Labyrinth 1986

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A young girl, who enters a world of her own creation, experiences her first awareness of love, responsibility and danger.

Starring:
David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

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Labyrinth

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Genres Children & Family
Director Jim Henson
Starring David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mae McAlister on 4 April 2004
Format: DVD
'Labyrinth', Henson's 1986 masterpiece is a modern classic for our generation, one of the best pieces of fantasy to grace our screens since 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Revolving around the main character of Sarah (Connelly), an over-imaginative teenager who struggles to find meaning in life beyond her dolls and dressing-up box, the film is essentially a existentialist study of teenage fantasy.
The boundaries between fantasy and reality become dangerously blurred one night, when a desperate Sarah calls on the imaginary king of the goblins to take away her relentlessly screaming baby half-brother, Toby.
Unfortunately for Sarah, Jareth the Goblin King (Bowie) has ceased to be merely a figure of her imagination, and appears in the bedroom in place of the child, whom he has transported to his castle in the centre of a giant labyrinth, where goblins and monsters (sometimes friendly, sometimes not, often very comical!)haunt every corner.
It is then up to Sarah to fight her way through the twisting and ever-changing labyrinth to find her young charge, whilst making friends and resisting temptation along the way. Will she manage to overcome her childish, spoilt instincts and learn to think for herself to help others? Or will she succumb to the temptation of having her fantasies fufilled by the charismic Jareth? Only one way to find out - BUY THIS MOVIE!!
Once described as, "a low point in David Bowie's career" this is a great film for adults and children alike, and contrary to narrow-minded belief, is a classic addition to any Bowie fan's collection. Worth watching for the fashion statements alone - "well, laugh!"
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Picklepea on 10 Jun 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I remember going to see this film went it was released at the cinema, and I loved it then and I still love it now. The characters are all suberb, as is the fairy tale story line and the fantastic music ( I have the CD of the music from the film - that good ol' David Bowie magic!). It is a film for everybody, children to adults, who will all enjoy this mixture of fantasy and goblins and talking door-knockers and stinky bogs! This will be my all time classic fantasy film, hopefully you will enjoy it too. :-)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gemma on 4 July 2005
Format: DVD
I dont really know how to sum up a film which has been my favourite since i was nine and continues to be so. it's just fantabulous, i even have the soundtrack.
Although with age i found it more disturbing to watch, but that has much to do with the tightness of David Bowie's leggings!!
This film is just a great family film, the kind you get out again and again and never tire of. Plus the soundtracks amazing. Do not miss out-BUY IT!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE on 19 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
This film features what is possibly the most incredible creative team ever assembled;

Directed by Jim Henson (Muppets), Produced by George Lucas (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow), Screenplay by Terry Jones (Monty Python) and Music by the legend David Bowie.

This film is satisfying viewing in every way, ranging from the life lessons learned by the main character (a young Jennifer Conelly) to the hilarious Bog of Eternal Stench (I defy anyone not to laugh when the stepping stones fart!).

David Bowie brings a wonderful charisma (and some dodgy tights) to the film as the Goblin King and, of course, some great songs too (he should sing with an ensemble of Muppets more often).

There are scary bits (the things that take themselves apart - voiced by Red Dwarf's Danny John Jules - scared the bejesus out of me as a kid), funny bits (I quote: "You're mamma was a fraggin' aardvark!"), touching bits, thoughtful bits and uplifting bits.

The awesomeness (it's a word because I say it is) of this film, despite everything mentioned above, is in no small part due to the efforts of Jim Henson's Creature Shop. From the friendly, furry giant Ludo to the host of comically grotesque goblins, the puppets in the film give it life, colour and most of it's humour.

Anyone who liked the Muppets, 'Dark Crystal', 'Willow' or Monty Python will love this film. Anyone who says they didn't enjoy the aforementioned is either a) a liar or b) one of these sad people who can't lighten up once in a while.

Watch this film!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mike Cormack on 16 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
This must be one of the most talented line-ups to ever create what is ostensibly a children's film, with George Lucas exec-producing, Terry Jones (the former Python) writing, David Bowie starring and contributing songs, Jim Henson creating puppets and directing. (Danny Joyce Jules, later "Cat" in Red Dwarf, is also one of the voice artists). Unlike most supergroups this collective do not disappoint, as Labyrinth is one of the finest ever children's stories, fit to be mentioned along with "Alice In Wonderland". And like the Alice books, this can be enjoyed by adults too, providing they have not lost their sense of fun and wonder. (14-16 year-olds however will often find this too childish).

In the film the initially whiny early teen Sarah (Jennifer Connolly) has to navigate her way through the Labrinth of the Goblin King (David Bowie), where logic is always askew and nothing is "fair", to rescue her brother Toby. Aided by friends like Hoggle, Ludo and Sir Didymus, Sarah navaigates her way to the Goblin City past numerous dangers and puzzles, finally confronts the Goblin King in a MC Escher-style castle. All the while Sarah is learning lessons about life and growing up.

This is a superb film for kids, tweens and people who haven't grown up. The sets are superb, there's a delightful sense of fantasy and magic and the acting by the human characters excellent (the ballroom scene in particular). I used the film to teach film techniques to 12 year-old and they loved it.
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