Masters of the Universe

Taglines:
A Battle Fought In The Stars. Now… Comes To Earth.

Courteney Cox as: Julie Winston
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Runtime: 99 min

Release Date: 26 December 1987

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Malibu Creek State Park – 1925 Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California, USA
Vasquez Rocks, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park – 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA
Whittier, California, USA

Cast Highlights:
…Dolph Lundgren
..Frank Langella

The world of Eternia in the aftermath of Skeletor’s war on Castle Grayskull, which he has won after seizing Grayskull and the surrounding city using a cosmic key developed by the Thenorian locksmith Gwildor. The Sorceress is now Skeletor’s prisoner and he begins to drain her life-force as he waits for the moon of Eternia to align with the Great Eye of the Universe that will bestow god-like power upon him.

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Memorable Quotes

Julie Winston: He-Man, Teela, Man-At-Arms…
Teela: Don’t say goodbye. Say Good Journey.
Duncan: It is an old Eternian saying. Live the journey, for every destination is but a doorway to another.
Julie Winston: Good Journey.

Facts

• Much of the movie, including the music store battle and the scenes with the villains marching triumphantly down a street, was filmed in Whittier, California

  • After the credits, Skeletor’s head pops up from the lake and says, “I’ll be back!” which sets the stage for a sequel that was never made. However, a script for a “Masters of the Universe” sequel was written, only to be re-written and become the script for the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie Cyborg (1989).
  • Actress Christina Pickles (the Sorceress) plays the mother of Courteney Cox (Julie) on the TV show “Friends” (1994).
  • The character of Gwildor was created to replace Orko from “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” (1983).
  • Many of the buildings in the downtown areas shown in the film are no longer standing, having been destroyed during major earthquakes in the 1990s.
  • Dolph Lundgren does all his own stunts in the movie.
  • The original idea was to have the film set on Eternia throughout and be much more faithful to the cartoon, but since the first draft the script was written to have it set on earth and reduce the amount of sets, and strange characters they would need to create.
  • Sarah Douglas was initially approached to play the part of Evil-Lyn, in an attempt to cash in on her success of playing wicked, evil villainesses in Superman (1978), Superman II (1980) and Conan the Destroyer (1984), but the interest came to nothing and ultimately Meg Foster played the part.
  • Due to financial difficulties, Cannon Cinema made a decision to discontinue all filming 3 days before its scheduled end, leaving the movie in a quandary. All the climactic scenes were completed bar the final battle and resolution between He-Man and Skeletor. After 2 months, the Cannon Cinema executives allowed director Gary Goddard to film the ending in a complete, albeit rushed manner.
  • Sylvester Stallone was offered the role of He-Man.
  • The original budget of $17 million increased to $22 million and this became Cannon Films’ most expensive film.
  • Mattel, the toy company that produced the original He-Man toys, ran a contest where the winner would get a role in the new He-Man movie. But since the movie was already under the gun to be finished in time and over budget, director Gary Goddard had to squeeze in the contest winner into the shoot. The winner, Richard Szponder, is featured as “Pigboy” who hands Skeletor his staff when he returns from Earth.

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