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Mazes and Monsters (1982)

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern.

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Rona Jaffe (novel), Tom Lazarus (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Robbie Wheeling
Wendy Crewson ... Kate Finch
David Wysocki ... Daniel (as David Wallace)
Chris Makepeace ... Jay Jay Brockway
Lloyd Bochner ... Hall
Peter Donat ... Harold
Anne Francis ... Ellie
Murray Hamilton ... Lt. John Martini
Vera Miles ... Cat
Louise Sorel ... Julia
Susan Strasberg ... Meg
Chris Wiggins Chris Wiggins ... King
Clark Johnson ... Perry
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Hayden
James O'Regan James O'Regan ... Paul
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Storyline

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his three college classmates decide to move the board game into the local legendary cavern. Robbie starts having visions for real, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing adventure. Written by Rone Barton Lokarr <sandbox2@ix.netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Danger lurks between fantasy and reality.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dungeons & Dragons See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Francis, Lloyd Bochner, Vera Miles and Murray Hamilton all guest-starred in separate episodes of "The Twilight Zone". All but Miles also appeared in separate episodes of "The Golden Girls". See more »

Goofs

It is unclear when this story actually takes place. During the opening sequence, Robbie Wheeling and his parents drive by a cinema playing 'The Empire Strikes Back' which would place the film in 1980 or 1981. At Jay Jay Brockway's "Brigitte Bardot" party, Jay Jay makes a remark regarding the bottle of wine he is given by Robbie as "1987". Throughout the film, there are numerous signs in the dorm that refer to the year 1982, yet the calendar in Kate Finch's dorm room shows November 1983. See more »

Quotes

Daniel: What do you guys think happened?
Lieutenant John Martini: One of the players Robbie played with got carried away and killed him.
Daniel: That's kind of far out.
Lieutenant John Martini: Mazes & Monsters is a far-out game. Swords... poison... spells... battles... maiming... killing!
Daniel: Hey, it's all imagination!
Lieutenant John Martini: Is it? I'll be talking to you.
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Connections

Referenced in The Brotherhood III: Young Demons (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Friends in This World
Music: Hagood Hardy
Lyrics: Judith Lander
Performed by Judith Lander and Cathal J. Dodd (as Cal Dodd)
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Atrocious Propaganda
5 January 2004 | by wingsandswordSee all my reviews

This movie gives "fiction" a new meaning, a skewed, misinformed and alarmist painting of a harmless hobby. I've met people who actually were banned from playing D&D by well meaning mothers who saw this movie in reruns on Lifetime (of course, Movies of the Week are always reliable stories that help tell us what is good and bad in the world, and just because it's fiction doesn't mean that it's not all real, or so too many people think).

If done as animation and voiced with Phil Hartmann, you would think it was one of the lame propaganda films done by "Troy McClure" on the Simpsons. If you can overlook the utter over-seriousness and "it could happen to you" moralizing zealotry of the Reagan era and it's it's "Very Special" episodes of sitcoms and "Afterschool Specials" it could be enjoyable for pure camp, akin to looking at lame propaganda movies on the History Channel and laughing at the obvious deceptions.


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