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The Dark Crystal (1982)

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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.

Directors:

Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Writers:

David Odell (screenplay by), Jim Henson (story by)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Jen, a Gelfling (performer) / High Priest, Ritual Master (performer)
Kathryn Mullen ... Kira, a Gelfling (performer)
Frank Oz ... Aughra, a Keeper Of Secrets (performer) / Chamberlain (performer)
Dave Goelz ... Fizzgig, a Friendly Monster (performer) / General, Garthim Master (performer)
Steve Whitmire ... Scientist (performer) (voice)
Louise Gold Louise Gold ... Gourmand (performer)
Brian Meehl Brian Meehl ... Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice) (as Brian Muehl)
Bob Payne Bob Payne ... Historian, Scrollkeeper (performer)
Mike Quinn ... Slave Master (performer)
Tim Rose ... Treasurer (performer)
Jean-Pierre Amiel Jean-Pierre Amiel ... Mystic Weaver (performer) (as Jean Pierre Amiel)
Hugh Spight Hugh Spight ... Mystic Cook (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Robbie Barnett Robbie Barnett ... Mystic Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim Swee Lim ... Mystic Hunter (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Simon J. Williamson Simon J. Williamson ... Mystic Chanter (performer) (as Simon Williamson)
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Storyline

Another planet, another time. One thousand 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, 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 Skeksis their power and restore the balance of the universe. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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When evil screams throughout the world, when all three suns converge, when all that's fair and fine seems lost... a hero will emerge! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Skeksis creatures were later reused as the Halosians in Farscape: Out of Their Minds (2000). See more »

Goofs

When Aughra squats down and tells Jen "There is much to be learned and you have no time." As she says that there is a piece of hair in her mouth, as she says the line it falls out, but when they cut back to her the hair is back in her mouth. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Another world, another time, in the age of wonder. A thousand years ago, this land was green and good - until the Crystal cracked. For a single piece was lost; a shard of the Crystal. Then strife began, and two new races appeared: the cruel Skeksis, the gentle Mystics. Here in the castle of the Crystal, the Skeksis took control. Now the Skeksis gather in the sacred chamber, where the Crystal hangs above a shaft of air and fire. The Skeksis with their hard and twisted bodies, their ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show only the credits for the crew. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 5.1 audio track created for the 25th Anniversary DVD and subsequent Blu-ray contains some additional dialogue and other audio differences not present in any previous video version, nor in theatrical prints.
  • When Jen is at Aughra's, trying to decide between the three shards, his voiceover now includes the line "I know," just before he pulls out his pipe.
  • After the Scientist's line "Oh it will make you young again sire," he goes on to say, "...and as Emperor you deserve it."
  • When the second landstrider is attacked by the Garthim, Kira is heard yelling, "NO!"
  • When the General orders the Chamberlain's robes returned, the Chamberlain's whimper is a different take than in the original mix.
  • As Kira calls the animals to freedom in the laboratory, the Scientist can be heard shouting, "Back! Back to your cages!"
  • Additionally, Jen's gasp when he sees Kira's footprint (just before Fizzgig startles him) is missing.
  • When Kira knocks out the Crystal Bat with her slingshot, the sound effect of the actual hit is mixed lower than before.
  • Jen's line "Come on!" to his landstrider is almost drowned out by the music, when before it was heard much more clearly.
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Connections

Referenced in Honest Trailers: Deep Blue Sea (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pod Dance
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Jones
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TOLKIEN would love this movie !
9 September 1999 | by AlcaminhanteSee all my reviews

This must be, along with KRULL, one of the most forgotten fantasy movies ever ! I´ve been searching for a VHS copy of DARK CRYSTAL, for years now ! Nobody seems to have ever released this on tape !

WHY, is this movie so hard to find ?!! I´m fortunate enough to have a copy of it, but it isn´t a very good copy at all, because it was taped about 10 years ago, from a movie channel, and it´s got tons and tons of satelite interferences and "rain" in the image. At least i get to own the movie. I guess...

The first time i´ve seen anything about DARK CRYSTAL, was back in 1982 when i was 12 years old. I wento to see Spielberg´s - ET, and before it, the presentation movie trailer for DARK CRYSTAL came on the screen. I remember that i was much more impressed by it, than by ET. By the end, all i wanted to know was when DARK CRYSTAL would be on the theater. I was so impressed by it, that those 2 minutes from the presentation stayed in my mind ever since, and all that i remember from the day i went to see ET, was that i watched 2 minutes of something that i never thought it existed or would be possible. Remember it was 1982, and in those days, children´s programs on tv didn´t included the amount of fantasy stuff that it is showned today, so watching that was somehow a revelation for me.

Anyway 6 year later i got to finaly see it, on a forgotten childrens matinee, and i loved every minute of it, altough i felt even then that it had some dull parts in it. Somehow there is something diferent with the pace this story is told. Even now i feel this, each time i watch DARK CRYSTAL.

But this is just a minor thing. Maybe i´m being just picky. Because DARK CRYSTAL is a masterpiece, it might have its flaws, but that doesn´t prevent it from being one of the greatest fantasy movies ever. Even though is so forgotten by everyone. Even i forget i have it. In a way, this is an Historical movie, because to my knowledge this was the first time that the atmosphere from the now common fantasy novels was portraited in a movie. And what a begining !!! Jim Henson got it right, right at the first try !

Every time i watch this i only wished he had lived enough time to adapt TOLKIEN´s - LORD OF THE RINGS to the movies. He would make a fantastic job for sure.

With DARK CRYSTAL ,Jim Henson achieved a perfect balance between a kids movie and a fantasy movie for adult viewers. This only added credibility to the world he created for this story. Just for this alone he should be praised. He showed the way, a fantasy movie should be made, but nobody in Hollywood seem to have learned anything from it.

I have read that DARK CRYSTAL, was a comercial flop, because it was released during the ET days, and not many people went to see it. Wich is a sad thing, because a masterpiece like this deserved to have filled the theaters. Maybe adults thought it was just for kids and the kids wanted to see ET, so it flopped. I read that even american reviews attacked DARK CRYSTAL. Maybe it was the usual in america, when a movie can´t be put in a category, nobody makes many efforts to publicize it. And i bet this was a nightmare to some people who had to publicize it. How would they present it ?

So if, you can find it, you have to see this movie ! I f you like fantasy, you´ll go nuts with it. Only the landscapes are enough to make anyone drool. The story is very,very good and much more adult oriented than it might seem at first, the pecial effects are pefect for it, the soundtrack is excelent, and the characters are very lifelike and believable. I only don´t like very much of the hero, it feels to much like a pupet. Compared to the others is a bit strange.

It´s time DARK CRYSTAL gets the atention it desrerves, this is a brilliant movie.


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Language:

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Release Date:

17 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Chrysalis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,657,335, 19 December 1982

Gross USA:

$41,613,957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,630,431
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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