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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.

Director:

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


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PG | See all certifications »

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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:

| (workprint)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original budget of $17 million increased to $22 million and this became Cannon Films' most expensive film. See more »

Goofs

At the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor, He-Man shouts out "I have the power!" as he pulls the sword out of the anvil. You can clearly see that he mouth does not match what he shouts. See more »

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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

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Waitin' Up
Written and Performed by George Highfill (as George High Hill)
Courtesy of Enigma Records
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Greatest film ever made
13 August 2016 | by brandonleeeberhartSee all my reviews

It's better than Transformers, better than Blade Runner, better than Backdraft.

Dolph Lundgren IS He-Man. There are lots of lasers blasting guys that look like Stormtroopers sort of.

Frank Langella IS Skeletor. He always gives a great performance and this is his best, better than Frost/Nixon, where he played one of those guys.

The girl who plays Teela IS Teela. Her outfit is awesome, and she is gorgeous. I would marry her, but I'm not really ready to commit at this point in my life.

That little dude IS Gwildor. He made me believe that a small dwarf could make a thing that creates portals to other worlds.

Special effects are awesome, no Battle-Cat but I heard it's cause they had a big cat but he ate an extra and whatever they had to fire him. The cat, not the extra, he died of blood loss from massive head trauma cause the cat ate part of his face.

Great movie. Dolph Lundgren rules now and forever. You should also check The Punisher, which is the greatest film ever made.

999/99


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