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Masters of the Universe (1987)

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The heroic warrior He-Man battles against the evil lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

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Gary Goddard

Writer:

David Odell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... He-Man
Frank Langella ... Skeletor
Meg Foster ... Evil-Lyn
Billy Barty ... Gwildor
Courteney Cox ... Julie Winston
Robert Duncan McNeill ... Kevin Corrigan
Jon Cypher ... Duncan (Man-at-Arms)
Chelsea Field ... Teela
James Tolkan ... Detective Lubic
Christina Pickles ... Sorceress of Castle Grayskull
Tony Carroll Tony Carroll ... Beastman
Pons Maar ... Saurod
Anthony De Longis ... Blade (as Anthony DeLongis)
Robert Towers ... Karg
Barry Livingston ... Charlie
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Storyline

On the planet Eternia, Skeletor and his dark army overthrow the Sorceress of Castle Grayskull expecting to acquire her power. He-Man, his old friend Duncan "Man-at-Arms" and his daughter Teela are attacked by Skeletor's soldiers and they defeat them. They also rescue their prisoner, the inventor and locksmith Gwildor. He explains that he was lured by Evil-Lyn that used his invention the Cosmic Key to open the gates and seize the Castle Grayskull. He-Man and his friends retrieve the prototype of the Cosmic Key trying to release the Sorcereress but they are defeated by Skeletor and his army and Gwildor uses his key to open and portal for them to flee. They come to Earth but lose the key. Meanwhile, Julie Winston, who grieves the loss of her parents in a plane crash, and her boyfriend Kevin Corrigan find and activate the key, believing it is a foreign musical instrument. On Eternia, Evil-Lyn locates the Cosmic Key and Skeletor sends her with a group of mercenaries and soldiers to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A battle fought in the stars, now... comes to Earth. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Israel

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,883,168, 9 August 1987

Gross USA:

$17,336,370

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,336,370
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Snake Mountain was actually going to be in the live-action "Masters of the Universe" movie. A matte painting was to be done for the exterior, while the interiors, known as Skeletor's Palace, were drawn by production designer William Stout. Stout had drawn a series of byways throughout the floor plan with small rivers of lava flowing through the ground around Skeletor's throne in the throne room. The shapes for Skeletor's throne room, also called the Lava Lounge, were inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's design of the Imperial Hotel in Japan. Plans for Snake Mountain were quickly scrapped before a set could be built to keep the film's budget low, much to the anger and disappointment of He-Man fans. See more »

Goofs

When Gwildor asks Kevin and Julie if there's any point in time they wish to go, Kevin says to just send them both home. As Julie and Kevin go through the portal that Gwildor opened, Julie quickly turns around and tells Gwildor to send them back. Before she can say anything else, Kevin drags her into the portal. Julie then wakes up in her bed and finds she had been taken back to the day her parents died. There's no way Gwildor should have been able to do it since he knows nothing of the death of Julies parents or when they died. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: At the center of the universe, at the border between the light and the dark stands Castle Greyskull. For countless ages, the Sorceress of Greyskull has kept this universe in harmony. But the armies of darkness do not rest, and the capture of Greyskull is ever most in their minds. For with those that control Greyskull, will come the Power... The power to be supreme... the power to be almighty... the power to be... Masters of the Universe!
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits have ended, Skeletor's head, sans cowl, pops up from the waters of the pit he was thrown in, and says "I'll be back!". See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Living in a Box
Written by Marcus Vere (as M. Verv) and Steve Pigott (as S. Piggot)
Performed by Living in a Box
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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A lot of fun! Some great performances as well...
3 July 2005 | by Sentinel-15See all my reviews

I first saw this movie way back in the 80's, and recently got hold of the DVD. I'm pleased to say I still enjoyed it as much as I did back then! While the decision to place part of the story in 1980's suburban America, planet Earth, was no doubt a way to keep the budget low, the end result is still a lot of fun, and the main characters manage to stay pretty close to their original characters. Naturally, though, I'd loved to have seen some more of Eternia instead. Unfortunately, the promised sequel never came to be.

Frank Langella is simply brilliant; his bigger-then-life portrayal of Skeletor may be different from what they did in the TV series, but it works great. He commands every scene he is in, and his performance is powerful yet subtle at certain moments. Wonderful! By the way, be sure to watch until the end credits are over...

Dolph Lundgren, while perhaps not quite the eloquent thespian Langella is, does make a formidable old-fashioned hero.


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