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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), Jim Henson (story)
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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, a 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 (voice)
Louise Gold Louise Gold ... Gourmand (performer)
Brian Muehl Brian Muehl ... Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice)
Bob Payne Bob Payne ... Historian, Scrollkeeper (performer)
Mike Quinn ... Slave Master (performer)
Tim Rose ... Treasurer (performer)
Jean-Pierre Amiel Jean-Pierre Amiel ... Weaver (performer) (as Jean Pierre Amiel)
Hugh Spight Hugh Spight ... Mystic Cook (performer)
Robbie Barnett Robbie Barnett ... Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim Swee Lim ... Hunter (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Simon J. Williamson Simon J. Williamson ... 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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Taglines:

Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA | UK

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:

$41,357,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,373,966
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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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Trivia

Two other actresses were considered for voice of Aughra. The first had to pull out and was never recorded. The second choice can be heard on the bootlegged "Director's Cut", but she was deemed too difficult to understand by a test audience. Third choice Billie Whitelaw finally recorded the version as heard in this movie. See more »

Goofs

In the commentary track, Brian Froud points out that the Podling drummer has gaffer's tape wrapped around his neck. 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

In the 1994 VHS release, the first five minutes (up to the end of the credits) and the closing credits were in widescreen. Beautiful Celtic-style stone patterns overlapped the top and bottom widescreen bars. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Gelfling Song
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Jones
Performed by Lisa Maxwell
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The beginning of the new and improved Muppets; one of Henson-and-company's best
15 September 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

This sprawling, part-homage-part-totally original fantasy brings us Jen, the last of a group of near extinct creatures who is the only one who can save all existence by bringing a crystal shard back into the balance of the dark crystal, in order to save the world from the evil Skekses. This is quite an enthralling film, and like with the other full-on Muppet films this works on different levels for kids and for adults. Kids may be both scared and enthralled by the scope and details, not to mention the graphic nature of the darker elements portrayed (as a kid I cringed a bit when the 'vital essence' scenes came up). And for adults there's a lot of great craftsmanship that goes into the story, which is with all of the effects and over-the-top creations very well told by directors Henson and Oz. Without the massive usage of CGI or the more controlled visuals from the past fifteen or so years, the mix of the production design (maybe some of the best ever in any fantasy film) and the inventiveness put into the set-pieces and character-creations, is a knockout even by today's standards. It's almost a shame looking back on how a film like this that employs so many people and such time is now spent clicking away on a computer to get it all done. As it is, the Dark Crystal is one of those few examples in post-modern cinema that it does seem something like a sci-fi novel come to life.


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