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A 1987 film directed by Gary Goddard for Creator/TheCannonGroup, based upon [[Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse the franchise of the same name]]. The movie features Skeletor acquiring the Cosmic Key, a teleportation device from Gwildor, an eccentric inventor, which gives him an edge in his war against He-Man. Eventually the heroes find an identical device and use it to escape capture, accidentally traveling to a distant planet -- Earth. Skeletor is not far behind. Starring Creator/DolphLundgren as He-Man and Frank Langella as Skeletor, Meg Foster as Evil-Lyn and a young Creator/CourteneyCox and [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Robert Duncan McNeill]] as teenage sweethearts Julie Winston and Kevin Corrigan, who are caught up in the events.

A fictionalized version of the making of the live-action film was later used as the basis for a story arc in Paul Chadwick's ''Comicbook/{{Concrete}}''. Additionally, there's no Prince Adam in this version, only He-Man, which is accurate enough; Adam originally didn't exist in the toyline or the (pre-Filmation) mini-comics that came with them.

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!This film contains examples of
* AdaptationalBadass: This Skeletor is considerably more competent, and much [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] and serious than the original.
* AdultFear: Kevin and Julie are pursued by ruthless mercenaries and have almost no adult figures to help them, as Julie's parents are dead and Carl is brutalized when he tries to help. It's a ''very'' good thing they run into He-Man.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: Eternia is besieged and falls to Skeletor and his armies.
* BaldOfAwesome: Detective Lubic. Also, Skeletor.
* BaldOfEvil: Blade has a shaved head. Again, also Skeletor.
* BigEntrance: He-Man, when he first arrives on earth. Skeletor and his army made a pretty big entrance themselves when they first arrived on the scene. In fact, Skeletor loves this trope, as he makes many entrances in this film often with low camera-angles and up-beat, dramatic music.
* BigFancyCastle / BrightCastle: Castle Grayskull.
* BigNO: Kevin, when Julie is [[spoiler:shot]].
** Julie, when she realizes that [[spoiler:she gave the Cosmic Key to Evil-Lyn, who was disguised as Julie's mother at the time.]]
** Evil-Lyn when [[spoiler:He-Man manages to snatch the key back from her (although he's captured not much later)]].
** If you listen closely, you'll find Skeletor is doing this rather than simply screaming during his DisneyVillainDeath at the end.
* CanonForeigner: Kevin and Julie, TheMovie used only the most immediate characters of the show, He-Man, Duncan (Man-At-Arms), Teela and the Sorceress are the only heroes with a sidekick being a hairy gremlin called Gwildor (who vaguely fills out Orko's role in being comic relief, although he is also a MadScientist who is responsible for the plot). Skeletor, Evil-Lyn and Beast Man are the only villains with a group of improvised minions to fill out his ranks, in particular an eyepatch-wearing bald swordsman named Blade who sort of fills the role of TheDragon. They both got action figures in the toyline, but no attempt has ever been made to integrate them into any main canon.
** The commentary track on the DVD sheds a lot of light on why TheMovie lacked certain key characters from the franchise and why other characters were so drastically altered (notably Teela and Duncan). Suffice it to say, they had only a little money (most of it spent building the insanely elaborate Grayskull set they only barely got to use) and an extremely limited amount of time to film things. (The track also explains the presence of the mysterious pig-faced boy in the Grayskull throne room.)
** An urban legend, popularized by 4th World fan (and comics pro) JohnByrne, was that the movie was a SpiritualLicensee to JackKirby's Fourth World, with Skeletor taking the role of Darkseid and other characters (including the ones created for the movie) having a surprising correlation to each other. [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2006/11/02/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-75/ Read here for the full story.]] The director has admitted to being a fan of the comics, but he still tried to make a legitimate MOTU movie.
** Blade and Saurod (a reptile-man mook introduced in the movie) made appearances in the comic book continuity, making them [[CanonImmigrant Canon Immigrants]] of a sort, [[CanonDiscontinuity despite Saurod getting killed by Skeletor in the film]]. Possibly however they were following on from the movie's comic book adaptation, which did not include Saurod's death. Blade and Gwildor also both received toys in the original toyline.
** Much later, Gwildor and his invention were introduced into the mainstream He-Man story. Blade was integrated into mainstream continuity by way of his ''Masters of the Universe Classics'' toy bio.
* CapeSwish: Skeletor appears to have a fetish for this.
* CarnivalOfKillers: The mercenaries sent by Skeletor.
