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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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The invented language of the podlings in the movie and the character of Kira, when she is speaking to animals, actually contains several Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian words. They are poorly pronounced, but easily intelligible. "Hvala vam", "dobro", "dodji", "dolje", and others. They are not randomly placed either, but are used properly in the situations. 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

A Skesis funeral scene for the Emperor was cut from the original release. The negatives from this scene were lost, but a home video of the scene appeared years later on special-edition LDs and DVDs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Gelfling Song
(uncredited)
Written by Trevor Jones
Performed by Lisa Maxwell
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Interesting movie.
16 September 2019 | by Michael_RansomSee all my reviews

A well crafted and interesting movie! It was good but lacked a bit of world building so that this magical world of Thra feels a bit empty! The 2019 Netflix Show shads light into this "empty" world and impoves upon it greatly! So I recommend watching the Show first. This is just my opinion, comming from a guy who is a few years to young to have watched the movie back in the 80s.

Finally I would like to say to the critics of puppeteering: JUST GIVE IT A CHANCE! It is really good!


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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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