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Cloak & Dagger (1984)

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

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Davey Osborne
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Jack Flack / Hal Osborne
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Rice
Christina Nigra ...
Kim Gardener
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George MacCready
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Eunice MacCready
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Alvarez
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Haverman
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Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
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Lt. Fleming
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Marilyn Gardener
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Airport Security Chief
Robert Curtin ...
Murdoch
William Marquez ...
Airport Security Guard #1
Wendell Wright ...
Airport Security Guard #2
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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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It's not just a game anymore. See more »


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The "Invisible Bomber" project plans contained within the secret game cartridge strongly resembles the United States Air Force's SR-71 Blackbird. Not known to the general public at the time of the film's release, the SR-71 was designed to be a stealth aircraft, and had indeed sprung from a secret Air Force project to produce a supersonic stealth bomber. As it was fielded, the SR-71 ended up as a stealth reconnaissance platform. The "Invisible Bomber" plans in the film include a reference to a "Forward Looking Infrared Pod," (FLIR) which now is well known as a component of military attack craft; at the time of the filming however, it would have been futuristic. See more »

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When we first see Davy talking with Jack Flack in the staircase, Davy is looking at his reflection out through the window in the mirrored building next door. However, when Jack sits down next to Davy you can see a brief glimpse of his reflection in the mirror building, even though he is imaginary. See more »

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Davey Osborne: Jack Flack always escapes.
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Spin-off Cloak & Dagger (1983) See more »

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Jack Flack always escapes!
30 September 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

It's movies like this one that are the reason I love movies. One of the greatest forgotten gems of the 80s, "Cloak & Dagger" is the exciting tale of deadly spies, imaginary superheroes, and ATARI. Henry Thomas ("E.T.") plays Davey Osborne, a lonely boy who has escaped into the fantasy world of his favorite video game hero - Jack Flack. Dabney Coleman gives the greatest performance of his career in the dual roles of Jack Flack and Davey's father. Sporting the coolest-looking leather bomber jacket and beret ever seen, Flack guides young Davey through the treacherous world of real spies, real secrets, and real bullets. Davey must keep an ATARI game cartridge containing plans for an invisible bomber plane encoded inside of it out of traitorous spies' hands, but no adult believes him, and he gets little help from the only person who does - his even younger friend Kim. A young William Forsythe co-stars as the gaming genius who unlocks the code within the cartridge. And Louis Anderson also has a short cameo towards the end.

"Cloak & Dagger" is an excellent movie about a boy who must face the dangers of the world all by himself following the death of his mother and his father's preoccupation with work. Dabney Coleman's character of Jack Flack is the best imaginary mentor ever featured in a film, preceding the likes of Tyler Durden and Frank the Bunny by over 15 years. The ending is truly touching and inspiring. This movie also has a heartwarming message to it - that at some point, you must learn to handle life's challenges all by yourself. And also that the greatest heroes exist in real life, not in fantasy. "Cloak & Dagger" is a film suitable for the whole family whose time has finally come to get the recognition it deserves. 10/10


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