The Dark Crystal

Release Date: July 10th, 1990

DVD Release Date: October 5th, 1999

PG |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

Cast: John Baddeley, Stephen Garlick, David Buck, Barry Dennen, Percy Edwards, Michael Kilgarriff, Lisa Maxwell, Brian Muehl

Director: Jim Henson , Frank Oz

Genres: Fantasy , Children

Production Co: Jim Henson Productions, Incorporated Television Company

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Dark , Creative , Underdog , Love interest , Quest ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    Imagine for a moment Lord of the Rings peformed by puppets and hydraulically operated monsters against a background of realistic fantasy, and you have an idea of The Dark Crystal. It's the kind of film that children may take for granted, but that adults are transfixed by; there is much oohing and aahing in the seats. [20 Dec 1982, p.B8]

  • 50
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The Dark Crystal sees through a dark crystal: There is much to marvel at, but there is much that is obscure, and much that may not be there at all. [17 Dec 1982]

  • 70

    Design and artistry here is the primary draw of The Dark Crystal, not necessarily the writing or the performances or the direction (Henson and Frank Oz shared the directing responsibilities for this one), although the are no glaring missteps in any of those areas. show more

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Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1983)