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Cloak & Dagger -- Davey Osborne is an imaginative youngster who loves role-playing games, and who often enlists the aid of his best friend, an imaginary super-spy named Jack Flack. One day he witnesses a real murder of an FBI agent who passes a videogame called "Cloak & Dagger" to him before he dies. When the police come, the body is gone, and no one will believe him, including his father, Col. Hal Osborne. Soon Davey finds himself up to his neck in hairbreadth escapes, real bullets, and slam-bang action as the hitmen close in. Can Jack save him before time runs out?


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Release Date:
10 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Davey's hero was imaginary . . . but the enemy agents were real! See more »
A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Thomas ... Davey Osborne

Dabney Coleman ... Jack Flack / Hal Osborne

Michael Murphy ... Rice
Christina Nigra ... Kim Gardener

John McIntire ... George MacCready

Jeanette Nolan ... Eunice MacCready

Eloy Casados ... Alvarez

Tim Rossovich ... Haverman

William Forsythe ... Morris (as Bill Forsythe)

Robert DoQui ... Lt. Fleming

Shelby Leverington ... Marilyn Gardener
Linden Chiles ... Airport Security Chief
Robert Curtin ... Murdoch
William Marquez ... Airport Security Guard #1
Wendell Wright ... Airport Security Guard #2
Doris Hargrave ... Woman in Cafe
Gary Moody ... Man in Cafe

Eleese Lester ... Woman on Boat
John Edson ... 1st Man on Boat (as John P. Edson Jr.)
Charles Beall ... Alamo Guard
Norman Bennett ... Texan
Corey Rand ... Building Security Guard

Nicholas Guest ... Taxi Driver

Karen Leigh Hopkins ... Receptionist

Tammy Hyler ... Check-in Clerk
Stuart MacGregor ... Alamo Guard #2
Alvaro Rojas Jr. ... Boat Captain
Robert Traynor ... Ticket Agent
Steve Fromholtz ... 2nd Man on Boat
Berkley Garrett ... Bus Driver
Gene Ross ... Bus Driver #2

Louie Anderson ... Taxi Driver #2
Earl Houston Bullock ... Navigator

Al Gomez ... Ground Crewman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aubrey Woods ... F.B.I. Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Franklin 
Writing credits
Tom Holland (screen story)

Tom Holland (screenplay)

Cornell Woolrich (from a story by)

Nancy Dowd  uncredited

Produced by
Allan Carr .... producer
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brian May 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Andrew London 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
William H. Tuntke  (as William Tuntke)
Art Direction by
Todd Hallowell 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan B. Curtiss .... second assistant director (as Alan Curtiss)
Katy Emde .... first assistant director
Warren R. Turner .... assistant director trainee (as Warren Turner)
Art Department
Mike Carrillo .... assistant property master (as Michael Carrillo)
Sidney H. Greenwood .... property master
John L. Jensen .... production illustrator (as John Jensen)
Ray LaPorte .... stand-by painter
Arthur Smedley .... leadman (as Art Smedley)
George Trimmer .... free lance designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lon Bender .... supervising sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Sandy Berman .... sound editor
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joe Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... production sound mixer (as Tom Causey)
Hank Garfield .... boom operator
Stan Gilbert .... adr editor
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roger Heman)
Randy Kelley .... sound editor (as Randall F. Kelley)
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Wylie Stateman .... sound editor
Mark P. Stoeckinger .... assistant sound editor (as Mark Stoeckinger)
Robert Thirlwell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert M. Thirlwell)
Special Effects by
Curtis Dickson .... assistant special effects (as Curt Dickson)
Robert G. Willard .... special effects (as Robert Willard)
Visual Effects by
Bill Taylor .... matte photography
Phil Adams .... stunt player
Norman Blankenship .... stunt player
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt player
James J. Casino .... stunt player (as Jimmy Casino)
Michael Cassidy .... stunt player (as Mike Cassidy)
Erik Cord .... stunt player
Mike De Luna .... stunt player (as Michael DeLuna)
Dick Dial .... stunt player
Joe Dunne .... stunt player
Kenny Endoso .... stunt player
George Fisher .... stunt player
Diane Kay Grant .... stunt player
Ted Grossman .... stunt player
Stefan Gudju .... stunt player
Bill Hart .... stunt player
William T. Lane .... stunt player
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Victor Paul .... stunt player
Chuck Picerni Jr. .... stunt player (as Charles Picerni Jr.)
Bobby Porter .... stunt player
Joe Pronto .... stunt player
Philip Romano .... stunt player (as Philip J. Romano)
Dean Smith .... stunt player
Ted White .... stunt player
Camera and Electrical Department
Audie Aragon .... second grip
Stephen Clark .... second grip
Earl Gilbert .... chief lighting technician
Rhio Haessig .... best boy
Conrad W. Hall .... assistant camera (as Conrad Hall Jr.)
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer
Richard Kamins .... best boy (as Rich Kamins)
Patrick Marshall .... chief rigging electrician (as Pat Marshall)
Bill Roe .... assistant camera
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator (as Robert Stevens)
Dean Williams .... still photographer
Casting Department
Karl Brindle .... extras casting
David Gonzales .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ronald I. Caplan .... costume supervisor
John Casey .... costumer: men
Stanley Erickson .... set costumer (as Stan Erickson)
Nancy McArdle .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Robert Rootenberg .... apprentice film editor
David Spence .... associate editor
Wally Weber .... negative cutter
Location Management
Brian O. Haynes .... location manager
Alexander Hendrie .... location consultant (as Alex Hendrie)
Music Department
Mickey Crofford .... music score mixer
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vince del Castillo .... transportation captain (as Vince DelCastillo)
Ken Lubin .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Russell B. Dawe .... video game designer: "Cloak & Dagger"
Joan Eisenberg .... unit publicist
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott Griffin)
Nita-Lynne Hurley .... secretary: Mr. Franklin
Paul Morrow .... technical consultant
Sherrill Patten .... location auditor
Francesca Redwine .... secretary: Mr. Carr
Danis Regal-O'Connell .... production coordinator (as Danis Regal)
Milton Shirk .... technical consultant
Christopher Striepeke .... craft service
Douy Swofford .... titles
Barbi Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Franklin
Crew believed to be complete

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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Iceland:14 | Portugal:M/12 | UK:PG (cut) | USA:PG (certificate #27423) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Because the Atari 5200 version of "Cloak & Dagger" wasn't complete during filming, the cartridge props are actually other 5200 games with a "Cloak & Dagger" label stuck on them. The arcade game was complete by that time, and the signal was piped into Morris's monitor whenever he played. You can actually see the upright game cabinet standing next to Morris's computer setup.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Hal Osbourne is a Master Sergeant in the USAF yet refers to himself as a Staff Sergeant when he is convincing security to let him fake being a pilot at the end of the movie. The insignia on his uniform indicates that he is a Master Sergeant (E7) denoted by having 6 stripes, 3 of which are beneath the star.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!See more »
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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A film to me that will be fondly remembered..., 31 July 2000
Author: eve6kicksass from Sasebo, Japan

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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