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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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A' mazing tale of never-ending fantasy. 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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Toby is seated on Jareth's lap, the baby has a fixed and hypnotized look off-camera as Jareth murmurs evilly into his ear. In fact, Toby screamed so much during the many takes of this scene, that something had to be done to keep him quiet. Fortunately, a crew member had a glove-puppet Sooty. For the duration of Jareth's speech, David Bowie had the Sooty puppet on one hand (out of shot) gently wiggling to distract Toby. The child was entranced, hence the hypnotic stare, and the perfect silence. See more »


When Hoggle urinates in the pond, the water settles instantly between shots. See more »


Jareth: Well? Laugh.
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Spin-off Labyrinth: The Computer Game (1986) See more »


As The World Falls Down
Performed by David Bowie
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It's starting to sound like a broken record, but you're going to love this movie!
6 August 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I recently had the pleasure of watching this movie with three kids who had (to my shock and dismay) never seen it before. It turned out to be as good, if not better, as I remembered. The story is reminescent of the original, printed page (very dark) Grimm fairy tales. The special effects are still special, and the characters are unforgettable. Seriously, don't miss it.

This is one of the very few childrens' movies that is smarter and better than what has unfortunately become "normal" for the genera. The reverse evolution in childrens' films is heartbreaking, as kids don't deserve to be talked down to so often in movies. I grew up on films like "Labyrinth", "the Neverending Story", and "the Secret of NIMH", and I still count them among my favorites. In the 80's they gave us cinematic filet mignon, and today's kids are getting Spam.

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