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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It began as just another harmless game he played many times. Then top secret documents fell into his hands. And real bullets started flying. Now, he's being pursued by deadly enemies. And they're not playing around. But no one will believe his incredible story. In fact, there's only one person left that can save him... a legendary agent named Flack. And time is running out. See more »


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10 August 1984 (USA)  »

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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 »


The secret plans on the cartridge are for an "invisible bomber." However, the schematic is clearly that of the SR-71 Blackbird, an unarmed spy plane. See more »


Davey Osborne: [Davey grabs up the Jack Flack minature figure off the game board and puts it in his pocket] . Time to go, Jack!
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Remake of The Window (1949) 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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