Sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie).
The scientist father of a teenage girl and boy accidentally shrinks his and two other neighborhood teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight diminutive dangers as the father searches for them.
Teenager Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is forced by her father (Christopher Malcolm) and her stepmother (Shelley Thompson) to babysit her baby brother Toby (Toby Froud) while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her stepbrother be taken by the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie). Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that her wish was granted and the Goblin King Jareth has taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents and asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells her that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle (Brian Henson), the beast Ludo (Ron Mueck), and the knight Didymus (David Shaughnessy) and his dog Ambrosius (Percy Edwards) in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time?Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The split sculpture was an invention of Jim Henson and Debbie the Roboteer for this movie. It looks like a series of rocks until the camera pans to the correct angle, then it resembles Goblin King Jareth's (David Bowie's) face. It was developed over several gruelling evenings with hot, noisy robots and Plastina Romana at the Robotorium, Inc. on Mott Street in New York City during the early 1980s. See more »
Jennifer Connelly's weight changes drastically throughout the course of the film. Comparing the ballroom sequence with the meeting of Hoggle (pond) her face is considerably plumper (cheeks). Also this is sometimes visible during scenes. See more »
Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great...
For my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom as great... Damn.
[pulls the Labyrinth book out of her pocket]
I can never remember that line.
You have no power over me.
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By today's standards "Labyrinth" may look dated and cheap but there's something about it that makes it special.
David Bowie makes it a stand alone movie in the weird ranking. The man is crazy but his performance is excellent!
Jennifer Connely (being 16 at the time) delivers a solid and tender performance. She was very, very cute and her performance totally gained the audience's love.
The tale is fantastic and keeps you interested from the beginning to the end. The musical moments are also great! The f/x were great for it's time and I wonder how they came out with the idea for creating such original characters.
The thing that I liked the most about the movie is it's art direction. The world that is created is taken directly from everyone's fantasy world idea. Colorful and dark at the same time.
Better than the "Neverending Story" movies, "Labyrinth" should be watched for lovers of sci-fi.
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