The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG   |    |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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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.




  • Frank Oz and Billie Whitelaw in The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Jim Henson and Stephen Garlick in The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Lisa Maxwell and Kathryn Mullen in The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • The Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Frank Oz and Barry Dennen in The Dark Crystal (1982)

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Jim Henson , Frank Oz


David Odell (screenplay), Jim Henson (story)

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21 December 2000 | Mitora-san
I can never get enough of this!
Finally,I was looking to write a review on one of my favourite Non-Asian Fantasy movies of all time and here I found it!The Dark Crystal is definitely that!

Hmmmmmmm,where to start?Well,we have heard a similar story of good vs. evil from J.R.R Tolkien,but not one so realistic though!But probably the high point is the very deep character development.Probably have to agree with Riza about the skeksis here.They do seem like the most intresting of all the characters (save for Augra). I would not want to run up into them in the dark,or the light for that matter.Jen and Kira are very cute,but I think Kira is a little more interesting than Jen (no,I'm not sexist,I just think that Jen seemed rather emotionless most of the time,but then again,that's what you get by being raised by emotionless creatures).

Not too many flaws in the film.The story is great,the characters are fantastic,the soundtrack is uplifting,the SFX are more real that anything in "The Phantom Menace" and the ending.....well,it needed to be a little realistic,and the lengh needed to be a little bit longer,but other than that,we have a near-flawless masterpiece right up here!

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Co-Directors Jim Henson and Frank Oz were in charge of every aspect of this movie, but according to Henson, his own strengths lay in composing camera shots and movement, while Oz was more in tune with character development and the dynamics of a scene.


Narrator: Another world, another time, in the age of wonder. A thousand years ago, this land was green and good - until the Crystal cracked. For a single piece was lost; a shard of the Crystal. Then strife began, and two new races appeared: the cruel Skeksis,...


The Gelfling puppets have three fingers and one thumb on each hand. When Kira and Jen make their way into the castle via a mouth-like entrance, Kira's right hand has five fingers in the long shot (actors, not puppets, were used for long shots of the Gelflings).

Crazy Credits

The opening credits show only the credits for the crew.

Alternate Versions

The 5.1 audio track created for the 25th Anniversary DVD and subsequent Blu-ray contains some additional dialogue and other audio differences not present in any previous video version, nor in theatrical prints.

  • When Jen is at Aughra's, trying to decide between the three shards, his voiceover now includes the line "I know," just before he pulls out his pipe.
  • After the Scientist's line "Oh it will make you young again sire," he goes on to say, "...and as Emperor you deserve it."
  • When the second landstrider is attacked by the Garthim, Kira is heard yelling, "NO!"
  • When the General orders the Chamberlain's robes returned, the Chamberlain's whimper is a different take than in the original mix.
  • As Kira calls the animals to freedom in the laboratory, the Scientist can be heard shouting, "Back! Back to your cages!"
  • Additionally, Jen's gasp when he sees Kira's footprint (just before Fizzgig startles him) is missing.
  • When Kira knocks out the Crystal Bat with her slingshot, the sound effect of the actual hit is mixed lower than before.
  • Jen's line "Come on!" to his landstrider is almost drowned out by the music, when before it was heard much more clearly.


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Adventure | Family | Fantasy

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