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Labyrinth
     

Labyrinth

4.7 97
Director: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

Cast: Jim Henson, David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

 

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George Lucas produced and Jim Henson directed this gothic fantasy which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film's music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous

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George Lucas produced and Jim Henson directed this gothic fantasy which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film's music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a mystical world one step removed from reality. He tells Sarah that the only way to get her brother back is to find her way through a M.C. Escher-like labyrinth and find the castle at the center. As she makes her way through the maze, she faces a number of horrific challenges (like the Bog of Eternal Stench) before she finds her way to the gravity-defying castle, where her brother is being held by the evil goblins.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A campy '80s fantasy, Labyrinth brings together some of the leaders in the genre to assemble a popular adventure tale. While executive produced by George Lucas, director Jim Henson provides his inventive Muppets, and former Monty Python member Terry Jones crafts witty and inventive side bits in the screenplay to color the standard formula. The special effects, makeup, and creatures are top-notch, all created before CGI technology, thus marking an end of an era for live-action fantasy films. Jennifer Connelly is not especially good as Sarah, although she does serve her purpose as the inventive dreamer for the Alice in Wonderland- or Wizard of Oz-style journey. The actor most notable is David Bowie as the villain Jareth, whose glam rock wig and revealing tights give a nod to his former alter ego Ziggy Stardust. He is quite possibly the high point of the film, contributing to songwriting and creating an alluring figure in Jareth that rightfully could be borne of a young girl's imagination. The musical score and production numbers are silly enough to firmly plant the movie in the '80s, but they also seem to add to the charm that is missing from Jim Henson's other Muppet fantasy The Dark Crystal.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
UPC:
0043396185814
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
31,965

Special Features

Disc 1:; New high definition film transfer; New commentary by Brian Froud; Disc 2:; Original making of documentary "Inside the Labyrinth" Journey through the Labyrinth: "Kingdom of Characters" & documentaries that include rediscovered footage from the Henson archives and newly recorded interviews with the people who brought Labyrinth to life

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bowie Jareth
Jennifer Connelly Sarah
Toby Froud Toby
Brian Henson Hoggle
Shelley Thompson Stepmother
Christopher Malcolm Father
Natalie Finland Fairy
Shari Weiser Hoggle
Ron Mueck Ludo/Ludo's Voice/Firey 2/Goblin
David Barclay Didymus
David Shaughnessey Didymus
Karen Prell The Worm/The Junk Lady/Firey 2
Timothy Bateson The Worm/The Four Guards/Goblin
Anthony Asbury One of the Four Guards,Right Door Knocker,Fireys
David Bradshaw Fireys
Leonie Pallete Ballroom Dancer
Rob Mills Ludo/Firey 3
Dave Goelz Didymus,The Hat,The Four Guards,Left Door Knocker,Fir
Frank Oz The Wiseman
Michael Hordern The Wiseman
Denise Bryer The Junk Lady
Steve Whitmire The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius
Kevin Clash The Four Guards/Fireys
Anthony Jackson The Four Guards/Goblin
Douglas Blackwell The Four Guards/Goblin
David Healy Right Door Knocker
Robert Beatty Left Door Knocker
Toby Philpott Fireys
Ian Thom Fireys
Charles Augins Firey
Sherry Amott Firey
Danny John-Jules Firey 3/Firey 4
Cheryl Henson Fireys
Alistair Fullarton Fireys
Rollin Krewson Fireys
Richard Bodkin Fireys
Percy Edwards Ambrosius
Michael Attwell Goblin
Sean Barrett Goblin
John Bluthal Goblin
Peter Marinker Goblin
Kerry Shale Goblin
Marc Antona Goblin Corps
Kenny Baker Goblin Corps
Danny Blackner Goblin Corps
Peter Burroughs Goblin Corps
Toby Clark Goblin Corps
Tessa Crockett Goblin Corps
Warwick Davis Goblin Corps
Malcolm Dixon Goblin Corps
Anthony Georghiou Goblin Corps
Paul Grant Goblin Corps
John Key Goblin Corps
Andrew Herd Goblin Corps
Richard Jones Goblin Corps
Mark Lisle Goblin Corps
Peter Mandell Goblin Corps
Linda Spriggs Goblin Corps
Katie Purvis Goblin Corps
Nicholas Read Goblin Corps
Albert Wilkinson Goblin Corps
Penny Stead Goblin Corps
Michael Henbury Ballan Goglin Corps
Elfrida Ashworth Ballroom Dancer
Margaret Foyer Ballroom Dancer
Elizabeth A. Gilbert Ballroom Dancer
Louise Gold Ballroom Dancer
Moira Grant Ballroom Dancer
San Lee Ballroom Dancer
Janis Mackintosh Ballroom Dancer
Penny Marsden Ballroom Dancer
Kim Mendez Ballroom Dancer
Wendy Millward Ballroom Dancer
Caroline Pope Ballroom Dancer
Sharon White Ballroom Dancer
John Aron Ballroom Dancer
Terry Dane Ballroom Dancer
Derek Hartley Ballroom Dancer
Douglas Howes Ballroom Dancer

