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Promotional poster
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Written by Screenplay:
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Ian McKellen
Starring Claire Danes
Charlie Cox
Sienna Miller
Ricky Gervais
Rupert Everett
David Kelly
Nathaniel Parker
David Walliams
Jason Flemying
Mark Strong
Special Appearance by
Peter O'Toole
with Michelle Pfeiffer
and Robert De Niro
Music by Ilan Eshkeri, Rule the World by Take That
Cinematography Ben Davis
Editing by Jon Harris
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 10, 2007
Running time 128 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $88.5 million[1]
Gross revenue $135,553,806

Stardust is a 2007 fantasy film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The film is based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name, illustrated by Charles Vess, originally published by Avon Books, and stars an ensemble cast including Charlie Cox, Ben Barnes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Sienna Miller, Rupert Everett, Ricky Gervais, David Walliams, Nathaniel Parker, Peter O'Toole, David Kelly, Robert De Niro, and Mark Heap. Narration is by Ian McKellen.

In 2008 it won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.



The English village of Wall lies near a stone wall that is a border with the kingdom of Stormhold in another, magical world. A guard is constantly posted at a hole in the wall to prevent anyone from crossing. In the capital of Stormhold, the king is on his deathbed. He throws a ruby into the sky, decreeing that the first of his fratricidal sons to recover it will be the new king. The gem collides with a star, and they fall together and land elsewhere in Stormhold. The king's remaining two sons, Primus and Septimus, independently search for the gem.

In Wall, Tristan Thorne sees the star fall behind the wall, and vows to retrieve it for the object of his infatuation, Victoria, in return for her hand in marriage. His father reveals to him that his mother is from the other side of the wall, and gives him a Babylon candle that she had left for him, which instantly transports the user to any desired location. Tristan lights it and is transported to the fallen star, a beautiful woman named Yvaine. He promptly chains her in order to take her home to Victoria.

Three witches in Stormhold learn of the fallen star and resolve to find her, intending to eat her heart in order to recover their youth and replenish their magical power. One of the witches, Lamia, sets a trap for Yvaine, magically conjuring an inn in the countryside.

Yvaine is weary and unaccustomed to daytime travel, so Tristan chains her to a tree and promises to return with food. In his absence, a unicorn frees Yvaine, then unwittingly takes her to Lamia's inn. Tristan discovers Yvaine gone and lies down to rest. The stars whisper to Tristan, warning of Yvaine's danger and begging him to save her, instructing him to get on a passing stagecoach which happens to be Primus's.

Yvaine rides a unicorn to safety

Tristan and Primus arrive at the inn, interrupting Lamia's attempt to kill Yvaine. Lamia kills Primus, but Tristan and Yvaine escape using the Babylon candle. Because they're each thinking of their respective homes, the candle takes Tristan and Yvaine into the storm clouds, between the earth and the stars, where they are captured by pirates in a flying ship. They befriend the kind-hearted Captain Shakespeare, who teaches Tristan how to fence and fight, and gives him a haircut which lengthens his hair.

Septimus arrives at the site of the inn and discovers that he is the last surviving son of the king, only needing to find the stone to accept the throne. He learns that it is in the possession of the fallen star and that the heart of a star grants immortality.

After leaving Captain Shakespeare's ship, Tristan and Yvaine make their way to a village near the wall, where they spend the night at an inn. Come morning, Tristan leaves Yvaine sleeping and goes to Wall, bringing with him a lock of her hair, to tell Victoria that he won't marry her, having fallen in love with Yvaine. When the lock turns to stardust, he realizes that Yvaine will die if she crosses the wall, and he rushes back to save her.

Yvaine wakes up to find Tristan gone, and she starts walking toward the wall, believing that he abandoned her to go back to Victoria. Tristan's mother, Una, notices Yvaine walking to her doom, so she takes her caravan to the wall to stop her. Lamia arrives and captures both Yvaine and Una, taking them to the witches' castle.

