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Krull (1983)

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A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.


Peter Yates
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Marshall ... Colwyn
Lysette Anthony ... Lyssa
Freddie Jones ... Ynyr
Francesca Annis ... Widow of the Web
Alun Armstrong ... Torquil
David Battley ... Ergo
Bernard Bresslaw ... Cyclops
Liam Neeson ... Kegan
John Welsh ... Seer
Graham McGrath ... Titch
Tony Church Tony Church ... Turold
Bernard Archard ... Eirig
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Vella
Dicken Ashworth ... Bardolph
Todd Carty ... Oswyn


In the face of total annihilation by the omnipotent Beast's unstoppable hordes of Slayers, the young aristocrats of two hostile neighbouring nations--the brave Prince Colwyn and the fair Princess Lyssa--are about to come into union, and form an alliance against the common enemy. However, the otherworldly adversary is all-powerful, and before long, a fateful abduction will trigger a desperate quest to the evil entity's grim Black Fortress, as Colwyn and a handful of mismatched defenders are willing to dice with death to ensure the land's future. In this suicide mission, the magical, five-edged weapon known as the Glaive is their only chance of survival. Can Prince Colwyn slay the Beast, save Lyssa and Krull, the small planet in the middle of the vast galaxy? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Beyond our time, beyond our universe...there is a planet besieged by alien invaders, where a young king must rescue his love from the clutches of the Beast. Or risk the death of his world. See more »


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Did You Know?


Princess Lyssa Lysette Anthony's voice was dubbed in the final cut by Lindsay Crouse. Robbie Coltrane's characters voice was fellow Brit Michael Elphick. See more »


When Colwyn and his allies see the Black Fortress they intend to attack he says, "It's almost dawn - we must get inside before the twin suns rise!" But the sky is blue with white clouds. When they then ride up to the fortress, it repeatedly alternates between twilight and daylight. See more »


Eirig: We sent to you for help.
Turold: None came.
Eirig: Twenty men were dispatched to you.
Turold: We lost three hundred getting here.
Eirig: I didn't choose this marriage, Turold.
Turold: Nor did I Eirig.
Prince Colwyn: I chose it. Your daughter chose it. It'll be done.
Eirig: Can you lead this army with mine against the slayers?
Prince Colwyn: Whatever army I have I'll lead against them. Till I've won, or am dead.
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Referenced in This Is Automat (2002) See more »

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Great fantasy classic
8 November 2003 | by kevinm-4See all my reviews

I've always loved this movie. And with the success of the "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, perhaps some of these fantasy classics - Krull, Conan the Barbarian, Sword and the Sorcerer, Willow and Excalibur - will again be discovered and recognized for their places in fantasy movie history.

With great battles, nice swordplay, a centaur, a giant spider (what is it with fantasy movies and spiders, from this one with a "musical" web to big bad Shelob?), and yes, the ever important glaive.

The premise of the movie is unique - an alien invasion from space of a fantasy world and a heir to power must first find his courage and then the weapons to defeat the evil.

One of my favorite scenes from the entire movie is when the heroes capture and take flight in the air with thunder horses, who can run so fast they cause flames to spew from their feet and can take to the air. I know, it sounds cheesy - words can't justify it without seeing it with your own eyes. Suffice to say, it's a beautiful moment, especially with an outstanding score sweeping you along with the flying steeds - much in the same vein as the riders of Rohan thundering down the hill to meet the black army at Helm's Deep at the end of "Two Towers. Both are truly moving, emotional scenes.

I've looked for years to find the soundtrack to this movie and, sadly, haven't been able to find it.

This is one of the best fantasy movies made. Definintely worth a look.


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Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,469,415, 31 July 1983

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)| Dolby Digital (DVD)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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