Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

Director:

Jim Henson

Writers:

Dennis Lee (story by), Jim Henson (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Bowie ... Jareth
Jennifer Connelly ... Sarah
Toby Froud ... Toby
Shelley Thompson ... Stepmother
Christopher Malcolm ... Father
Natalie Finland Natalie Finland ... Fairy
Shari Weiser ... Hoggle
Brian Henson ... Hoggle / Goblin (voice)
Ron Mueck Ron Mueck ... Ludo / Firey 2 / Goblin (voice)
Rob Mills Rob Mills ... Ludo / Firey 3
Dave Goelz ... Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Left Door Knocker / Firey 3 (voice)
David Alan Barclay ... Didymus / Firey 1 (as David Barclay)
David Shaughnessy ... Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)
Karen Prell Karen Prell ... The Worm / The Junk Lady / Firey 2
Timothy Bateson ... The Worm / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)
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Storyline

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 stepbrother be taken by the Goblin King Jareth. 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. Soon Sarah teams up with some allies. Will they rescue Toby in time? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Three Extraordinary Talents take you to a World of Fantasy and Adventure, The World of Labyrinth! See more »


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Trivia

The movie was loosely based on "Outside Over There", a children's picture book written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak in 1981 (Sendak's famous book Where The Wild Things Are is seen at the start of this movie in the bedroom, these two books, and "In The Night Kitchen", comprise a loose trilogy of dreamlike books by Sendak). The story follows young Ida who must enter the fantastical world described as "outside over there" to find her baby sister, who's been spirited away by some goblins. See more »

Goofs

When Sarah shows Hoggle the bracelet, she holds it in her thumb and pointer finger. When the camera angle changes showing the view from behind her, she dangles it on her suddenly extended pointer finger. 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

Referenced in The Sasquatch Gang (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Chilly Down
Performed by David Alan Barclay, Karen Prell, and Rob Mills
Written by David Bowie
Produced by David Bowie and Arif Mardin
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User Reviews

 
I wish someone had handed me over to the Goblin King when I was a kid!
7 December 1998 | by THFCSee all my reviews

Cool film! Way too good for children. Jim Henson, as ever, is the absolute master of every kind of puppetry known to man or muppet.Particularly adorable is the little punk worm who invites Sarah to "Come inside and meet the missus"... very cute. The plot has all the essential elements of a good fairy tale with the added bonus of a heroine who manages to get through all her trials and tribulations without squealing feebly or fainting into the arms of any poxy bloke. David Bowie is wonderfully sexy (despite the fright wig) and his natural humour shines through although his character does a pretty good job of being spiteful and menacing. I get the feeling the he really enjoyed making this film. The soundtrack is excellent and "As the World Falls Down" is quite hauntingly beautiful ('though I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that the ballroom sequence in which it was played did slow the action down a little - but it was a visual feast).

All in all, a beautiful film with a wonderful cast of creatures and humans. Makes me miss Jim Henson's talents lots but at least we've still got Brian (his son). My friend's three year old now has a crush on the Goblin King (I dread to think how that's gonna shape her life!).


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Labyrinth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,549,243, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$13,723,253

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,915,874
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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