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Cloak & Dagger (1984)

A young boy and his imaginary friend end up on the run while in possession of a top-secret spy gadget.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Tom Holland (screen story), Tom Holland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Thomas ... Davey Osborne
Dabney Coleman ... Jack Flack / Hal Osborne
Michael Murphy ... Rice
Christina Nigra ... Kim Gardener
John McIntire ... George MacCready
Jeanette Nolan ... Eunice MacCready
Eloy Casados ... Alvarez
Tim Rossovich ... Haverman
William Forsythe ... Morris (as Bill Forsythe)
Robert DoQui ... Lt. Fleming
Shelby Leverington ... Marilyn Gardener
Linden Chiles ... Airport Security Chief
Robert Curtin Robert Curtin ... Murdoch
William Marquez William Marquez ... Airport Security Guard #1
Wendell Wright Wendell Wright ... Airport Security Guard #2
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Storyline

11-year-old Davey, whose mother is dead and whose father doesn't spend nearly enough time with him. So the boy loses himself in video games--and even has an imaginary friend, a super-resourceful secret agent. When he accidentally comes into possession of a spy group's secret plans, and winds up on the run from them, he must learn to rely on himself and his imaginary pal to save his skin. But, in the end, Dad proves to be his real hero. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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It's not just a game anymore. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

10 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El joven héroe See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,862,025, 12 August 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,719,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The only children's or family audience picture directed by Richard Franklin. The director wanted to do a thriller for kids, and the project started as a remake of the Bobby Driscoll suspenser The Window (1949), based on Cornell Woolrich's short story "The Boy Cried Murder", which Universal now owned rights to. However, the writing morphed into the plot for "Cloak and Dagger." See more »

Goofs

Before Davey is even at the airport, the bomb in Kim's radio has less than 11 minutes before detonation. The amount of time that it takes Davey to get to the airport, identify the elder spies, not to mention the subsequent hijacking and negotiation where Davey, his father, and the spies wind up on a plane together, is far more than eleven minutes. See more »

Quotes

Jack Flack: [walking through traffic] Nothing will hit you if you keep moving!
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Alternate Versions

When Rice confronts Davey down by the waterfront, Rice menacingly says how he intends to shoot Davey with a machine gun, beginning by blowing off his kneecaps, then shooting him in the stomach, and then letting Davey die slowly. In several of the film releases, as well as all the television versions, Rice's graphic narrative is edited out. See more »

Connections

References E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Dabney Coleman's five years of dominance

Cloak and Dagger was one of my favorite films as a child and continues to hold up well as time passes by. A reminder, in many ways, how much Dabney Coleman's performances marked the years 1980-1985. Henry Thomas remains in many ways one of a scant few child actors to make their mark in multiple films (something Disney has struggled with in recent years, even with the attempts to market mediocre talents like Hilary Duff and Lindsey Lohan). And in an era where role playing games of any nature were looked down on, this portrayed them in a heroic light-"Jack Flack always escapes".

There are a number of skilled character actors who make up the supporting cast for this film, and the script continues to hold up to today's standards. In many ways, this film should act as a template for movie studios looking to craft a story for young audiences, as opposed to "Shark Boy and Lava Girl".


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