* ChewingTheScenery: Skeletor just goes all out when he's gaining his newfound power, giving an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOsHoqhbUIU impressive, highly expressive monologue]] for two hearty minutes.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Averted. Blade would prefer to "persuade" Kevin with his knives, but Evil-Lynn [[PragmaticVillainy more sensibly]] opts for using some kind of mental manipulation collar that pacifies him and [[TruthSerum forces him to speak the truth]]. While this is shown to be rather ''mentally'' uncomfortable and painful to Kevin when they're putting the collar on him and later when his friends are breaking it off, it apparently has no lasting harmful effects.
* CouldHaveBeenMessy: An InUniverse and out-of-universe example. When the mercenaries are pursuing Julie, they come very close to hitting her with their blades and projectiles several times, even as Karg is yelling at them not to kill her because they need her alive for questioning. Then all this mayhem manages to touch off an electrical fire on the stage in the gym, from which she narrowly escapes. According to the director's commentary track on the DVD, the fire in this TrashTheSet moment was quite real--albeit controlled--and the filming crew came dangerously close to burning the whole building down for real when the fire momentarily got out of hand. Mercifully for everyone, they managed to contain it before it did too much real damage.
* CurbStompBattle: Skeletor's forces at the beginning lay one on the Eternians offscreen, resulting in most of the Eternian military being either killed or captured.
* DarkerAndEdgier: When compared to the 80's cartoon.
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Subverted. Skeletor falls down a chasm at the end of his duel with He-Man, but TheStinger reveals he survived.]]
* {{Expy}}: Gwildor to Orko.
* {{Flynning}}: In the otherwise epic final battle, He-Man is pretty clearly swinging for Skeletor's staff. [[spoiler:Ends up being [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when breaking the staff takes Skeletor out of OneWingedAngel mode.]]
* GenreShift: Scenes with Julie and Kevin have a TeenDrama feel to them.
* GenreSavvy: Evil Lyn. Skeletor monologuing an AGodAmI speech? Heroes mounting their final desperate resistance against impossible odds? Time to leave. If you watch her facial expressions, you can see her concern mounting throughout the scene.
* AGodAmI: Skeletor has one of these speeches at the climax, right down to the line "I am a god!"
** He does show some signs of being a PhysicalGod, albeit hardly an omnipotent one.
* GreatOffscreenWar: Right before the events of the film Skeletor's forces have taken Castle Grayskull and He-Man, Man-At-Arms and Teela are practically fugitives.
* HookHand: Karg has one.
* HumanFocusedAdaptation: As opposed to the HumanAliens from Eternia, Kevin and Julie take up a lot of the screentime.
* IAteWhat: Teela remarks "What a barbaric world!" when Man-At-Arms shocks her and Gwildor by telling them in a matter-of-fact way that the food they were eating on Earth used to be a live animal.
** Man-At-Arms, meanwhile, smugly finishes his ribs, evidently not sharing their vegetarian principles.
-->'''Man-At-Arms''': Never think when you're hungry!
* IChooseToStay: Lubic chooses to stay in Eternia.
* ILied: Said verbatim by Skeletor after he breaks his promise not to kill He-Man's friends.
* ISurrenderSuckers: It wouldn't be Skeletor if he didn't do this at least once.
-->'''He-Man''': It's over, Skeletor.
-->'''Skeletor''': Yes... for you!
* ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne: Kevin and Julie, two normal earth teens don't like the idea of being chased around and nearly killed just because they happend to find the {{MacGuffin}} that everybody wants. Heck Kevin even tried to [[RefusalOfTheCall refuse the call]]!
** And what are they supposed to do afterward? Tell people they saved the universe from a monomaniacal god at the center of the universe in an alternate timeline? Sure, people will believe that.
* JerkAss: Detective Lubic
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Well hey, he does actually ''do his job'' in helping Kevin look for his girlfriend even if he's a bit of a dick about it; and he's perfectly happy with his reward of a lovely woman and a cushy retirement on Eternia at the end.
* KneelBeforeZod: Skeletor becomes a god and demands He-Man kneel before him, using magic to force him to his knees.
* KnifeNut: They don't call him "Blade" for nothing.
* LargeHam/ EvilIsHammy: Skeletor down to the core. '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S87lvHz1qoM&feature=related I DARE ANYTHING]]''' '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjAUdSgSIzA&feature=relmfu YOU MORTAL!]]'''
** He-Man is also hammy but compared to Skeletor, he is just a slice of ham to his entire mound. During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i-3IVLeIF4 his battle with Skeletor]], it ended up with a HamToHamCombat.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: The soundtrack swells as Kevin tries to remember the Cosmic Key tune to get them to Eternia and finally shouts, "I can't hear myself think. I wish someone would turn that thing off", indicating the music coming from the loudspeaker in the park. On cue, Teela blasts it.
* LightIsNotGood: Skeletor when he absorbs the power of the Great Eye.
--> Tell me about the loneliness of Good, He-Man.
* MageInManhattan: Skeletor and by default, Evil Lyn.
* MagicMusic: How the Cosmic Key works, basically uses a type of FunctionalMagic that works via music: playing certain notes on the instrument much like dialing a telephone causes a spell-like effect to happen. Thus sending the ''dialer'' wherever they wished to go. Near the end of the film Kevin is somehow able to replicate the effect using an ordinary keyboard synthesizer.
* MasterOfIllusion: Evil-Lyn can turn into just about anyone she wants with this power, she used it twice in the film. Once on Gwildor (off screen) and again on Julie.
* MechaMooks: Skeletor's "crack troops" are a bunch of black-armored robots.
** Hardcore fans have supposed that the plot could actually work within the cartoon's timeline, assuming Skeletor killed Hordak and stole his limitless armies.
* MoreThanMindControl: Evil-Lyn uses her magic to confuzzle poor emotionally vulnerable Julie.
* [[MugglesDoItBetter Muggles Do It... Competently]]: Though Earthlings are outgunned because the [[{{Phlebotinum}} technology]] of Eternia is clearly more advanced than Earth's, it appears to derive from similar sources and be fairly easy to master with native technical skill. One scene demonstrates this in that a microwave Kevin happens to be using interferes with the bad guys' scanners (just as it has been known to interfere with our own radio, television, and wi-fi signals). Kevin is able to operate the musical key effectively once Gwildor helps him hook a Casio keyboard from the local music shop up to it, and in one rather entertaining scene, Lubic demonstrates that good old-fashioned shotgun slugs work just as well on those MechaMooks as any of Eternia's energy weapons.
--> HEY! Nobody takes potshots at Lubic!
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Gwildor for creating the Cosmic Key. He states out loud that he wishes he never had.
** Julie, upon realizing that she [[spoiler:handed the Cosmic Key over to Evil-Lyn]].
* NearVillainVictory: Skeletor becomes a god at the climax of the movie, the Sorceress is near-death, and everyone heroic is either captured or fighting a losing battle.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Subverted to hell and back. Skeletor and Evil-Lyn assume that they have the only Cosmic Key after she stole it from Gwildor, but he had a prototype model that he hid from her, thus allowing the Eternians to have a fighting chance of defeating Skeletor.
* OneWingedAngel: Skeletor's gold costume, worn when he becomes a god.
* PluckyComicRelief: Gwildor gets some of the funniest scenes.
* RapidAging: As more and more of her power is drained, the Sorceress ages to the point of death.
* SaveBothWorlds: Eternia ''and'' Earth.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Evil-Lynn and the remaining mercenaries wisely decide to clear out and beat the rush while Skeletor and He-Man are having their FinalBattle.
* TheSixthRanger: Detective Lubic (eventually).
* SwordFight: The film climaxes with two sword fights between He-Man and Skeletor.
** Both filmed on the director's dime, once the money ran out.
* ATasteOfTheLash: After Skeletor manages to capture He-Man, he gets whipped.
* TeleporterAccident: When He-Man's friends show up in a BigDamnHeroes moment at the end, they teleport half a car and a chunk of wall along with them.
* ThrowingTheDistraction: He-Man gets one of Skeletor's MechaMooks to come over to him by tossing a bit of metal onto the ground during the warehouse shootout.
* TrackingDevice: The Cosmic Key has one, of a sort. When the large red button is pushed, it sends out a unique energy signature than can be tracked.
--> How accurate?
--> Within a parsec-eon.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: After it changes hands several times, Skeletor finally wrecks the device the Eternians need to get home, thereby forcing them to stay on Earth. Since he underestimates the {{Muggles}} as usual, however, he makes the mistake of leaving the damaged device and its inventor in the middle of a moderately technologically advanced civilization along with all the heroes except He-Man. Between them, they have all the parts they need to fix it, ''and'' somebody who can figure out how to set it to transport them directly into Grayskull's throne room.
* TreacherousSpiritChase: In the movie, Julie immediately accepts her dead mother turning up in the middle of a siege by magic aliens from another dimension to lure her out the back door of the shop in which she and her friends are holed up defending a powerful alien artifact. Moments later, she accepts that her dead mother needs her to hand over said artifact. Needless to say, it's not really her dead mother.
* TooImportantToWalk: Skeletor arrives on earth sitting comfortably atop one of his intimidating-looking hover-thrones.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace: Or... "Aliens from Eternia".
* YouHaveFailedMe: Poor Saurod.
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