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Labyrinth (1986)

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A 16-year-old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King.

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... Jareth
... Sarah
... Toby
... Stepmother
... Father
Natalie Finland ... Fairy
... Hoggle
... Hoggle / Goblin (voice)
Ron Mueck ... Ludo / Firey 2 / Goblin (voice)
Rob Mills ... Ludo / Firey 3
... Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Left Door Knocker / Firey 3 (voice) (as David Goelz)
David Alan Barclay ... Didymus / Firey 1
David Shaughnessy ... Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice) (as David Shaughnessy)
Karen Prell ... The Worm / The Junk Lady / Firey 2
... The Worm / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)
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The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. 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, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems. See more »


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27 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Laberinto  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,729,917
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In the DVD version, there are hidden faces in seven scenes. In general, they resemble the head that Jareth leans against before giving Hoggle the peach (David Bowie's actual face at that time). The faces can be found: Upper right corner of the [stone] maze, just after the worm shakes its head and says "If she'd have kept on going down that way..." To the right of the screen, after the rung under Hoggle breaks, as he watches it fall. Upper left corner of the hedge maze, as Hoggle is muttering "Get through the labyrinth, get through the labyrinth, one thing's for sure... " Lower right corner of the wall bordering the Bog of Eternal Stench, just after the ledge breaks under Sarah and Hoggle for the first time. During the wide shot of the hedge maze in the middle left on the stony floor just after the hat says, "It's so stimulating being your hat." In the forest as Sir Didymus says "We should reach the castle well before day." See more »

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Sarah enters Toby's room when he is crying, picks up the stuffed bear and puts it on the bed next to the pillows. In the next shot the stuffed bear is not in the same place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sarah: 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...
[thunder rumbles]
Sarah: For my will is as strong as yours, my kingdom as great... Damn.
[pulls the Labyrinth book out of her pocket]
Sarah: I can never remember that line.
[reads]
Sarah: You have no power over me.
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Connections

Featured in Saturday Superstore: Episode #5.10 (1986) See more »

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Magic Dance
Performed by David Bowie
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie and Arif Mardin
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A wonderful fantasy tale!
29 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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