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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

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Country:

USA

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,336,370
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Albert Pyun's first draft of the abandoned Masters of the Universe 2. The film took place 10 years after Masters of the Universe (1987) and followed He-Man, as he teams up with She-Ra and other heroes to battle Skeletor whom has risen and conquered Eternia after he is saved by a traitor. See more »

Goofs

When He-Man hangs upside down while pursued by Skeletor's Air Centurion, his hair does not hang down. However, since he's "hanging from" an anti-gravity platform, on which he's standing, from his point of view he's standing the right side up. If his hair would fall down (the real down), then his entire body would follow, but that does not happen. Apparently, that's how those anti-gravity platforms work. See more »

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[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

Version of Masters of the Universe vs. the Snake Men (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Dear Mr. Fantasy
Written by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood
Performed by Traffic
Courtesy of Island Records
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Great Fantasy.
28 January 2002 | by wink12345See all my reviews

Some people say it was the Star Wars of the 80's and some people say it was completely horrible. I wouldn't quite agree with either statement. Though not as good as Star Wars, it really isn't that bad of a movie. Especially if you remember growing up watching He-man on TV and pretending that you could hold a magic sword above your head and become all powerful. Yes, some of the lines are cheap and the acting is stilted and questionable at times, but it is still a fun movie. If you forget what I've just mentioned and just sit back and enjoy the fantasy and the adventure, and you will enjoy the movie. Some memorable scenes are the battles in the junk yard, the flying hover craft fight and the final fight between He-man and Skelator. If you're a fan of He-man or any action movie made in the late 80's, I would recommend that you rent this movie.


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