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Labyrinth (1986)

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A 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
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?


Various music superstars were in the running to play Jareth. Michael Jackson was strongly considered. Prince and Mick Jagger were thought about too. Jim Henson preferred Sting, until his kids convinced him that David Bowie (who had reached his peak of mainstream popularity in 1983 with the "Let's Dance" album) would be best suited to it. Bowie was keen to make a children's movie, he liked the concept and found the script amusing and of more interest to him than many other contemporary special effects movies. See more »


During the "Chilly Down" song and dance, a few of the Fireys' voices switch between characters. See more »


[first lines]
Sarah: Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great...
[thunder rumbles]
Sarah: For my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom as great... Damn.
[pulls the Labyrinth book out of her pocket]
Sarah: I can never remember that line.
Sarah: You have no power over me.
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References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »


Within You
Performed by David Bowie
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie and Arif Mardin
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User Reviews

I wish someone had handed me over to the Goblin King when I was a kid!
7 December 1998 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Cool film! Way too good for children. Jim Henson, as ever, is the absolute master of every kind of puppetry known to man or muppet.Particularly adorable is the little punk worm who invites Sarah to "Come inside and meet the missus"... very cute. The plot has all the essential elements of a good fairy tale with the added bonus of a heroine who manages to get through all her trials and tribulations without squealing feebly or fainting into the arms of any poxy bloke. David Bowie is wonderfully sexy (despite the fright wig) and his natural humour shines through although his character does a pretty good job of being spiteful and menacing. I get the feeling the he really enjoyed making this film. The soundtrack is excellent and "As the World Falls Down" is quite hauntingly beautiful ('though I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that the ballroom sequence in which it was played did slow the action down a little - but it was a visual feast).

All in all, a beautiful film with a wonderful cast of creatures and humans. Makes me miss Jim Henson's talents lots but at least we've still got Brian (his son). My friend's three year old now has a crush on the Goblin King (I dread to think how that's gonna shape her life!).

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