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The video game which is central to the movie had already been in development as production of the film began (the game then named "Agent X"); when Atari was consulted to provide a game as an element of the movie, they tweaked "Agent X" and renamed it Cloak & Dagger. Dabney Coleman's character was then named "Agent X" in the movie. The game saw limited arcade release.
The elderly couple in the film, John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan, were actually married in real life for approximately 56 years until his death in 1991.
The Cloak & Dagger game screens are mostly from the arcade version, and not the Atari 5200 game console as it would appear in the film. Although an 5200 version of the game was planned, it never was released due to the video game crash of 1983 and eventual sale of Atari. The arcade version of Cloak & Dagger appeared in 1983 prior to the release of the film. Next to the Cloak & Dagger games are boxes for the 5200 version of Tempest. Like the 5200 version of Cloak & Dagger, this game was never released.
The elderly couple in the film (John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan) both had parts in the original Psycho (1960). Richard Franklin directed the sequel, Psycho II (1983). Henry Thomas would go on to play young Norman Bates in Psycho IV.
There is a poster in the game shop for Atari's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. Henry Thomas who played Davey in the film, had a starring role in E.T.
Although the movie has gained a reputation for being something of an Atari 5200 commercial, there is a ColecoVision, the 5200's main competitor, visible in the main room of the Game Keeper. It's visible at the top of the screen as Davie is collapsing the walkie-talkie's antenna after talking to Rice.
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Though The Riverwalk scenes are actually filmed in San Antonio, the Alamo tour scene was recreated in a Universal sound studio because Natives regard the church as a shrine. Due to this, films have rarely featured actual Alamo footage. However, Cloak and Dagger is one rare film that featured actual footage of the Alamo entrance at Alamo East Plaza - especially driving up to the church doors. Ten years after this film's debut, the road was permanently closed to traffic.
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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.
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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."
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According to Dabney Coleman, he did not get along with director Richard Franklin.
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The Gamekeeper is an actual shop located in the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California; a few miles from Universal Studios. The shop originally specialized in sophisticated role-playing games, such as the popular Dungeons & Dragons series. Since the time of the film it has relocated to a smaller store space within the mall and sells mainly mainstream board games. There are now also several franchise locations at other malls around the country.
Some movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "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."
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Scream for Help (1984) and this movie, both 1984 theatrical releases, were the final screenplays that screenwriter Tom Holland had produced prior to him become a director with 1985's Fright Night (1985). All three films feature the same basic plot: a kid discovers their life is in danger but no one will believe them.
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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.
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First sole major Hollywood studio production scored by Australian music composer Brian May.
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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.
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The score that Morris achieves which unlocks the plans is 1329542.
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Initial screens for secret plans:

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Invisible Bomber

Pictures of invisible bomber project with the following features noted:

-Fin Tip Antenna Housing -MK 077 Bomb Ejector Rack -Flap Sequencing Control -Refueling Probe Hydraulic Jack -X-282 MK. 7 Low Bypass Turbojet -Forward Looking Infra-red Pod - Right Fuselage Sta -Inboard Pylon Fixing -Air Intake Ducting -Low Voltage Formation Lighting
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The name of the video-game was "Cloak and Dagger", an Atari arcade video game.
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Actor Dabney Coleman played dual roles in this movie. Coleman was both Davey Osborne (Henry Thomas)'s father Hal Osborne and secret agent Jack Flack.
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Jeanette Nolan: As Eunice MacCready.
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John McIntire: As George MacCready.
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