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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.

Director:

Jim Henson

Writers:

Dennis Lee (story by), Jim Henson (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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) (as David Goelz)
David Alan Barclay David Alan Barclay ... Didymus / Firey 1
David Shaughnessy ... Voice of Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin
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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laberinto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,549,243, 29 June 1986

Gross USA:

$13,758,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,935,204
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Technical Specs

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The 13 hour margin has a symbolic meaning and was not an arbitrary number chosen randomly. Sarah made her wish around midnight. This is the most powerful time when demons, goblins and other malevolent creatures can cross their dimension and enter the earthly realm. Moreover, according to folklore there is a time rift between midnight and one o' clock a.m. which is the nominal 13th hour. In order for this time circumvention to be activated, something jarring and horrible must happen just like Sarah's wish. In the film this element is altered with the 13th hour lasting for 13 hours and not just 60 minutes. This is why the magical clock has 13 numbers on it. Although it is never spelled out directly in the film, the individuals who enter the earthly dimension from the outer planes (or vice versa) manage to enter the time fissure. Although time flies in the 13th hour it does not advance in the human world. The novelization confirms that when Sarah's parents return home, little time has gone by in the house as it is past midnight. Although Sarah spends hours in the Goblin dimension, it is inferred that less than an hour has elapsed in the human world. See more »

Goofs

We see Sarah take a bite of the "peach" Hoggle gives her. As the scene continues she clearly has nothing in her mouth, despite that we never see her chew or swallow the peach. 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 In Their Own Words: Jim Henson (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Magic Dance
Performed by David Bowie
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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