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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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Davey's hero was imaginary . . . but the enemy agents were real! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the car scene after leaving the Alamo, actor John McIntire tells Davey that he has the Cloak and Dagger tape in his camera bag and "why don't you open it and find out?". In this line, McIntire's voice sounded so similar to The Rescuers (1977) that most audiences recognized his voice immediately as the same actor. See more »

Goofs

When Davey is Driving Rice's Car in the parking Garage as he is exiting the parking garage you can clearly see that an adult is driving the car, not Davey. See more »

Quotes

Davey Osborne: [Davey grabs up the Jack Flack minature figure off the game board and puts it in his pocket] . Time to go, Jack!
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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

Referenced in Miami Vice: Made for Each Other (1985) See more »

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Jack Flack always escapes!
30 September 2002 | by KastoreSee all my reviews

It's movies like this one that are the reason I love movies. One of the greatest forgotten gems of the 80s, "Cloak & Dagger" is the exciting tale of deadly spies, imaginary superheroes, and ATARI. Henry Thomas ("E.T.") plays Davey Osborne, a lonely boy who has escaped into the fantasy world of his favorite video game hero - Jack Flack. Dabney Coleman gives the greatest performance of his career in the dual roles of Jack Flack and Davey's father. Sporting the coolest-looking leather bomber jacket and beret ever seen, Flack guides young Davey through the treacherous world of real spies, real secrets, and real bullets. Davey must keep an ATARI game cartridge containing plans for an invisible bomber plane encoded inside of it out of traitorous spies' hands, but no adult believes him, and he gets little help from the only person who does - his even younger friend Kim. A young William Forsythe co-stars as the gaming genius who unlocks the code within the cartridge. And Louis Anderson also has a short cameo towards the end.

"Cloak & Dagger" is an excellent movie about a boy who must face the dangers of the world all by himself following the death of his mother and his father's preoccupation with work. Dabney Coleman's character of Jack Flack is the best imaginary mentor ever featured in a film, preceding the likes of Tyler Durden and Frank the Bunny by over 15 years. The ending is truly touching and inspiring. This movie also has a heartwarming message to it - that at some point, you must learn to handle life's challenges all by yourself. And also that the greatest heroes exist in real life, not in fantasy. "Cloak & Dagger" is a film suitable for the whole family whose time has finally come to get the recognition it deserves. 10/10


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