June 27th, 1986

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15-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in 13 hours.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.3/10 (47,489 voted)

Critic's Score: 50/100

Director: Jim Henson

Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud

Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby. But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin...

Writers: Dennis Lee, Jim Henson

David Bowie - Jareth the Goblin King
Jennifer Connelly - Sarah
Toby Froud - Toby
Shelley Thompson - Stepmother
Christopher Malcolm - Father
Natalie Finland - Fairy
Shari Weiser - Hoggle
Brian Henson - Hoggle / Goblin (voice)
Ron Mueck - Ludo / Firey 2 / Goblin (voice)
Rob Mills - Ludo / Firey 3
Dave Goelz - Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Left Door Knocker / Firey 3 (voice) (as David Goelz)
David Alan Barclay - Didymus / Firey 1
David Shaughnessy - Didymus / The Hat / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice) (as David Shaughnessy)
Karen Prell - The Worm / The Junk Lady / Firey 2
Timothy Bateson - The Worm / The Four Guards / Goblin (voice)

Taglines: Jim Henson, George Lucas and David Bowie take you into a dazzling world of fantasy and adventure.

Release Date: 27 June 1986

Filming Locations: Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $12,729,917 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Hoggle consisted of 1 actor inside the suit, along with 4 puppeteers controlling 18 motors inside the face rig, according to the "Inside the Labyrinth" special.

Continuity: In the scene where Sarah is with the JunkWoman in her pretend room, the Junkwoman hands her her lipstick and tells her to make herself up with it. In the next shot we see Sarah with perfect red lipstick on, yet there didn't appear to be time for her to apply it.

Sarah: Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child, and wanted everything to himself, and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew is that the king of the goblins had fallen in love with the the girl, and he had given her certain powers. So one night, when the baby had be particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help!
Goblin: [inside the closet] Listen!
Sarah: "Say your right words," the goblins said, "and we'll take the baby to the castle, and you will be free!" But the girl knew, that the Goblin King would keep the baby in his castle for ever and ever and ever, and turn it into a goblin! And so the girl suffered in silence. Until one day, when she was tired from a day of housework, and she was hurt by the harsh words of her stepmother, and she could no longer stand it...

User Review

It's starting to sound like a broken record, but you're going to love this movie!

Rating: 10/10

I recently had the pleasure of watching this movie with three kids who had (to my shock and dismay) never seen it before. It turned out to be as good, if not better, as I remembered. The story is reminescent of the original, printed page (very dark) Grimm fairy tales. The special effects are still special, and the characters are unforgettable. Seriously, don't miss it.

This is one of the very few childrens' movies that is smarter and better than what has unfortunately become "normal" for the genera. The reverse evolution in childrens' films is heartbreaking, as kids don't deserve to be talked down to so often in movies. I grew up on films like "Labyrinth", "the Neverending Story", and "the Secret of NIMH", and I still count them among my favorites. In the 80's they gave us cinematic filet mignon, and today's kids are getting Spam.

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