July 29th, 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.

Release Year: 1983

Rating: 5.8/10 (11,538 voted)

Director: Peter Yates

Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones

From the sky will come the Black Fortress. From the Fortress will come the Slayers to devour the planet of Krull. Then shall a girl of ancient name become queen...she shall choose a king...and together they shall rule the planet. And their son shall rule the galaxy.

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 - Turold
Bernard Archard - Eirig
Belinda Mayne - Vella
Dicken Ashworth - Bardolph
Todd Carty - Oswyn

Taglines: A world light-years beyond your imagination.

Release Date: 29 July 1983

Filming Locations: Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,469,415 (USA) (31 July 1983)

Gross: $16,519,460 (USA) (21 August 1983)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

Frank Price, then-president of Columbia Pictures, determined that an unknown American actress would help state side ticket sales as opposed to an unknown English actress. With that logic in mind, Price met with Lysette Anthony and informed her that all of her dialogue had been dubbed by actress Lindsay Crouse. Anthony was totally unaware that her voice was to be dubbed prior to the meeting.

Revealing mistakes: When Ynyr comes back from the widow of the web and declares "At sunrise the Black fortress will appear in the Iron desert!" he falls over. As he does so he damages the 'rock' he is standing on, revealing the polystyrene it's made from underneath.

Ynyr: We all risk our lives on this journey. My risk is no greater than yours.

User Review

Why you MUST give Krull a second look.

Rating: 10/10

'Fantasy', in the traditional 'Dungeons & Dragons' sense, in the movies is often seen by the general public as a warning sign (and often rightly so). On the surface, Krull does seem like standard fantasy cliche. Prince must rescue princess from monster. Not very promising so far, is it? Already starting to lose interest? YOU FOOLS! Consider these additional elements: An orchestral soundtrack by the mighty James Horner (Titanic), which is possibly the best score he has ever written, possibly even THE best score ever written; A brilliant mostly-British cast, including Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane, Tucker Jenkins :) and a host of other distinguished actors; A script which is so corny that it cannot fail to be fantastic when delivered with such hammed-up enthusiasm by the actors; and finally a few brilliant touches such as the boyhood-dream-weapon the Glave - a giant mind-controlled shuriken. This film falls in to the same category as Flash Gordon which was released a few years before - epic, brit-centric, totally entertaining masterpieces of camp grandeur. Don't write it off until you've seen it enough to appreciate its subtleties.


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