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Krull (1983)




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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 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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Stanford Sherman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Krull

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

You enjoy it for that long-ago ten-year-old who remembers how great it seemed.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013

Despite the heaps of '80s hair and the special-effect sparks added to the clanking of swords, this is richer stuff than anything by Lucas before it, or Peter Jackson after it.

Full Review… | February 14, 2010

The only real fun comes from guessing which cinematic predecessor it'll rip off next.

Full Review… | November 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Krull


Having revisited this film more than 30 years since I last saw it as a boy, I enjoyed "Krull" even more that I did then. The special effects are surprisingly strong for a film made in 1983 (for the most part), and the film score is excellent. Costumes are cheap but effective. The acting is dismal, but you do get to enjoy early performances from the likes of Liam Neeson and Robbie Coltrane. "Krull" is enjoyable as silly, retro fantasy fun.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Classic British fantasy film with a classic cast line up of future stars. The plot is very basic and very cliched, you can guess whats gonna happen a mile off but its just so damn cool you gotta forgive all that.
The baddies are like Cybermen in black and the huge evil monster in the dark castle is quite scary hehe scared me when I was a kid haha.
The whole Krull world is really well done and pretty expansive, even though it is dated now it still looks really nice, the costumes aren't too bad and the action is quite strong and works well. Its hard to explain but Krull is just one of those films that works yet you dont know quite why :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Cheesy but appealing. I enjoyed it, but I can't say it's the best thing I've ever seen. lol

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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