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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Although there are nine of them, the Skeksis were originally based on the seven deadly sins. skekShod represented avarice, skekSil represented envy, skekAyuk represented gluttony and sloth, skekEkt represented lust, skekZok represented pride and skekUng represented wrath. The two outliers were skekNa and skekTek. See more »

Goofs

At 1:20:01 when the Garthim are being summoned, the Garthim on the top tier can be seen knocking over the first Podling accidentally, indicating that they were placed to stand there for the scene but had no puppeteer assistance. 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: A Goldberg Thanksgiving (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gelfling Song
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Jones
Performed by Lisa Maxwell
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User Reviews

Excellent Fantasy Classic.
20 February 2002 | by JplindseySee all my reviews

Definitely one of my all time favorite movies as well as Favorite movies since i was a kid. This Unique, entertaining and brilliant Fantasy movie is about a Gelfling ( Elf-like creature) that must return a Crystal shard to the castle of the Dark Crystal ( all powerful force of life) that is guarded by the terrible Lizard Creatures " The Skeckis". If you are a fan of Fantasy, rent or buy this movie for your DVD collection.

Other similar movies Recommended: Labyrinth, The Last Unicorn, The Fifth Element, Star Wars, The Matrix, The Princess Bride.


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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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