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Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

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"A Fairy Tale Told Right"

  • Jan 5, 2001
I love the work of Jim Henson. I enjoy watching the movies and television programs he produced and directed because he was a great film maker and puppeteer. Many of his creations are loveable and some are stunning. However, the main reason I love the work of Jim Henson is because he was a great storyteller who he knew how to tell fairy tales right.

Most people today get their idea of fairy tales from the watered down Disney variety. As much as I enjoy Disney films, it is sad that the true stories are being lost. Sadder still is that if people were to actully listen to and read fairy tales in the way they were meant to be listened to and read, the storyteller would be accused of being a sick and violent person (even though the society we live in is much more sick and violent).

Jim Henson was not afraid of telling a story in the way it was meant to be told. Jim Henson told fairy tales the right way. Such is the case in LABYRINTH.

LABYRINTH is sort of a modern day fairy tale. Sarah is selfish and doesn't want to babysit her crying baby brother. So, she wishes for the goblins to take him away. Did anyone ever tell you to be careful for what you wish for because it might come true? Well, that's just what happens here. The goblins steal Sarah's brother, Toby, and take him to the castle in the goblin city. Sarah can save her brother, but only if she can successfuly navigate the labyrinth that leads to the city in a short amount of time. Sarah begins the quest and in doing so meets up with several loveable, frightening, and confusing creatures. They have several adventures which ultimately lead to Sarah's confrontation with the Goblin King.

LABYRINTH is a delightful fairy tale adventure. It has scary monsters, a fight against evil, and a moral lesson. Children will enjoy watching it. However, I think adults may enjoy it even more because they will understand the parrell between the "fantasy world" and Sarah's (and perhaps your own) real life.

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Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Pretty good movie. One of the best 80's movies. Love the stairs scene.
review by . July 27, 2008
Pros: So old, it's just good fun to watch.     Cons: So old, you'll probably be laughing and saying, "Oh man, it's so old."     The Bottom Line: Ok, it is old, but it is also a lot of fun. Even now, my first viewing at age 24, like a total dork, I love it.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. Years ago in high school, a kid in my art class did a great imitation of a character from Labyrinth, Luto. …
review by . February 18, 2006
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An iconic and favourite movie for every child who grew up in the 80's, LABYRINTH now enchants a whole new generation of fans on DVD. Feeling ignored and unappreciated by her stepmother, Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) rashly wishes her new baby brother Toby into the clutches of Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). Realising her folly, Sarah must enter the magical twist-turning Labyrinth and continue through to the Goblin City if she has any hope of rescuing Toby. But Sarah won't be alone, as she is …
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Jim Henson leaves the Muppets at home and takes an adventure with David Bowie in this now cult classic from 1986. Henson partners with George Lucas and David Bowie take you into a dazzling world of fantasy and intrigue where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.

The plot revolves around Sarah's quest to rescue her little brother from the Goblin King while trapped in a world that is an enormous otherworldly maze. In real life she has to baby-sit her brother and contend with parents who don't understand her at all.
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