Krull 1983

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Special-effects-laden sword and sorcery epic. The imminent wedding of Prince Colwyn (Kenneth Marshall) and Princess Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) seems to have secured peace between their two communities - until they are attacked by the Slayers and their leader, the hideous Beast.

Starring:
Francesca Annis,Ken Marshall
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Yates
Starring Francesca Annis, Ken Marshall
Supporting actors Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2000
Format: DVD
I first saw this film as a wee, ankle-biting nipper, hot as it was on the heels of such sci-fi epics as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. This tale delved very much more into the territory of sword and sorcery, immersing you in the story of Colwyn as he seeks to save his girl from the "Beast", an interstellar-travelling, Stalinesque villain. The special effects may look dated when compared to the more modern day oeuvre, but you'll marvel at the bad 80s hair, Lysette Anthony's overdub, the early performances of pre-Qui-Gon Liam Nesson and EastEnders' Mark Fowler, and the fact that Bernard Bresslaw can play anything other than Sid James's sidekick. Freddie Jones also turns in a fantastic performance as Colwyn's Obi-Wan Kenobi style advisor, so you'd be mad to miss it! It also takes a much darker tone than many other space-based dramas, so watch out for a few surprises at the end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
KRULL of course can not be compared to LOTR, EXCALIBUR or CONAN THE BARBARIAN, but it is a very watchable and quite honest fantasy movie (and there is not a lot of good quality productions in this field).

The story is about the planet Krull where humans reached Middle Age level of development, with some magic involved here and there. Suddenly, one day, an alien spaceship arrives and its one and only crew member, known simply as The Beast, sends his offsprings/soldiers/slaves, half-intelligent Slayers to conquer the planet. Faced with certain destruction two rival kings, rulers of the main powers on Krull, decide to unite their forces by marrying their children and then abdicating. By creating one united empire they hope to be able to face the army of Slayers and other monsters the Beast creates. Unfortunately, The Beast has other plans - and the wedding will be a very tragic one. All of this is just the very beginning of the film...

KRULL is well paced, full of adventures, quite spectacular visually and is reasonably well interpreted. Ken Marshall, whose promising career somehow stopped in the middle of the 80s gives here a very honest performance as Crown Prince Colwyn. Alun Armstrong plays here Torquil the Bandit Leader, who helps Colwyn in his quest - and he really finds here a role right for him and especially for his face... Liam Neeson, who in this time was in the early stages of career, plays another bandit, knife playing Kegan who is Torquil's right hand.

There are many interesting ideas in this movie, which nobody found before and which were not used since.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a movie from the good old days when effects weren't considered to be the be-all and end-all of a good action film.
The film is good fun, and the heroes are likeable. This is one where you'll be supporting the good guys throughout.
The various challenges that the protagonists face throughout also add to the fact that this is more than just a no-brainer action movie.
A fair few good guys get wasted along the way which is nice to see every now and then as it brings a bit of darkness to the film and provokes different emotions depending on who goes.
Although when the Prince fights the 'end-boss' it ends up a little cheesy (you'll know when you watch), you'll still be satisfied as to the outcome at the movie's conclusion.
The plot, acting and even the dated effects are all good and set this film in the right frame as one of the best fantasy films so far alongside Willow (although it can't touch The Lord Of The Rings, which no other fantasy film can do anyway.) .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greshon on 29 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
As a child I found this film disturbing and fascinating. So many scenes were burned into my consciousness even after a single watching - the Slayers attacking the castle, the noise they make when they die (like the Nazi warewolves in one of the dream sequences from 'An American Warewolf in London'), Colwyn (great name!) pulling the death star out of the lava, the old blind seer being replaced by a shape-shifting Slayer with black eyes in the swamp, the widow of the web who changes from shrivelled old woman to a beautiful young girl in front of our eyes, the Cyclops who swapped one of his eyes for the ability to know the moment of his own death getting crushed by the closing rock walls of the Black Fortress, and the 'princess' trapped inside, at the mercy of a hideous 'Beast' who loves her selfishly.

Watching it again as an adult the following went through my mind (1) it's a slow film, especially compared to more modern films, (2) Colwyn is even duller than I expected, and looks a bit like Patrick Swayze and a bit like a lion, (3) it's very similar in plot and characterisation to 'Starwars', (3) I felt sorry for the Beast: the princess doesn't love him because he's ugly; Colwyn winds up with the girl because he's handsome (if you like Patrick Swayze and lions), and she smiles maliciously as he cuts up the Beast with the death star. Poor Beast.

Unlike most of the other reviewer's, I don't go much for the Horner soundtrack. The music always seems to be going somewhere else, and then... cops out. It's a mishmash of other melodies all thrown together in a big bluster of horns.
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