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The 1983 fantasy / science fiction adventure film.

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How Much Stuff Can We Rip On?

  • Feb 3, 2002
... KRULL isn't a terrible movie (believe me, there are a lot of worse films out there, even in the sci-fi field... However, nor is it that good of a movie either. The premise of the film is interesting: evil dark lord kidnaps newly married queen and her presumed dead king seeks to find her. Well, that's not interesting, the interesting part is that the dark lord's castle keeps moving to a different location on the planet of Krull every 24hrs and only one or two people know where its going to show up next.

The problem with KRULL is that it doesn't really know what kind of film it is (is it sci-fi or fantasy?; is it supposed to be cheesy or is it supposed to be a serious film that just turned out cheesy; etc.). The film has a personality disorder that just can't be solved.

Anyway, the best part of KRULL is watching it to see how many different films and classic stories it rips on....KRULL has scenes and elements taken from everything from STAR WARS to E.T. to LORD OF THE RINGS to THE ODYSSEY...Besides that, the film has appearances of Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane and was directed by Peter Yates.

Overall, a movie to watch on a rainy afternoon if you have nothing better to do. Oh, go ahead and laugh. It'll do you good.

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review by . April 30, 2005
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Take the whiz-bang fantasy of films like the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, mix in two parts "Star Wars," and add a pinch of modest flicks like "Legend," and you have the perfect formula for "Krull." Though the cheese factor is quite high, Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, and friends make the best of this fantasy/sci-fi flick.    Ten times better than the schlock on SciFi Channel, "Krull" has a little something for everyone. There's a nasty bad guy(The Beast) who is intent on taking …
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There's something inescapably appealing about this camp 1983 Star Wars-meets-The Lord of the Rings knockoff that encourages the viewer to overlook its many silly shortcomings and simply enjoy the fun. James Horner's rollicking music score certainly helps, as does the epic-scale CinemaScope photography of the breathtaking Italian landscapes. The costumes and extravagant production design are also great to look at, and much of Derek Meddings's visual effects work still looks striking. Freddie Jones stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast as the wise Ynyr, while the two romantic leads, Ken Marshall as Prince Colwyn and Lysette Anthony (with an overdubbed American voice) as Princess Lyssa, are mere formalities on which to hang the plot. The all-British supporting cast includes Todd Carty, Bernard Bresslaw, Robbie Coltrane, Liam Neeson, and the gorgeous Francesca Annis. If you feel the need for some escapist sword-and-sorcery fantasy, then Krull delivers in full measure.--Mark Walker
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Director: Peter Yates
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 29, 1983
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Stanford Sherman
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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