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Mazes and Monsters (1982)

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern.

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Cast

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Robbie Wheeling
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Kate Finch
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Daniel (as David Wallace)
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Jay Jay Brockway
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Hall
Peter Donat ...
Harold
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Ellie
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Lt. John Martini
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Cat
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Julia
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Meg
Chris Wiggins ...
King
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Perry
Tom Harvey ...
Hayden
James O'Regan ...
Paul
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Storyline

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern. Robbie starts having visions for real, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing adventure. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

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Danger lurks between fantasy and reality.

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG for thematic elements and mild violence | See all certifications »
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28 December 1982 (USA)  »

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Dungeons & Dragons  »

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Trivia

First leading role for Tom Hanks. See more »

Goofs

It is unclear when this story actually takes place. During the opening sequence, Robbie Wheeling and his parents drive by a cinema playing 'The Empire Strikes Back' which would place the film in 1980 or 1981. At Jay Jay Brockway's "Brigitte Bardot" party, Jay Jay makes a remark regarding the bottle of wine he is given by Robbie as "1987". Throughout the film, there are numerous signs in the dorm that refer to the year 1982, yet the calendar in Kate Finch's dorm room shows November 1983. See more »

Quotes

Robbie Wheeling: There's blood on the knife.
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Connections

References Creepshow (1982) See more »

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So bad it's good
7 September 2004 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

Mazes and Monsters was the made-for-TV special at the head of the anti-Dungeons-And-Dragons movement, spearheaded by Patricia Pulling who blamed the game for her son's suicide the same year. I know people whose parents confiscated and threw out/burned all their gear as a result of this film, which suggests such games cause loving, sensitive kids to go insane and suicidal.

For a made-for-TV, it's pretty well done, despite the fact that its premise is rather, well, inflamatory. It's wholly designed to make parents fear their kid's imagination. Still fun to watch and laugh at. Although it launched Tom Hank's movie career, I've heard he won't acknowledge having made it.


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