isabella B. Van Soest .... assistant wardrobe
Mira Zabadowski .... assistant wardrobe
Editorial Department
Christopher Cibelli .... assistant editor
Sam Citron .... second assistant editor
Helen Hahn .... negative cutter
James D.R. Hickox .... apprentice editor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator (as Omneya Mazen)
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
Music Department
Corrie Behrhorst .... music coordinator
Bill Conti .... orchestrator
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Ralph Ferraro .... orchestrator
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
William Kidd .... music supervisor
William Kidd .... orchestrator
Stephanie Lee .... music coordinator
Bruce Miller .... conductor
Bruce Miller .... music arranger
Harry Rabinowitz .... conductor
Joel Rosenbaum .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Rick Winquest .... music mixer assistant
Transportation Department
John Conte .... transportation co-captain
Edward Flotard .... transportation co-captain
Jimmy Jones .... transportation manager
H. William Miller .... transportation captain
Joel Renfro .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Stephen Milburn Anderson .... location manager (as Steve Anderson)
Wenden K. Baldwin .... title designer
Denise Ballantyne .... assistant: Mr. Kolar (as Denise Lanzetta)
Fern Baum .... development assistant
Arthur Borman .... production assistant
Bea Ellen Cameron .... intern
Terri Cardinali .... design maquettes
Craig Caton .... creature crew
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Joe De Reis .... design maquettes
Edward J. Franklin .... skeletor armory crew
David Gamburg .... creative advisor: Mr. Lundgren (as David Gamberg)
Brian Gaughan .... production assistant
Lillian Glass .... dialog coach: Mr. Lundgren
Adrienne Hamalian-Mangine .... script supervisor
Bart Heimburger .... location manager
Michael Hood .... design maquettes
Michael Hosch .... lead puppet sculptor
Gretchen Iverson .... assistant production coordinator
Karine Jonet .... unit publicist
Laine Liska .... design maquettes
James D. McGeachy .... armour supervisor
Rick Nathanson .... production executive
Robert Pederson .... unit accountant
Joseph Poma .... trainer: Mr. Lundgren (as Josef Poma)
Brent Scrivener .... speciality prop builder
Kyle Seidenbaum .... title designer
Barbara Slifka .... armour production executive
Susan Lee Smith .... production assistant
Joe Straw .... production accountant
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... assistant: Mr. Goddard
Claire Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Edlund
Cynthia R. Woodard .... location manager

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Also Known As:
"Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture" - USA (promotional title)
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106 min | 139 min (workprint version)
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

Director Albert Pyun had planned to film a sequel to "Masters of the Universe" (with professional surfer Laird John Hamilton replacing Dolph Lundgren as He-Man) at the same time as Spider-Man. Right before filming was to begin, Mattel and Marvel revoked the rights to both properties due to non-payment by Cannon Films. Cannon was reaching their end as a company at the time, as a result of the 1987 stock market crash on junk bonds (which Cannon had used extensively to finance films) and poor overall financial management. In order to recoup some of the money spent on sets, costumes and props from both intended films, Cannon had Pyun quickly get a script written, Cyborg, for one of Cannon's promising new action stars, Jean-Claude Van Damme; although Pyun had Cannon regular, Chuck Norris, in mind to star at first. There has been some confusion over the years in some television listings for Cyborg (1989), with it being billed as "Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg". This lead some to speculate that the script for the proposed sequel had been rewritten for Cyborg. In reality, it was because of the connection of both productions during the demise of the Cannon Films studio.See more »
Continuity: During the climactic battle scene at Castle Greyskull, He-Man jumps up onto a high platform and starts running. There is a bad edit, and it cuts to He-Man running before his feet land. There is also no sound of his feet hitting the platform.See more »
[first lines]
Narrator:At the center of the universe, at the border between the light and the dark stands Castle Greyskull. For countless ages, the Sorceress of Greyskull has kept this universe in harmony. But the armies of darkness do not rest, and the capture of Greyskull is ever most in their minds. For with those that control Greyskull, will come the Power... The power to be supreme... the power to be almighty... the power to be... Masters of the Universe!
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20 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
It is much better that regarded, 27 July 2005
Author: rar2 from United States

I have read a number of reviews on this movie and they are accurate and good for the most part. My credit is to Gary Goddard for all he endured and still getting a credible and succinct movie made.

