Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe

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Director: Gary Goddard

Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster

     
 

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Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of

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Dolph Lundgren stars in this live-action film version of the popular television cartoon series (based on a collection of Mattel action figures). Lundgren is He-Man, a well-muscled super-hero, battling the evil Skeletor (Frank Langella) for control of the universe. Skeletor has designs on conquering the planet Eternia, a ravaged utopia ruled over by the Sorceress of Greyskull Castle (Christina Pickles). He-Man is summoned to stop Skeletor's plans. But when the wily dwarf Gwildor (Billy Barty) utilizes his Cosmic Key, He-Man and Skeletor finds themselves transported to California. There, a waitress named Julie (Courteney Cox) and her boyfriend Kevin (Robert Duncan Mitchell) come across the Cosmic Key and become embroiled in the intergalactic battle between He-Man and Skeletor.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Based on the '80s Saturday morning cartoon, Masters of the Universe is a delightfully awful action-adventure fantasy B-movie. Starring a greased-up muscleman fighting off laser blasts with his mighty sword, this movie exhibits all the low points of its genre. The sets are subpar, the interdimensional plot is ridiculous, and Dolph Lundgren's acting is even worse than that of your usual action hero. Though stuck in lame roles, some of the actors at least give an effort, like veteran Billy Barty (as the dwarf Gwildor) and Cagney & Lacey's Meg Foster (as Evil Lyn). As the token good girl, Courteney Cox appears as Earthling Julie in one of her first screen appearances. In between the action sequences, the actors get to speak all manner of straight-faced dialogue concerning weighty topics, especially "I Have the Power!" from He-Man himself. Masters of the Universe is watchable for fans of pumped-up action stars in very little clothing. Otherwise, it falls into the realm of nostalgic value, good for a few laughs from grown-up fans of the original, more lighthearted, cartoon show.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
UPC:
0883929260065
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
23,876

Special Features

Feature-length Commentary by Director Gary Goodard; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolph Lundgren He-Man
Frank Langella Skeletor
Meg Foster Evillyn
Billy Barty Gwildor
Courteney Cox Julie Winston
Chelsea Field Teela
James Tolkan Detective Lubic
Christina Pickles Sorceress of Castle Greyskull
Robert Duncan McNeill Kevin Corrigan
Jon Cypher Duncan, Man-at-Arms
Pons Maar Saurod
Anthony de Longis Blade
Robert Towers Karg
Barry Livingston Charlie
Jessica Nelson Monica
Gwynne Gilford Mrs. Winston
Walter Scott Mr. Winston
Peter Brooks Narrator

Technical Credits
Gary Goddard Director
Hanania Baer Cinematographer
Fredric B. Blankfein Asst. Director
Anne V. Coates Editor
Bill Conti Score Composer
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Michael Flynn Associate Producer
Yoram Globus Executive Producer
Daniel Gluck Set Decoration/Design
Menahem Golan Executive Producer
R.J. Hohman Special Effects
Robert Howland Art Director
Michael Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Kathe Klopp Set Decoration/Design
Evzen Kolar Associate Producer
John Larson Sound/Sound Designer
Bruce Miller Musical Arrangement
David Odell Screenwriter
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Elliot Schick Co-producer,Production Manager
Walter Scott Stunts
William Stout Production Designer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Stephen Tolkin Screenwriter
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Westmore Makeup

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Masters of the Universe 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He-Man Live This is an adaptation of the series. It's not the cartoon characters. Any who expects it to be, will be disappointed. Like the cartoon this has a world where science and sorcery thrive. Action sequences involving both. This also has dimensional travel. Plus new character are introduced - good and evil ones. This is a live movie. Where He-Man, Man-at-Arms, and Teela are hunted and on the run. Where Skeletor is hours away from finally steeling the Power of Grayskull. The Eternian forces of good and evil come to Earth and battle. Then return to Eternia where Skeletor's forces are driven from Grayskull. The finale is an impressive duel between He-Man and Skeletor.
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I grew up loving He-man and Masters of the Universe, but unfortunately this film falls short of depicting a picture that does it justice. He-man in the 80s was great, and with all the older cartoon series hitting dvd, I can only keep my fingers crossed. The directing, script, and characterization in this movie were all poorly done. I doubt that any editing even went into this. A whole universe war is going on in the middle of the city, and no cops? Not to mention multiple contradictions in the story. In one scene Evil-lyn is interrogating one of the characters with a 'truth' device, shortly afterwards this character recalls events he previously could not remember when questioned by the evil princess. This and much more ruin the chances of a decent movie. My suggestion, make a new movie and do it right. But even better yet, as the dying cartoon and toys have shown, maybe the past is just better left in the past. A great series in its time, but only in its time.