Technical Credits
Jim Henson Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Charles Augins Choreography
Martin G. Baker Associate Producer
David Bowie Songwriter
Roger Cain Art Director
Lewis John Carlino Screenwriter
Nick Dudman Makeup
Ellis Flyte Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Froud Costumes/Costume Designer
George Gibbs Special Effects
John Grover Editor
Peter Howitt Art Director
Edward C. Hume Screenwriter
Terry Jones Screenwriter
Trevor Jones Score Composer
David Lazer Producer
Dennis Lee Original Story
George Lucas Executive Producer
Cheryl McFadden Choreography
Gates McFadden Choreography
Michael White Art Director
Michael Moschen Choreography
Eric Rattray Producer
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
John Varley Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Labyrinth [Anniversary Edition]
1. Start [4:09]
2. Underground [2:57]
3. The Goblin King [4:37]
4. I Wish... [3:03]
5. Hoggle [2:10]
6. Left or Right? [3:16]
7. The Worm [2:06]
8. Magic Dance [3:59]
9. The Four Guards [2:32]
10. Helping Hands [:57]
11. The Oubliette [3:19]
12. False Alarms [2:39]
13. The Cleaners [3:01]
14. Wisemen & Hat [3:01]
15. Ludo [3:10]
16. Door Knockers [5:42]
17. Chilly Down [3:56]
18. Bog of Eternal Stench [2:35]
19. Sir Didymus [6:04]
20. Jareth's Present [:57]
21. As the World Falls Down [5:34]
22. The Junk Lady [5:51]
23. Who Goes? [4:05]
24. Castle Guards [4:10]
25. The Rolling Stones [3:22]
26. Within You [3:18]
27. Powerless [2:23]
28. Home [7:50]

