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Labyrinth

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Original Air Date:
1986
Channel:
Theatrical
Prod. Co.:
Jim Henson Productions
Genre:
Film
 

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Characters & Voices
Jareth - David Bowie
Sarah - Jennifer Connelly
Toby - Toby Froud
Stepmother - Shelley Thompson
Father - Christopher Malcolm
Fairy - Natalie Finland
Hoggle - Shari Weiser
Hoggle/Goblin voice - Brian Henson
Ludo/Ludo's Voice/Firey 2/Goblin Voice - Ron Mueck
Ludo/Firey 3 - Rob Mills
Didymus/The Hat/The Four Guards/Left Door/Knocker - Dave Goelz
Didymus/Firey 1 - David Alan Barclay
Didymus/The Hat/The Four Guards/Goblin - David Shaughnessy
The Worm/The Junk Lady/Firey 2 - Karen Prell
The Worm/The Four Guards/Goblin - Timothy Bateson
The Wiseman - Frank Oz
The Wiseman - Michael Hordern
The Junk Lady - Denise Bryer
The Four Guards/Firey 4/Ambrosius - Steve Whitmire
The Four Guards/Firey 1/Ambrosius - Kevin Clash
The Four Guards/Right Door Knocker/Firey 5 - Anthony Asbury
The Four Guards' Voice/Goblin Voice - Anthony Jackson
The Four Guards/Goblin - Douglas Blackwell
Right Door Knocker - David Healy
Left Door Knocker - Robert Beatty
Firey 1 - Toby Philpott
Firey 2 - Ian Thom
Firey 2 - Charles Augins
Firey 3 - Sherry Amott
Firey 3/Firey 4 - Danny John
Firey 4 - Cheryl Henson
Firey 4 - Kevin Bradshaw
Firey 5 - Alistair Fullarton
Firey 5 - Rollin Krewson
Firey 5 - Richard Bodkin
Ambrosius - Percy Edwards
Goblin Corps - Marc Antona
Ballroom Dancer - John Aron
Ballroom Dancer - Elfrida Ashworth
Goblin - Michael Attwell
Goblin Corps - Kenny Baker
Goblin Corps - Michael Henbury Ballan
Goblin - Sean Barrett
Goblin Corps - Danny Blackner
Goblin - John Bluthal
Goblin Corps - Peter Burroughs
Goblin Corps - Toby Clark
Goblin Corps - Tessa Crockett
Ballroom Dancer - Terry Dane
Goblin Corps - Warwick Davis
Goblin Corps - Malcolm Dixon
Ballroom Dancer - Margaret Foyer
Goblin Corps - Anthony Georghiou
Ballroom Dancer - Elizabeth A. Gilbert
Ballroom Dancer - Louise Gold
Ballroom Dancer - Moira Grant
Goblin Corps - Paul Grant
Ballroom Dancer - Derek Hartley
Goblin Corps - Andrew Herd
Ballroom Dancer - Douglas Howes
Goblin Corps - Richard Jones
Goblin Corps - John Key
Ballroom Dancer - San Lee
Goblin Corps - Mark Lisle
Ballroom Dancer - Janis Mackintosh
Goblin Corps - Peter Mandell
Goblin Voice - Peter Marinker
Ballroom Dancer - Penny Marsden
Ballroom Dancer - Kim Mendez
Ballroom Dancer - Wendy Millward
Ballroom Dancer - Leonie Palette
Ballroom Dancer - Caroline Pope
Ballroom Dancer - Christopher Preston
Goblin Corps - Jack Purvis
Goblin Corps - Katie Purvis
Goblin Corps - Nicholas Read
Ballroom Dancer - Peter Salmon
Goblin Voice - Kerry Shale
Ballroom Dancer - Peter Sim
Ballroom Dancer - Graeme Sneddon
Goblin Corps - Linda Spriggs
Goblin Corps - Penny Stead
Ballroom Dancer - Graham Tudor
Ballroom Dancer - David Turner
Ballroom Dancer - Sharon White
Goblin Corps - Albert Wilkinson
Ballroom Dancer - Barrie J. Wilkinson
 
Masterminded by Muppeteer Jim Henson and Star Wars creator George Lucas, Labyrinth combined live actors, puppetry and special effects in an elaborate fantasy. While not officially a sequel to Henson's The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth had the same look and feel, and it stirred up the same kind of religious fan fervor.

The film begins as a teenage girl named Sarah babysits her younger brother Toby. A na´ve girl who indulges herself in fantasies and daydreams, Sarah dislikes always having to be responsible for her kid brother. In a moment of annoyance, she wishes the Goblin King would steal him away forever. She is horrified when her terrible wish actually comes true, and she plunges into the labyrinth in order to save poor Toby.

Jareth, the Goblin King, watches Sarah with great interest as she navigates her way through the treacherous, complicated maze. She is assisted in her quest by many strange characters, including the gruff dwarf Hoggle, the miniature but brave Sir Didymus and the gentle giant Ludo. Sarah's adventures in the labyrinth cause her to become a wiser and more compassionate person, as she matures from a self-indulgent child to a young, intelligent woman.

The film provided many memorable moments of stunning images, including a dark tunnel crowded with thousands of white Helping Hands, the odious Bog of Eternal Stench, Jareth's staircase kingdom (based on the drawings of M.C. Escher) and of course, the mysterious labyrinth itself.

David Bowie's performance as Jareth also made a striking impression. His Goblin King had a truly magnetic presence that made one understand why Sarah would find herself unwillingly attracted to him. The former Ziggy Stardust also wrote and performed five original songs for the film's soundtrack.

It's very easy to fall under the spell of a movie like Labyrinth, because it taps into our ideas about dreams and illusions. The film also boasted innovative puppetry creations for the numerous creatures that populated its fantasy world, making it an even more mesmerizing and unique moviegoing experience.
 
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