The fight scenes are real and actual so they seem methodical but they're great. The hair, clothing, make-up, special effects, and down the list we go, is so caked in '80s gunk it would be hard to fight for this as a classic. It is the only He-Man movie out there, and although a sequel beckons, eighteen years have passed without a stir.

If a sequel were to made Langella would have to be Skeletor. I mean the best acting from both he and Lundgren comes when He-Man is being led by the Centaurian. Langella saying "I give you a choice: return to Eternia with me as my slave and save their despicable lives, or perish with them here on this tasteless, and primitive, planet." It's cold and dark and it's authentic. It's chilling and you get chills. Langella overacts sometimes but mostly is great. He took Skeletor from a whiny, irritating, and downright pathetic worm of a guy to a believable, earthy, credible, and despicable evil-doer. We get a taste of the importance of He-man and all that he does, here in this scene, too.

Goddard did something brilliant here, he made the movie personable. He puts these people on Earth, interacting with Earthlings, and putting a grasp on how out there these "aliens" are. But it is also probably why this movie is so widely disregarded, because it doesn't have great and illustrative fight scenes. Instead they are sensible and plotted. To see this movie remade could be a real treat.

Gwildar is, essentially, Orco. He was easy, sensible, irritating, but not nearly as annoying, and unfairly Billy Barty was nominated for a Razzie. The story interlocks with this missing "key" as created by Gwildar. This cosmos idea of God-like power through the manifestation of a fourth dimension is highly advanced. This is why the movie is good. Portals are doors and He-Man is definitely a science fiction adventurer. This puts an Earthy spin on an idea wiling out.

Teela works and Man-in-Arms (Duncan) is good as a faithful sidekick to He-Man. That's what he is. He can hold his own but mostly is fighting for duty of right, and he follows He-Man for he is the epitome of it. Teela's gritty and pitched voice, with her desperate actions, are very formidable. Duncan is best when inspiring Kevin. Kevin is a sensitive guy with a talent. What these Eternians do is showcase pessimism on Earth for their planet is dying at their own hands. They are their own good and evil and it is hard to differentiate, so why care? By the end of the movie Courtney Cox and Robert Duncan McNeill (Julie and Kevin) see that. So does Lubic. The Eternians have no planet and yet they continue to hold hope and forge ahead: He-Man.

Tolkan is not so much a distraction as he is pretentious. McNeill yelling to Tolkan "Lubic this is for real" as he dodges a Centaurian blast doesn't hold much weight, or reality. It is about unity, division, and strength. Both literal and figurative.

Meg Foster is great as Evil-Lyn because she improves the movie rather than take time from Skeletor. Goddard lets most of the acting chops fall to the incomparable Frank Langella. He-Man is the ambassador of good. He is to talk slow, be level-headed, and search for justice. Lundgren does all of these things. He mission isn't to be malicious and blood seeking. When he runs into Julie (and a great fight sequence ensues) it is Duncan and Teela doing some leg work. He-Man is a protector. He'll abate killing Skeletor to keep any and all safe. In all honesty how many lines can you give someone? Someone suggested Brad Pitt as He-Man for a remake. I don't mind Pitt, but he would ham up the screen like some feel Skeletor did. Skeletor's was good, He-Man's would not be. Lundgren, in all honesty, is great. He has a mullet but looks the part, and contrary to popular belief, acts it. He wields the Sword of Grayskull gracefully, yet with force and some clumsiness. It's heavy, but he's well-skilled and versed in the sword. These oppositions are found in the Soceress. She would normally seem bad to us; however, she is the greatest power of good. Christina Pickles gives great lines of philosophy allowing for good banter and humor with Skeletor. And her love for He-Man is very evident and clear with solid acting.

The cartoon is hardly to be found here, aside from the characters and Eternia. Battle cat, and all other characters good and bad, could cloud a remake. But it would be great to see history revealed for He-Man like the new Batman series has done. People forget we like to see depth in our characters. And the character Charlie is filler, not unimportant, but certainly not integral. He's written well. All in all watch this movie because it's really, quite engrossing.

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