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Labyrinth 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
pablocomotion More than 1 year ago
I was totally captivated by this fantasy & never tired from watching it again and again. Jim Henson's a brilliant artist and redefined entertainment for kids and adults - his imagination and storytelling blend a totally original style of playfulness, darkness and humor which had me hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you can get past the fact that the movie probably isn't 'cool', you'll find a movie that is very watchable and funny. Both of my kids love it, and it's one I don't mind watching, either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie like 10 years ago when I was twelve, it still wonderfull to me thought, and if you like fantasy, other world, charm, and good stories, everything is here!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For my will is as strong as yours and my kingdom is as great. Sarah: Damn I could never remember that line. Then she looks at Jareth and says &quot You have no power over me.&quot Who doesn't remember this movie when they were young and not get tired of it? I remember my brother and I watched this a lot when we were younger and then forgot about it years later. I then saw a vid on youtube and thanks to that it got me interested in seeing the film again. My bro and I watched it again and notice some stuff like of how in the beginning you clearly see the books and toys that Sarah have with the creatures that later appear in the Labyrinth to the face of Bowie on 3 seperate pieces of a rock thing where Hoggle is given the peach by Jareth. Something always bugged me when I was watching a scene particulary the ball room scene. Did anyone noticed one of the dancers (besides Jareth) who wore a long hat and long nose type mask was always following/stalking Sarah? Moving on, this is the story of a girl who learns i guess grow up while trying to get back her baby brother after wishing him away and makes friends along the way. Hoggle had good character development from a cheat to a coward to a brave and loyal friend. Ludo is adorable and Sir Didymus was awesome. Jareth what more to say he's freaking awesome good or bad (prefer bad LOL). Sarah seemed a little childish and bratty but still you got to admit that dress was pretty. Jareth was cocky, sexy and yet in pain like he longed for something more...I wasn't sure why many believe that Jareth loved Sarah. It seemed like he was just distracting her so she could forget about Toby but hey us fans can dream can't we? The songs were good especially Underground and Within You. Fave scenes has to be any scene with Jareth (especially the ballroom and escher staircase scene). I always wondered what would happen after Sarah returns to her world and am happy to tell ya that there is a sequel (its a manga actually). Movies like Labyrinth are to bring out our imagination and this does just that. Watch Labyrinth with your kids or friends or family, its still a classic and will never be old.
anne_jindra 6 months ago
She's a girl who's mad at her mother's second marriage, and the child who took her place- her baby half brother. He's the Goblin King, the granter of wishes that are best forgotten. The setting is allegory and the journey, life. Sarah is young, impetuous and tired of the restrictions that society places on teenagers to keep them from growing up too fast. Her parents are happy, modern and determined to make a blended family within the new religious framework for the nineteen nineties- where the home is still paramount, but the tradition of Adam and Eve, until death do we part, has been replaced by the more Wiccan concept of handfasting. She's a product of this world and, ultimately, represents the generation that will finally bring it together. The story weaves like a Celtic trinity knot, ending where it begins as she puzzles and discovers her way through the Labyrinth of life, experiencing the promises of Jareth, the Goblin King and eventually seeing through the illusions around her and finding her way back to both reality and wonder. Does she keep the magic, lose her brother and allow Jareth a way into her life? Or does she grow up, learn to see through the walls around her and manage to find the strength to have it all? Tatianna Anne Jindra On YouTube https://badfantasyrx.blogspot.com/2016/09/labyrinth.html From water, flung into being. Emerging from no when, then, the Labyrinth. Shaped from star dirt, all that matters. The joy or sorrow of its wending Gordian Knot Flowing from what we see in the child’s mouth Pushing an ever growing burden of memory before. Allusion, both ways. No Hob to trick, instead a Swan A shower of rings and things, The promises of a Goblin King, Of the devil, having stolen the unicorn’s horn.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
good thing this movie is in stock. My sister loves this movie. Its her favorite and you know what ? I quite enjoy it myself. My sisters all time favorite movie. cool movie oh and Toby is so cute.
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CATSmagic More than 1 year ago
For anyone who is a fan of Jim Henson. This is a fun movie for anyone at any age. David Bowie is Jareth the Goblin King who obeys the wish of Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly. Sarah wishes her step brother away due to her being annoyed at having to babysit him. She doesn't realize that her made up story of a land where goblins live, ruled by their king. When wished to the goblins will come a take wished away children to live with them. Realizing her mistake and finding out she really does care for her young step brother Sarah is taken to Jareth's world where she will have to run a labyrinth. If she can reach the end before time is up then her and her brother can go home. If not then her brother will become a goblin.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Sarah wishes for her baby brother away and the Goblin King grants her wish. She realizes what she's done and has to rescue Toby. Along the way she finds friends in Ludo, Sir Didymus and eventually Hoggle. The songs are great. The acting is good. A beloved imaginative classic that the whole family can watch.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this film! And like others have said, David Bowie makes the ultimate bad guy. You must watch it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was Sarah, once upon a time, when I first saw the film in fact. I had the same feelings, and dramatic behavior. I also dreamed of an adventure like the one she has in this movie, which stole my heart years ago and still holds it close. It's ridiculous, but fun. With memories of the girl I was and the land of wonderful imagination this film invokes, it shall forever be a favorite, I hope I have daughter like Sarah and she has a Jareth. Even it he is just in her dreams. Imagination turns eveything into magic, and if you look hard enough you can find an adventure to rival Sarah's. Everyone should explore the Labyrith at least once in their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the reason why I am a huge fan of fantasy movies. I remember when my sister and I first watched this film. We were so facinated and mesmerized by the story line and the characters. I related so much to the Jennifer Connelly character, because I too was the older sibling who dealt with some mixed feelings towards my younger sibling, but we connected when we watched this movie over and over again. We would sing the songs and we thought David Bowie was haunting and wickedly lovable. I have even downloaded some of the songs on my Media player and I still sing the ''Dance Magic Dance'' song to my sister now and again. This movie is a great collectable item and I hope to share it with my children one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a beautiful movie for both kids and adults alike. a wonderful form of escapism and the fact that david bowie stars in it is always a plus ;) i have watched this movie since i was a kid and it is still one of my favorites. wonderful soundtrack as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie! David Bowie is the coolest person, and he is hot, hot, hot! I love the little Catapillar at the beginning, he is soooo cute! Me and my older sister think that this is the best movie, and will have it for the rest of our lives!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie, and I was amazed. The Labyrinth is so amazing! The way everything is¿it's hard to describe¿I can just say it was magical!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A marvelous and magical flick for all ages. Jennifer Connelly was such a major hottie back in the 80's yet she still is, this is a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Labyrinth is awesome. It has everything: romance, humor, an action sequence, friedship, a talking wurm, DAVID BOWIE, you get the picture. The special effects aren't that great, and the whole puppet thing might irk some, but if you're willing to overlook those details, you're in for a treat. They soundtrack is great as well. It features a couple of songs written and performed by Bowie especially for the movie, and a few musical scores.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have this movie on taped since it first came out and i enjoy watching it time and time again. It's amazing on how they can put a movie together the way they did and make it come to life with the charaters to do all those different things. Thank you (rcf ny)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen this movie to numerous times to count. I used to watch it with my children when they were younger. Now I watch it because I missed seeing it when the kids stopped watching it. Hence, I watch it for my own enjoyment. THE MUSIC IS GREAT, AS BOWIE ONLY COULD BE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is the best it does not matter what age you are the movie will always stick with you and so will David Bowie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Travel into a world of fantasy where nothing seems possible and everything is possible. By buyinth ''Labyrinth'', you take a jurney into the mind of a teennage girl named Sarah (Jennifer Connelly). Sarah has always been into fairy tales and magic...but she always had one favorite book....''Labyrinth''. She would always recite the words...until one night that was. She wishes for the goblins to take away her baby brother, and the goblins do so. Now Sarah (Connelly), has to travel her way through the labyrinth. She needs to get to the center, to the castle, to get her brother from Jareth (David Bowie), the Goblin King. With challenges like the Bog of Eternal Stench and the Oubliette ect, Sarah still won't give up. Jareth (Bowie) needs to think of more to stop her. There are much laughs and even some thrills is the smash hit ''Labyrinth''....buy it!