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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.

Writers:

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

Over the course of the film Jay Jay wears 8 different hats and changes hats 14 times. 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

Kate Finch: And so... we played the game again... for one last time. It didn't matter that there were no maps... or dice... or monsters. Pardue saw the monsters. We did not. We saw nothing but the death of hope. And the loss of our friend. And so we played the game until the sun began to set... and all the monsters were dead.
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Connections

Referenced in Endgame: Fearful Symmetry (2011) 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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F&F (Fact & Fantasy)
13 March 2002 | by MitakaSee all my reviews

Ah, I remember it well. 1982. I was twelve years old. Mom heard they would be showing this movie on TV and decided I should watch it so I would get out of the D&D club I had just joined at school. After it was over, she asked me what I thought.

"A perfect example of the dangers of fantasy."

She missed the sarcasm. Completely.

Rona Jaffe's book and movie did more damage to role-playing in the '80's than almost any single other source. The book and movie have little to do with the realities of role-playing. But, then again, MOST anti-RPG rants are just as bad.

I've seen it a couple of times in the video stores under "Drama". I suggested they move it to it's proper place - "Comedy". At least THEY got the joke! :)


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