The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love?Written by
In the mural painted on the outside wall of The Slaughtered Prince pub, the victorious prince standing over the prince that he has slaughtered, has Peter O'Toole's face. The pub name, "The Slaughtered Prince," is a sly reference to the pub The Slaughtered Lamb in An American Werewolf in London (1981). See more »
Toward the end of the movie, Lamia uses a steel on the edge of her glass knife (presumably to sharpen it). Steels are only used to correct a curled edge on a regular knife. A glass or crystal knife's edge cannot curl, so a steel would not help and might actually damage the edge. This error was also present in Neil Gaiman's novel: in the commentary to the audio-book he says that while recording it he noticed for the first time that he had made "a huge and embarrassing mistake in sheer physical science" when writing the novel because during a revision he had changed the knife from metal to obsidian (volcanic glass) but had left in the description of Lamia sharpening the knife on a whetstone. See more »
A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?" Pointless, really... "Do the stars gaze back?" Now *that's* a question.
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After the end of the credits, the pirates can be heard growling again. See more »
This movie has everything a fantasy movie should have, romance, clever witticisms, great acting and a fair dose of magic.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and was drawn to its original plot (based on the Neil Gaiman novel which I am now looking to read) and colorful characters.
One of the most striking things to me actually was how self contained the story is. Unlike so many sci-fi fantasy movies out there right now which leave open-endings and such this was a pure fairy-tale, satisfying in and of itself with no need for a sequel.
Original. Fun. Feel-good Fantasy.
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