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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

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Danger lurks between fantasy and reality.

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

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

References The Maltese Falcon (1941) 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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Crummy, Transparent Failed Drama with a Blunt, Misguided Message
1 July 2014 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

A full-on smear campaign about the evils of Dungeons and Dragons, from the height of the parental outcry against the game. Funny and sad in the same context as Reefer Madness, it's akin to a long after-school special in the blunt, inelegant way it hammers away at its only point. An extremely young Tom Hanks, freshly released from his run on Bosom Buddies, cut his teeth on more serious material in this leading role. As the poor sap who nosedives into deep mental illness as a direct result of the game, his part is madly corny and he clearly had some growing pains to work through before becoming the dramatic juggernaut we'd all come to know a decade later. Badly produced, terribly acted, smug and boring and predictable to the final reveal, it's a living stereotype, the very essence of a bad made-for-TV movie.


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