Septimus and Tristan both pursue Lamia and meet at the castle, agreeing to work together for the time being. Barging into the witches' castle, Septimus recognizes Una as his sister, daughter of the king. Una and Tristan meet for the first time, and she informs him that she is his mother.

Septimus and Tristan fight the witches, but Lamia kills Septimus using a voodoo doll, then uses it to make his corpse fight Tristan. Just as Lamia is about to kill Tristan, Yvaine, more in love with Tristan than ever, unleashes a wave of starlight that disintegrates Lamia.

Tristan retrieves the jewel that Yvaine was wearing. Una explains that Tristan is the last male heir of Stormhold. Tristan becomes the new king with Yvaine as his queen. Later, after eighty years of ruling Stormhold, they both use a Babylon candle to ascend to the sky, where Tristan also becomes a star. Since Yvaine "gave her heart" to Tristan, the two will live forever in the sky.


  • Charlie Cox as Tristan Thorne, the protagonist. He vows to find a fallen star to bring to Victoria, but finds a young woman whom he winds up falling in love with.
  • Claire Danes as Yvaine, the star sought by Tristan, the witches, and the princes of Stormhold. She glows more brightly as she falls in love with Tristan.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer as Lamia, the witch-queen who attempts to cut out and steal Yvaine's heart to gain immortality as well as regain her beauty.
  • Robert DeNiro as Captain Shakespeare of the Caspartine, a famous pirate with a reputation for being cruel, though in reality he is kind-hearted.
  • Jason Flemyng as Primus, the firstborn son of the king.
  • Mark Strong as Septimus, the cruelest of the seven Stormhold princes.
  • Nathaniel Parker as Dunstan Thorne, Tristan's father.
  • Ben Barnes as Young Dunstan Thorne.
  • Kate Magowan as Una, Tristan's mother.
  • Sienna Miller as Victoria Forester, Tristan's crush for whom he first obtains the star.
  • Peter O'Toole as the king of Stormhold.
  • Joanna Scanlan as Mormo, one of the witches.
  • Sarah Alexander as Empusa, the youngest of the witches.
  • Ricky Gervais as Ferdy the Fence, a frequent client of Shakespeare.
  • Rupert Everett as the ghost of Secundus, one of the dead princes.
  • Mark Heap as the ghost of Tertius, one of the dead princes.
  • Julian Rhind-Tutt as the ghost of Quartus, one of the dead princes.
  • Adam Buxton as the ghost of Quintus, one of the dead princes.
  • David Walliams as the ghost of Sextus, one of the dead princes.
  • Melanie Hill as Ditchwater Sal, the witch who kept Una as a slave.
  • David Kelly as the wall guard.
  • Jake Curran as Bernard, a country boy whom Lamia turns into a goat.
  • Mark Williams as the human form of Billy, a goat.
  • Henry Cavill as Humphrey, Victoria's boyfriend.
  • Ian McKellen as the narrator.



The 1998 fantasy novel Stardust by Neil Gaiman was first optioned for the movies by Miramax in 1998-9. According to Gaiman, the film went "through an unsatisfactory development period", and he recovered the rights after they expired.[2] Eventually, discussions about a film version of Stardust began taking place between Gaiman, director Terry Gilliam and Matthew Vaughn. After Gilliam dropped out following his involvement with The Brothers Grimm, Vaughn left the talks to direct Layer Cake. Gaiman and Vaughn resumed talks after the director walked away from helming the film X-Men: The Last Stand and in January 2005, Vaughn acquired the option to develop the film adaptation.[3] In October 2005, the director entered final negotiations with Paramount Pictures to direct and produce Stardust with a budget estimated at $70 million (US).[4]


The adapted screenplay was written by Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman. When asked how the book inspired his vision for the movie, he said that he wanted "to do Princess Bride with a Midnight Run overtone."[5] One of the difficulties with adapting the novel was its earnest and dark nature: an adult fairy tale in which sex and violence are presented unflinchingly. As a result of changes, the movie version has a greater element of whimsy and humor, with Gaiman's blessing given to the screenwriters. Gaiman did not want people to go to the theater to see a film that attempted to be completely loyal to Stardust the book and failed.[6] After creating the audiobook version of the novel, Gaiman realized that there was 10 1/2 hours of material in the book. This led him to acknowledge that the film would have to compress the novel, leaving out portions of the work. Budgetary concerns also factored into the adaptation, even with the level of 2006 technology.[2]

