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With: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Shari Weiser, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz
Written by: Terry Jones, from a story by Jim Henson, Dennis Lee
Directed by: Jim Henson
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 101
Date: 06/27/1986

Labyrinth (1986)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A guilty pleasure for me, Labyrinth is a made-for-kids movie with just enough weird stuff in it to appeal to teens (like a peeing goblin, a worm with a Cockney accent and an Escher-like chase scene). Not to mention that it was one of beautiful Jennifer Connelly's first starring roles.

George Lucas produced and Muppet creator Jim Henson directed this adventure of a teenage girl who must venture into an enchanted labyrinth and castle to tangle with an evil sorcerer (David Bowie) and rescue her baby brother. Monty Python's Terry Jones co-wrote the script, and the great Elaine May reportedly took a pass at it as well. Bowie performs several songs.

Columbia has released the film in a sparkling, very impressive new Superbit edition, which forgoes the extras to make more room for higher quality picture and sound. After its 2007 theatrical re-release, Sony re-released the DVD in an anniversary edition with lots of new extras.

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