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Labyrinth (1986)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  27 June 1986 (USA)
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A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Malcolm ...
Natalie Finland ...
Shari Weiser ...
Hoggle / Goblin (voice)
Ron Mueck ...
Ludo / Firey 2 / Goblin (voice)
Rob Mills ...
Ludo / Firey 3
Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Left Door Knocker / Firey 3 (voice) (as David Goelz)
David Alan Barclay ...
Didymus / Firey 1
David Shaughnessy ...
Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice) (as David Shaughnessy)
Karen Prell ...
The Worm / The Junk Lady / Firey 2
Timothy Bateson ...
The Worm / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)


Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems. See more »


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Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Laberinto  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$12,729,917 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the Goblin Companion (a book that gives a description of every goblin in the Labyrinth - written by Brian Froud and Terry Jones) the Junk Lady who carries everything on her back is named Agnas. See more »


During the fight with the guards, the gate leading into the city is open on one side. But when Ludo calls the rocks, the gate is suddenly closed again, and the rocks push on it from the outside. See more »


First Statue: Don't go on...
Second Statue: Go back, while you still can...
Third Statue: This is not the way...
Fourth Statue: Take heed, and go no further...
Fifth Statue: Beware, beware...
Sixth Statue: Soon it will be too late...
Hoggle: Ah, don't pay any attention to them, they're just false alarms. You get a lot of them in the Labyrinth, especially when you're on the right track.
Seventh Statue: Oh, no you're not!
Hoggle: Oh, shut up.
Seventh Statue: I'm sorry, I'm just doing my job.
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Referenced in Microwave Me (2012) See more »


Chilly Down
Performed by David Alan Barclay, Karen Prell, and Rob Mills
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie and Arif Mardin
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Just Magical
15 February 2006 | by (Klepp, Norway) – See all my reviews

The movie takes you to a wonderful world where nothing is what it seems. I was about 10 years old the first time I saw it and it made such an impact on me that I ended up ordering it from Germany just 12 years old. The setting is fantastic; it's just scary enough without making scares in a young boy's soul. Bowie acts in a trilling way, and his unique and magical voice brings it all together. If you like fantasy you will love this film. All the Quotes make Bowie as Jareth "the Goblin King" the perfect villain. At times you almost despise him but as I wrote in my first sentence, nothing is like it seems. And as I grow older I sympathized with him, you may even say that he tries to help Sarah. If you decide to see that aspect of it that is. All in all I wish you all a lovely experience watching this movie!

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