Vaughn and Goldman decided that the witches needed names (as in the book they were collectively Lilim); their Classical decisions included a reference to The Books of Magic (Empusa) and Neverwhere (Lamia).[7]


In March 2006, the studio cast Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, and Sienna Miller. Production began in the UK and Iceland in April 2006, with the majority of filming taking place in the UK.[8] Vaughn himself picked Danes, Cox and Pfeiffer for their roles. He intended Captain Shakespeare to be played by either De Niro or Jack Nicholson. Stephen Fry was pitched as a possible Shakespeare, but Vaughn eventually picked De Niro.[9] Sarah Michelle Gellar was offered the role of Yvaine but turned it down to spend more time with her husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr.[10]

The role of Quintus was originally given to comedian Noel Fielding, but due to health issues he had to drop out, and was replaced by fellow comedian Adam Buxton.[11] Similarly Billie Whitelaw was originally cast as Ditchwater Sal, but was replaced by Melanie Hill on the first day of principal photography.[12]


Locations used in Scotland included the area surrounding the Quiraing, on the Isle of Skye.

In mid-April 2006, principal photography started on Stardust. The production was filmed at Pinewood Studios in London. Location filming started in Wester Ross, in the Scottish Highlands[13] followed immediately by filming on the Isle of Skye. Some parts of the film were also shot in Iceland.

Several weeks of location filming also took place in the woods and the Golden Valley near Ashridge Business school, Hertfordshire in the village of Little Gaddesden in June and July.[14] In summer 2006, there was some filming at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire and in the village of Castle Combe, Wiltshire. Some of the scenes requiring wide open spaces for riding and coach scenes were filmed at Bicester Airfield in Oxfordshire. Filming was finished by July 13, 2006.[14]

One film location was on Elm Hill in Norwich. The area, with a mixture of Tudor and medieval buildings dating as far back as the 11th century, was transformed into the streets of Stormhold. The Briton's Arms tea house became the Slaughtered Prince public house. The owners were so enthralled with the new look - including a spectacular mural and new thatching - that they appealed to the local council and English Heritage to keep it. However, their request was refused.


Box office

Stardust was released on August 10, 2007 in the United States in 2,540 theaters, earning US $9,169,779 in its opening weekend (an average of $3,610 per theater). The film also opened the same day in Russia and the rest of the Commonwealth of Independent States, earning $8,118,263 as of October 14, 2007. Stardust has earned a total of $135,553,760 worldwide.[15] Its biggest markets were the US where it made $38 million, and the UK where it made $31 million (approx. £16 million GBP).


The film rates 66% at the movie review aggregator Metacritic based on 33 reviews.[16] On another aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the film received 76% rating.[17] The film has received Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop rating of 65% from major news outlets.[18] Stardust was released in the UK and Ireland on October 19, 2007, where it spent 8 weeks in the box office top ten[19]

Associated Press film critic David Germain named the film the #7 best film of 2007.[20] The New Yorker's Bruce Diones called it "more surprising and effective than the usual kiddie-matinée madness."[21] But while Roger Ebert noted it a "fun" movie, he criticized the pacing as being cluttered and unfocused.[22] The Observer asserted that the film "fails on every level and plumbs new depths of camp embarrassment."[23]

Video releases

The film was released on both Region 1 DVD and HD DVD on December 18, 2007. The DVD was released in both Fullscreen and Widescreen aspect ratios.[24] The HD DVD and DVD special features include:

  1. Good Omens: The Making of Stardust
  2. Deleted scenes
  3. Blooper reel
  4. Theatrical trailer

The film and special features on the HD DVD version are presented in 2.35:1 Widescreen high definition 1080p and feature a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio soundtrack.[25]

