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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... He-Man
... Skeletor
... Evil-Lyn
... Gwildor
... Julie Winston
... Kevin Corrigan
... Duncan (Man-at-Arms)
... Teela
... Detective Lubic
... Sorceress of Castle Grayskull
Tony Carroll ... Beastman
... Saurod
... Blade (as Anthony DeLongis)
... Karg
... Charlie
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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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Only the universe could hold adventure this big! See more »


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7 August 1987 (USA)  »

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Masters of the Universe: The Motion Picture  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,883,168, 9 August 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$17,336,370
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When the extra scene after the end credits where Skeletor says "I'll be back!" was filmed, Frank Langella, wearing his skull mask, was placed into a tank filled with red water. When director Gary Goddard called "Action!", Langella would surface, look back at the camera and give his line. See more »

Goofs

During the climactic battle scene at Castle Grayskull, He-Man jumps up onto a high platform and starts running. There is a bad edit, and it cuts to He-Man running before his feet land. There is also no sound of his feet hitting the platform. 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 »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Nekromantik (2011) See more »

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Living In A Box
Written by Marcus Vere (as M. Verv) and Steve Pigott (as S. Piggot)
Performed by Living in a Box (as Living In A Box)
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records
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Great fun!
3 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

"I Have the Power!"

For those of us who grew up in the 80's, that phrase is all too familiar. Especially for those who would rush home after school to watch our favorite strongman face off against the forces of evil that threaten the safety and security of his homeworld. For my money, it was never better than when He-Man faced off against Skeletor for the struggle for Eternia.

I also remember the fantasies that I and my friends would have of traveling away to that world of magic and fantasy, to fight alongside He-Man as he defends Grayskull. It truly was a series that was out of this world.

And now it's on Earth.

When I first heard about a live action movie, (mind you, I was twelve at the time), I was overly excited about it. But I didn't get to see it until my late teens. And I must say that it was very well done, especially in its presentation. In fact it brought back those far away childhood memories of those late afternoons in front of the tv, or outside with the toys a make-shift Eternia setting with my friends.

I'll grant a few things that were wrong with the movie though. There were times that I think the script was either badly edited, or just too rushed at certain points. I'm also not thrilled about them being on earth, but understanding budget constraints and the idea to make these characters more real than fantasy help feed into that decision, so I let that one go. I would have also liked to see more of the characters from the toys in the movie, but have no complaints that they made up a few cool characters, like Blade.

The casting choices, I felt, were really good. Dolph Lundgren worked as He-Man, even though he can't act. He looked the part, and even pulled off the role. I could tell that he wasn't walking through the part, as many actor will do with character roles (right Mr. Clooney?). And Frank Langella the PERFECT choice for Skeletor. Langella managed to bring that character to life in a way that gave me chills. Skeletor is perhaps one of the greatest villains ever imagined, but the cartoon made him a cackling villain, who was more a buffoon than anything, therefore he didn't seem threatening. But seeing Langella make Skeletor more dark and evil put my faith back into the conviction as a great villain.

You don't have to be a die hard fan of the series to enjoy the movie. It's great fun, imaginative, and it captures a moment in time. Don't scrutinize the movie because it's different from the cartoon. Look at it for what it is, and don't focus on its faults. It had the power to recapture my imagination, so its not all that bad.


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