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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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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El joven héroe  »

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Trivia

The only ever children's' or family audience picture directed by Richard Franklin. The director wanted to do a thriller for kids, and the project started as a remake of the 1949 Bobby Driscoll suspenser "The Window," which Universal now owned rights to. However, the writing soon morphed into the plot for "Cloak and Dagger." See more »

Goofs

When Davey calls Kelly Field Air Force Base from the phone booth, he asks for "Master Sgt Hal Osbourne", but near the end of the film, Hal identifies himself as a Staff Sgt. Given his age, the former is more likely, which would be an E7 pay grade. See more »

Quotes

Davey Osborne: Freeze turkey!
[Rice steps back, apparently startled that a kid has a gun, Davey looks back quickly to see Kim running up the steps, then back to Rice]
Davey Osborne: .
Davey Osborne: Take my advice, don't follow us...
[Davey begins to back away, moving in Kim's direction]
Rice: You little punk!
[Rice lunges towards Davey, trying to grab the gun, Davey pulls the trigger which shoots red ink, momentarily blinding Rice]
Rice: Gagh!
[Davey uses the moment of surprise and runs off]
Rice: . Wha?
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A Little Seen Gem
21 June 2003 | by (Culver City, California) – See all my reviews

CLOAK & DAGGER is a wonderful film from the '80s, a touching story about a boy who has an overdeveloped imagination, largely due to his mother being dead and his father being a career military man who often seems too busy for his son. The boy, Davey, has an imaginary friend by the name of Jack Flack who looks just like his dad. His imaginary spy games and tall tales tend to get on his father's nerves, and there is talk of sending him to a psychiatrist. When Davey actually does witness a horrible murder and is given a video game cartridge with top secret plans encoded inside, he tells his father about it and of course he doesn't believe him. He thinks it's just another one of his son's tall tales. Davey soon realizes that it's up to him and Jack Flack to get out of this alive, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues with the spies who are after the game cartridge. This film is great in large part due to the gifts of Dabney Coleman. In a duel performance here, he's equally perfect as both Col. Osborne, buttoned up military guy, and as Jack Flack, the idealized, slicker version of the same man. It's really a great father-son movie, with plenty of action to entertain even the dimmest of children. Obviously inspired by the Bobby Driscoll classic THE WINDOW, CLOAK & DAGGER is a timeless classic for the whole family to enjoy.


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