The film was released for Region 2 DVD and HD DVD on February 25, 2008.[citation needed]

The film was released on Region 2 Blu-ray on February 1, 2010.[citation needed]


  • British pop band Take That wrote (after watching an early cut of the movie) and recorded a song for the film titled "Rule the World", featuring Gary Barlow on lead vocals. The song features in the end credits to the film and was released as a single on October 22, 2007 in the UK where it peaked at number two on the UK singles chart.
  • U.S. record label Decca Records released a soundtrack album featuring Ilan Eshkeri's score on September 11, 2007. However, the song "Rule the World" was not included on the album.[26]
  • Dimmu Borgir's song "Eradication Instincts Defined" is featured in both the UK and US trailers.
  • Prelude 2 in C Minor from the first book of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" by Johann Sebastian Bach was adapted for use in the first part of the scene at Lamia's inn.
  • Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, No. 6 in D Major by Antonín Dvořák was adapted for use for the dancing scene aboard the flying ship.
  • "The Galop Infernal" from Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld", more commonly known as the "Can-Can", was used for the fight on the pirate ship.


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  2. ^ a b Brooke Tarnoff. "Neil Gaiman, Stardust Interview". UGO: Underground Online. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  3. ^ Adam Dawtrey (2005-01-16). "Vaughn pushes ahead with 'U.N.C.L.E.' feature". Variety. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  4. ^ "'Stardust' Author Neil Gaiman Tells Why He Turns Down Most Adaptations — But Not This One". MTV. 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  5. ^ Exclusive: Stardust Director Matthew Vaughn
  6. ^ Anthony Breznican. "Storyteller Gaiman wishes upon a star". Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  7. ^ Neil Gaiman's Journal: April 2006
  8. ^ Michael Fleming (2006-03-06). "A sprinkling of 'Stardust'". Variety. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  9. ^ Damon Wise (2007-09-29). "Stardust is a fairytale like no other". The Times. Retrieved 2007-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Sarah Michelle Gellar Turned Down 'Stardust' Role For Her Husband". Retrieved January 28, 2008. 
  11. ^ Neil Gaiman - Neil Gaiman's Journal: Stardust news
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  13. ^ "Highland films screened at Cannes". 2006-05-12. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  14. ^ a b "OLV INTERNATIONAL Road Trip: The Enchanting Locations of Stardust". Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  15. ^ "Stardust (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-10-15. .
  16. ^ "Stardust (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  17. ^ "Stardust". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  18. ^ "Stardust - Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  19. ^ Stardust Box-Office Retrieved 12 March 2010
  20. ^ David Germain; Christy Lemire (2007-12-27). "'No Country for Old Men' earns nod from AP critics". Associated Press, via Columbia Daily Tribune.!013.asp. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  21. ^ Bruce Diones. "'Stardust review'". 
  22. ^ Roger Ebert (2007-08-10). "STARDUST (PG-13)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-12-14. 
  23. ^ Stardust 21 October 2007 Retrieved 12 March 2010
  24. ^ DVD Times - Stardust (R1) in December - New artwork
  25. ^ HD DVD Review: The Bourne Ultimatum | High-Def Digest
  26. ^ General - Stardust Original Soundtrack / 0

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I know a lot about love. I've seen it, seen centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable.

Stardust (2007) is a fantasy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, based on Neil Gaiman's novella of the same name, originally published by DC Comics.

See also : Stardust (1998 Novella)



  • This summer a star falls. The chase begins.
  • The fairytale that won't behave
  • Love is Magic

Quotes from Stardust


  • A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?" Pointless really. Do the stars gaze back? Now that's a question.
  • They ruled for 80 years. But no man can live forever, except he who possesses the heart of a star, and Yvaine had given hers to Tristan completely. When their children and grandchildren were grown, it was time to light the Babylon Candle... and they still live happily ever after.


  • Now you're just being silly. You can't cross the wall. Nobody crosses the wall.
  • Humphrey, stop it. Are you all right?
  • Listen I'm sorry about Humphrey last night, he was really rude.
  • You may walk me home if you wish.
  • Well, I can't exactly say no, not after he's gone all the way to Ipswich!
  • A polar bear's head!?


