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Director: Peter Yates

Cast: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones


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Meant to be a whimsical sword-and-sorcery film about a prince out to save his princess from the jaws of the Beast, Krull has enough scenes borrowed from blockbuster predecessors (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Robin Hood, Star Wars) and is gentle enough to be rather derivative, ordinary fare. Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) has…  See more details below


Meant to be a whimsical sword-and-sorcery film about a prince out to save his princess from the jaws of the Beast, Krull has enough scenes borrowed from blockbuster predecessors (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Robin Hood, Star Wars) and is gentle enough to be rather derivative, ordinary fare. Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) has inherited a kingdom under siege by the evil Beast, and not only has to rid the land of the monster, but he has to rescue his bride Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) from the Beast's clutches as well. In his magical land, horses can sometimes fly, medieval castles can harbor weapons that light up, and before he can defeat the Beast, the prince has to get his hands on the glaive (French for "double-edged sword"), a razor-sharp, magical weapon capable of killing the monster. One of the more notable aspects of Krull is that a 30-year old Liam Neeson plays the bit part of Kegan, in only his third full-length feature film.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An ambitious sci-fi/fantasy that even in its failures can usually be forgiven for its sheer sense of bravado, Krull offers some truly memorable images despite its somewhat wooden leading man and familiar trappings. Remaining relatively tame in light of like-minded contemporary efforts, Krull nevertheless manages to be effective by means of some truly horrific foes, a reliance on solid storytelling, and a sinister villain pulled straight from the darkest of fairy tales. The melding of appropriately mythic Arthurian sensibilities with such futuristic elements as lasers and a mysterious fortress with the ability to shift location with the rising sun offers an original take on the familiar fantasy mainstays, and even if it does seem overly familiar at times there is just enough originality injected into the visualization of the film that it's hard to dismiss as just another Star Wars clone. Though many will ultimately write Krull off as such, memorable touches such as the shrieking death squeal of the Slayers, a highly original weapon, and an appropriately sweeping score will no doubt provide older viewers with a striking sense of nostalgia while simultaneously offering a solid guilty pleasure for the uninitiated.

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Mill Creek Ent
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken "Hiwatt" Marshall Prince Colwyn
Lysette Anthony Lyssa
Fred Jones Ynyr
Francesca Annis Widow of the Web
Alun Armstrong Torquil
David Battley Ergo
Bernard Bresslaw Rell the Cyclops
Liam Neeson Kegan
Tony Church Turold
Bernard Archard Eirig
Dicken Ashworth Bardolph
Todd Carty Oswyn
Robbie Coltrane Rhun
Belinda Mayne Vella
John Welsh Seer
Clare McIntyre Merith
Bronco McLoughlin Nennog
Andrew Bradford Darro
Gerard Naprous Quain
Bill Weston Menno

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director
Vic Armstrong Stunts
Anthony Bermans Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Boyle Makeup
Francesco Chianese Art Director
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
Graeme Crowther Stunts
Tony Curtis Art Director
Norman Dorme Art Director
John Evans Special Effects
Terry Forrestal Stunts
Colin Grimes Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Geoffrey Helman Associate Producer
Nick Hobbs Stunts
James Horner Score Composer
Arthur Howell Stunts
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Nick Maley Makeup Special Effects
Ted Mann Executive Producer
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Mark Meddings Special Effects
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Gareth Milne Stunts
Michael D. Murphy Cinematographer
H. Nathan Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelvin Pike Camera Operator
Patsy Pollock Casting
Greg Powell Stunts
Tony Reading Art Director
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Stanford Sherman Screenwriter
Ron Silverman Producer
Roy Street Stunts
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Terry Walsh Stunts
Herbert Westbrook Set Decoration/Design
Paul Wilson Special Effects
Nigel Wooll Production Manager

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Krull 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
marla16 More than 1 year ago
I remember watching this on TV when it came out I was 11 at the time and bought it on VHS and still have it. At the time it was state of the art movie, now a days you can see some of the flaws that's ok it's still a good movie, but it's cool to see a young liam neeson in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have to say that this movie is cool.It's kinda like a mix of Star Wars and a medieval tale.I would like to have that throwing star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ladyhawke, the princess bride, willow and labyrinth. awesome how movies back then were sorta cheesy but still pretty good. i saw this on demand and recognized that chakram like weapon which appeared in that south park easter episode. this is the story of a prince, a band of fighers, who help him get back his bride who has been kidnapped by an alien where his mountain fortress arrived from space. cool to see liam neeson before he was well known. some of the scenes i noticed seem a little awkward. the landscapes were amazing, and i noticed that it was face paced including that any fantasy film must have a creepy spider scene. some scenes reminded me of movies or shows from xena warrior princess to indiana jones with the romance like of the princess bride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Krull is one of the best fantasy movies that I have ever seen and probably will ever see. I have seen this movie so many times and never grow tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is TIGHT!!! Krull was one of the only movies of the 80's that makes E.T. look like rubbish. My favorite part is where the guy off Krull (maybe Tom Seleck??) throws that star thing and it totally hit the green-nosed man (evil) in the schlongo. I don't know if anyone saw it, but the main character was laying some mean side-pipe in that movie. I hope people rally around this movie as I feel it makes a case for love-making. I wish I could be a Krull someday.