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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

Conceptual artist Brian Froud and puppet designer Wendy Midener met on the set of this movie and were later married. Their son Toby Froud would work on the prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019) as a designer 37 years later. See more »

Goofs

The Gelfling puppets have three fingers and one thumb on each hand. When Kira and Jen make their way into the castle via a mouth-like entrance, Kira's right hand has five fingers in the long shot (actors, not puppets, were used for long shots of the Gelflings). See more »

Quotes

[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 The Goldbergs: Weird Al (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Gelfling Song
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Jones
Performed by Lisa Maxwell
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A very imaginative tale that's easy to love.
12 October 2005 | by Zan-tasticSee all my reviews

"Another world. Another time. In the Age of Wonder." So begins the classic fantasy story that is The Dark Crystal, Henson's best and, to date, only all-creature film. My father bought this movie for me the day I was born, so I quite literally grew up watching it. It's a story that never gets old. The characters are unforgettable, with a wonderful musical score that sticks in the head. Jen, the main character, finds that he is ordained to fulfill a prophecy finally revealed to him by his master, the wisest of the Mystics. A single crystal shard was lost long ago, and must be recovered before the three suns align in the sky. But Jen must first find the shard, and then figure out what to do with it once he has it, all the while trying to stay one step ahead of the cruel Skeksis. And time is running out. The thing that I think makes this movie so memorable is the fact that it is so unlike other fantasy films. It exists in a world all its own, with new creatures and characters you don't find in other films. If looking for a companion to the film, I recommend the book of the same name. It goes into more detail about the world of Thra, and I feel it greatly enhances the immersion into the film. I recommend this film to any fantasy fan who has not seen it, and if you have seen it, I find it worth seeing again.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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