  • Because, let's be honest, it's a field. Look. Do you see another world out there? No, you see a field. Do you see anything non human? No, and you know why? Because it's a field!


  • Grow up, get over yourself.
  • It's alright Humphrey, she's all yours. You two really are suited to one-another.
  • Yvaine, hold me tight and think of home.
  • I find the fastest way to travel is by candlelight!
  • He [the Captain] told me that my true love was right in front of my eyes. And he was right.
  • You seriously think I could kill anybody? Even if I could, I mean, everlasting life? I imagine it would be kind of lonely. Well, maybe if you had someone to share it with. Someone you loved. Then it might be different.


  • Mormo, Empusa. A star has fallen!
  • Has your mind become as decrepit as your face Empusa?
  • How have we lived like this for so long? When I return I want you to have made this place fit for the queens we are.
  • I seek a star. Once I find her I shall cut out her heart with my great knife and the glory of our youth ... shall be restored!
  • Limbus grass? You dare steal truth from my lips by feeding me limbus grass!
  • The burning golden heart of a star at peace is so much better than your frightened little heart. All the same, better than no heart at all.
  • You can ride in the carriage or be dragged behind it.
  • (Feigning distress) Youth, beauty, it all seems so meaningless now. My sisters are dead, everything I cared about. Take her and go. Go. GO!
  • (She laughs maniacally) I owe you thanks. What use would a broken heart have been to me. And you got rid of my sisters, now I can have it all to myself.


My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange — no gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me, too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.
  • Hmm... Murdered by pirates, heart torn out and eaten, meet Victoria... Can't quite decide which sounds more fun...
  • Yeah, I was perfectly fine here until I was hit by a magical flying moron!
  • You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, seen centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate... Made me want to turn away and never look down again. But to see the way that mankind loves... I mean, you could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So, yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... What I'm trying to say, Tristan, is... I think I love you. My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange — no gifts, no goods, no demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me, too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine.
  • What do stars do? ... Shine!
  • You were a mouse! You wanted cheese!
  • [To Ditchwater Sal] Would I be correct in thinking that you can neither see nor hear me? [Apparently so] Then I'd like to tell you that you smell of pee. You look like the wrong end of a dog. And I swear, if I don't get my Tristan back as he was, I'll be your personal poltergeist!
  • [sarcastic, when Tristan has told her that he intends to make her a present to Victoria] But of course! Nothing says "romance" like a kidnapped injured woman! I'm not going anywhere with you!
  • The little I know about love is that it's unconditional. It's not something you can buy.
  • If there's one thing I've learned in all my years watching earth -- is people aren't what they may seem. There are shopboys, and, there are boys who just happen to work in shops for the time being.
  • No star can shine with a broken heart.

Captain Shakespeare

  • Ever tried to get blood-stains out of a silk shirt?.... Nightmare!
  • No, seriously, don't mention it. Reputations you know — a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy.


