The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal

Jim Henson (1982)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Few film-makers feel at home in the realms of fantasy, but Jim Henson had an affinity with the magical. Although The Dark Crystal emerged from the darker side of his imagination, it's still a mesmerising picture that will enchant older children and adults alike. The story is a basic slice of sword and sorcery, following Jen and Kira as they attempt to restore a splinter of a crystal that will free the "Mystics" from the tyranny of the "Skeksis". However, there is a liberal sprinkling of Muppet-style humour to enliven the adventure, and, with the exception of the "Gelflings", the creatures are inspired.


A survivor of a near-extinct race is given a dangerous quest as his world approaches an astronomical event that will decide its future. He must find a way to restore a broken piece to a magical crystal, which has become a source of dark power for the cruel creatures who wiped out his people. Jim Henson's puppet fantasy, with the voices of Stephen Garlick and Billie Whitelaw.

Cast & Crew

Jen Stephen Garlick
Aughra Billie Whitelaw
Kira Lisa Maxwell
Chamberlain Barry Dennen
General Michael Kilgarriff
Fizzgig Percy Edwards
Director Jim Henson
Director Frank Oz
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray