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Masters of the Universe (1987)

Nomination Year: 1995
SYNOPSIS:  From the planet Eternia they come, the greatest heroes the universe has ever known: He-Man, Strongest Man in the Universe; Man-at-Arms, his faithful teacher and weaponsmaster; Teela, Man-at-Arms' daughter; and Orko, strange wizard-dwarf from another dimension. He-Man and his companions must locate the Cosmic Key, which has fallen to Earth, before the evil Skeletor and his minions can lay their hands on it. The Cosmic Key holds ultimate power to anyone who can unlock its musical secrets. While on Earth, He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) encounters a pretty high school student (a chubby pre-Friends Courtney Cox) who helps him against Skeletor.

Best One-Liner

No One Will Recognize Us
Courtney's boyfriend just got his butt kicked by the villains and he's understandably upset when Courtney brings in more weirdos for him to meet. She introduces him to He-Man, Man-at-Arms, and Teela. Just then, Orko, the bizzare little dwarf (Billy Barty), waddles up wearing a dress, a flouncy hat, and all sorts of women's frou-frou.
Orko: "Look! Native garb! If we dress like this, no one will recognize us!"
Boyfriend (pointing at Orko): "What the hell is THAT?!"
Orko (triumphantly to friends): "See?"

Worst Acting

I Prefer My Movies Like My Tuna: Without "Dolph In"
Dolph Lundgren sounded like he had marbles in his mouth throughout the whole film. A particularly comical scene (with Courney Cox) was where he stumbles through the lines: "Uh, it's about dis long. And it's got lights on it." I *hope* he's describing the Cosmic Key.

Actors/Directors of Note
Actor Claim to Fame
Dolph Lundgren Bulgy-bicep action star; supposedly brainy as well as brawny, his Masters in Chemical Engineering sure doesn't show on-screen 
Courtney Cox "Monica" on Friends and now married to David Arquette 
Frank Langella  
Meg Foster Bit player famous for her ice-blue eyes 
Billy Barty A dwarf with a distinctive voice you'd recognize instantly. Played "Sigmund" as in Sigmnud and the Sea Monsters 
James Tolkan  
Robert Duncan McNeill  
Jon Cypher Police chief on Hill Street Blues 
Anthony De Longis Maje Cullah on Star Trek: Voyager 
Director Claim to Fame
Gary Goddard  

Bryan Cassidy

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