Labyrinth

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Full-length movie; Widescreen presentation; DVD picture quality
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • UPC: 043396119079
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: UMD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Bowie Jareth
Jennifer Connelly Sarah
Toby Froud Toby
Brian Henson Voice Only
Shelley Thompson Stepmother
Christopher Malcolm Father
Natalie Finland Fairy
Shari Weiser Hoggle
Ron Mueck Voice Only
David Barclay Didymus
David Shaughnessey Voice Only
Karen Prell The Worm/The Junk Lady/Firey 2
Timothy Bateson Voice Only
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 Voice Only
Denise Bryer Voice Only
Steve Whitmire The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius
Kevin Clash Voice Only
Anthony Jackson Voice Only
Douglas Blackwell Voice Only
David Healy Voice Only
Robert Beatty Voice Only
Toby Philpott Fireys
Ian Thom Fireys
Charles Augins Voice Only
Sherry Amott Firey
Danny John-Jules Voice Only
Cheryl Henson Fireys
Alistair Fullarton Fireys
Rollin Krewson Fireys
Richard Bodkin Voice Only
Percy Edwards Voice Only
Michael Attwell Voice Only
Sean Barrett Voice Only
John Bluthal Voice Only
Peter Marinker Voice Only
Kerry Shale Voice Only
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
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bowie in tights was slightly traumatizing, but...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Labyrinth - Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way 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. 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie for Kids or Kids at Heart

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To see...

    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!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    Jim Henson fans will love

    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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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Memorable

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jim Henson's Best

    This movie was wonderful! The music was excellent (if one likes David Bowie), the settings were all very colorful, the characters are unique, the storyline is unforgettable...I reccommend it to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tastes okay, but it needs more Bowie

    I finally got around to watching this movie and I must say I LOVED Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King. He was excellent....when he was dark. And the film would be a favorite, if it was darker. However, this is a kid's film and you get the sense the Henson pulled back quite a bit, especially with the pop song, Dance Magic Dance "written by Bowie" which, while incredible catchy, takes him out of character. Connelly as our heroine is pretty, but you never really seem to connect with her and she's not quite believable "however she was quite young". The muppets are just okay. HIGHPOINT OF THE FILM: When Jareth stalks Sarah in a M.S. Esher inspired room. The music he sings is undeniably haunting and you'd wish for more of the 'evil' Jareth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Only the best movie EVER...!!

    They couldn't do a remake of this movie and get away with it it wouldn't be the same. :D I was actually made to watch this movie by my sister, and absolutely LOVED it (contrary to what I thought before I watched it. XD) It's BRILLIANT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love Bowie In This Movie!

    I really love Jareth. He's my favorite goblin from any movie. No one but Bowie could play his roll, which is why they can't remake this cool movie. I remember watching this film ages before I found it again, and I remembered the part where Bowie was singing that "Dance magic dance" song. I'm glad I have it again to watch over and over and over. One reason I think this film appeals to me is the fact it's crazy enough to work, and it's pulled off nicely. The music thrills me and makes me wanna dance. And Jareth Jareth Jareth... I want my own Jareth! The ballroom scene in Sarah's dream is a new favorite scene of mine. The music and those costumes enchants me and it can do the same to you. I don't see how anyone could go wrong with this movie. It's quirky and fun. A little outated, but that's one of the reasns why it's fun! Pick this film up for yourself or a teen, child, anyone who likes fantasy! The Goblin King awaits your presence.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this movie!!

    I was a little girl when I saw this movie, but I always remembered it. David Bowie is awesome in this movie, and I can't get over how handsome he is! I love the whole movie, but part of me wished she had chosen Jareth. The naughty part of me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The labyrinth rules!!!!!!!!!!

    This movie is my favorite movie since I've been a little girl. I am now 23 and still enjoy it. I have probably watched it over 30 times and am still not sick of it. I would love to see this movie re-done, although it probably wouldn't compare, sorta of like Charlie and the Choclate Factory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For the dramatic, imaginative, kid at heart.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever!!!!!

    When I first was going to see this movie. I was like this is going to be dumb. But, to my suprise I loved it. It became my fave movie of all time. I also in a weird way fell in love with david's charcter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Labyrinth

    One of my favorites. This is a pretty good movie and the songs are entertaining plus the puppets are hilarious and make the film fun to watch again and again. Would of been cool if they could make a sequel or probably a series or something. That would be interesting. Great movie though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Awsome

    Watched this film when I was around 11,lost the video since then.Never expected to find this film after 14yrs later.This show is simply amazing..I could rate more than 5stars. I cant wait to watch it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Freaky, but Good

    This movie was freaky. I thought the special effects were absolutely magnificent! I also thought the movie was good too! Nevermind the average rating, It's a 5-star movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Movie...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film

    I love this movie. It instantly takes me back to my childhood. I still quote the lines and sing the songs. Plus, the puppets are awesome.

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