A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Davey Osborne
Jack Flack / Hal Osborne
Christina Nigra ...
Kim Gardener
George MacCready
Eunice MacCready
Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
Lt. Fleming
Marilyn Gardener
Linden Chiles ...
Airport Security Chief
Robert Curtin ...
William Marquez ...
Airport Security Guard #1
Wendell Wright ...
Airport Security Guard #2


11-year-old Davey, whose mother is dead and whose father doesn't spend nearly enough time with him. So the boy loses himself in video games--and even has an imaginary friend, a super-resourceful secret agent. When he accidentally comes into possession of a spy group's secret plans, and winds up on the run from them, he must learn to rely on himself and his imaginary pal to save his skin. But, in the end, Dad proves to be his real hero. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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In the USA, the movie was launched in a limited release on a double-bill with The Last Starfighter (1984) on 13th July 1984. About a month later, on 10th August 1984, Cloak & Dagger (1984) then re-opened separately for its own season. See more »


The Atari 5200 game cartridge is referred to a number of times by several different people as a "tape". While there is actually no tape inside an Atari 5200 cartridge, game players of that era often referred to such cartridges as "tapes". It was a common misnomer as cassette tapes were a prevalent medium at the time. See more »


[last lines]
Davey Osborne: How'd you escape?
Hal Osborne: Jack Flack always escapes.
Davey Osborne: I don't need him anymore. I've got you, Dad.
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A film to me that will be fondly remembered...
31 July 2000 | by (Sasebo, Japan) – See all my reviews

A lot of people love E.T., my self included. I cannot recall whether I saw it in the theaters, but Henry Thomas became a household name after that movie came out. The truth is when I think of Henry Thomas, I don't immediately think of E.T., but of CLOAK & DAGGER, which was one of my favorite films as a kid and will forever be one of my favorites. And yet there is something truly bizarre that always comes to me while watching it. I've never been a fan of video games. In fact, I think most of them are stupid, a waste of time and money. CLOAK & DAGGER was a video game I believe (well, it is in the movie). Henry Thomas stars as Davy Osbourne, an imaginitive 11-year-old who loves his favorite superhero Jack Flack, who he likes to view as his make-believe hero. Set in San Antonio during the summer, the film has Thomas going to run an errand for a friend, and owner of a computer store, and gets involved in something he never dreamed of: a real-life game involving spies and a video game. No one will believe him after he reports of a man being shot and murdered in front of his own eyes, including his own father an Air Force sergeant, played just wonderfully by Dabney Coleman, who I've enjoyed in everything from 9 to 5 to Tootsie. The movie soon becomes a roller coaster ride as Thomas is attempting to get away from the spies before they kill him. The plot is riveting and believable, which is the real reason why this pulled me in at such a young age. I can't imagine an actor better than Thomas in this lead role. Coleman is equally memorable as his father, who also plays Jack Flack. Michael Murphy, a great character actor, is chilling as the head spy. I recommend this film for anyone and everyone. ***1/2 out of 4.

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