The Dark Crystal

December 17th, 1982


The Dark Crystal

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On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 7.1/10 (20,497 voted)

Director: Jim Henson

Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz

Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began! The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw. Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe.

Writers: Jim Henson, David Odell

Jim Henson - Jen / High Priest (Ritual Master) / Podling / Additional Characters
Kathryn Mullen - Kira, A Gelfling (performer) / Jen, A Gelfling (assistant) / Additional Characters (uncredited)
Frank Oz - Aughra - A Keeper Of Secrets / Chamberlain / Podling / Additional Characters
Dave Goelz - Fizzgig, A Friendly Monster (performer) / General (Garthin Master) (performer) / Dying Emperor (performer) / Podling (performer)
Steve Whitmire - Scientist (performer and voice) / Kira, A Gelfling (assistant) (voice)
Louise Gold - Gourmand (performer)
Brian Muehl - Ornamentalist (performer and voice) / Urzah (performer) / Dying Master (performer and voice) (voice)
Bob Payne - Historian (Scrollkeeper) (performer)
Mike Quinn - Slave Master (performer)
Tim Rose - Treasurer (performer)
Jean-Pierre Amiel - Weaver (performer) (as Jean Pierre Amiel)
Hugh Spight - Cook / Landstrider (performer)
Robbie Barnett - Numerologist (performer) / Landstrider (performer)
Swee Lim - Hunter / Landstrider - Performer
Simon Williamson - Ursol, The Chanter (performer)

Taglines: Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.

Release Date: 17 December 1982

Filming Locations: Twyecross, Leicestershire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $4,657,335 (USA) (19 December 1982) (858 Screens)

Gross: $40,577,001 (USA) (9 January 1983)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

From a budget of $15 million, the film made slightly over $40 million, a rather disappointing figure. This was put down to the fact that many parents felt the film was too scary for their children and also because it opened against the box office juggernaut that was E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial.

Crew or equipment visible: When the evil Ritual Master calls for the crystal bats to fly away to watch Jen and Kira you can see thin white strings as the bats fly from the castle ceiling.

Aughra: Questions, questions, too many questions. You want a shard? Here!

User Review

A Dream

Rating: 10/10

This movie is like an odd, but wonderful dream. It takes place in a fantasy world, created by the talented duo, Frank Oz and Jim Henson. Everything in this film is so meticulously done, that it still lives on to this day. Computer effects be damned. This film has texture, and it is pleasing to watch. This movie, as you will see, was made for kids. But really, it is a masterpiece in film-making. True, good, story-telling. Sure, kids will love it, but the film isn't really aimed at them like most kid movies are. It is complicated, eerie, beautiful, and intelligent... most of all, mystical. I reccomend this to anyone seriously interested in film, especially fantasy... not to be missed!


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