Yvaine: You have a Babylon candle?
Tristan: Yes, I have bubbling candle.
Dunstan: Tristan, he's 97 years old!
Tristan: Well then.. he's had plenty of time to practice, hasn't he?
Quartus, Quintus, Sextus: Secundus!
Secundus: Sextus, Quartus, Quintus, you're alive! (the three replies "No") Oh. I'm...
Sextus: ...stuck like this until the near king is crowned.
Secundus: I was that close.
Quartus: I won't made funy of what he looks.
Secundus: Oh, please, you're not annoyed about that whole murder thing, are you? I'm mean, that was 10 years ago.
Quartus: Yeah, great deal of good it did killing me, didn't it Secundus? Because now, of course, you are King of all Stormhold. Oh, sorry, wait, you're dead.
Bishop: [toasting the princes] To the new King of Stronghold. Whichever of you fine young men it might be.
[They acknowledge him and drink. The bishop's face contorts and he collapses, dead. They look uncomprehendingly at their cups, and then eye each other suspiciously. Tertius breaks the atmosphere with a laugh, then chokes and dies]
Septimus: [To Primus] You...
[Clutches his throat and chokes on the poison, falls. Primus' eyes light up in realization, and he picks up the crown reverently. Septimus sits up, laughing]
Septimus: You really thought you were king?
Primus: You killed the bishop.
Septimus: No, Primus, I think you'll find that you killed the bishop by drinking from the wrong cup. [Primus looks crestfallen] Oh look, once you've finished wrestling with your conscience I suggest you return to your chamber. Leave the quest for the stone to me.
Septimus: Una?
Una: Septimus.
Primus, Tertius, Secundus, Quartus, Quintus, Sextus: Sister!
Tristan: (to Yvaine) Excuse me, but have you seen a fallen star anywhere?
Yvaine: You're funny.
Tristan: No, I'm serious. We're in a crater; this must be where it fell.
Yvaine: Yeah, this is where it fell. Or if you want to be really specific, up there is where this weird, bloody necklace knocked it out of the heavens when it was minding it's own business, over there is where it landed, and here, this is where it got hit by a magical, flying, moron!
Tertius: [peeks his ghostly head through a wall] Hey! Guys, you gotta come and see this!
Secundus: No thank you.
Quintus: Pervert.
Tertius: Suit yourselves.
Ditchwater Sal: What do you want with me stranger, a harmless old ...
Lamia: Oh do shut up. I know what you are and I swear by the ordinances of the Sisterhood to which we both belong, that I mean you no harm.
Lamia: Limbus grass! You dare steal truth from my lips by feeding me limbus grass! Do you have any idea what a big mistake you've made Ditchwater Sal?
Ditchwater Sal: How do you know my name? Who are you?
Lamia: Look again. [Lamia's eyes darken]
Ditchwater Sal: [Falls to her knees] I shall not seek the star Your Dark Majesty, I swear.
Lamia: [Her voice booming and echoing unnaturally] Seek all you wish. You shall not see the star, touch it, smell or hear it. You shall not perceive her even if she stands before you. Pray that you never meet me again Ditchwater Sal.
Lamia: You better be telling me the truth you two-faced dog.
Ferdy: I can get you one of them. Very good guard dogs, they can watch the front and the back at the same time.
Tristan: You sort of - glitter now. Is it... Is it normal?
Yvaine: Let's see if you can work it out for youself. What do stars do?
Tristan: Hmm... Attract trouble?
[Yvaine pushes him, amused]
Tristan: [grinning] All right, I'm sorry. Let me do another guess. Is it: Do they know exactly how to annoy a boy called Tristan Thorn?
Tristan: [having crashed against and fell on top of Yvaine] Mother? Oh! Oh, Mother. I'm so sorry. Are you all right?
Yvaine: No, I'm not... and I'm not your mother, so get off me!
Tristan: [stands up] You're not my mother?
Yvaine: Do I look like I'm your mother?

Quotes about Stardust

  • A fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, Stardust leavens its mature fairy tale with elements of romance, horror, and comedy. ... Although the film may appear, at first glance, to be a family film, it contains enough content to make it a dubious choice for young children. There are sequences of mild horror, in which characters die, sometimes gruesomely. ... In the end, this is very much a fairy tale in the truest sense of the term, with plenty of the darkness left in that is often expunged from such stories. ... The darker elements are nicely modulated. They're not graphic but they convey the point.
  • Even though my character is sort of being talked about as the villain of Stardust, everyone is a villain in Stardust ... I'm probably the ugliest villain in Stardust, for sure [laughs] and the oldest because I age ... I'm 5,000 years old or something ridiculous like that, but I think as fun as these characters I play in the beginning, you don't want to fall into the trap of just going out and being mean. Mean people don't think they're being mean; mean people think they're completely justified in their outbursts or their comments and the truth underneath it all is they're fighting and angry, they feel like the victim, as twisted as they might be, so that's also why it's so interesting to play those because you kind of get to figure that all out.


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