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Cloak & Dagger

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

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Juvenile actor Henry Thomas, late of E.T., is the star of Cloak and Dagger. Given to telling whoppers, Thomas finds himself in a boy-who-cried-wolf dilemma when he overhears two spies plotting to smuggle valuable info out of the US. When he can't get his own father Dabney Coleman to believe him, Thomas turns disconsolately to a computer game called "Cloak and Dagger" and begins to fantasize, imagining that he is in cahoots with secret agent Jack Flack, also played by Coleman. Finally coming to

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Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Nov 23, 2004

Universal Pictures

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Cloak and Dagger is fun for adults as well as older kids, thanks to the imaginative writing (by Tom Holland) and direction (by Richard Franklin).

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The last thing we need right now is another movie about a boy caught up in the world of computer games - but ''Cloak and Dagger,'' while fitting that mold, is clever and enjoyable anyhow.

May 25, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A film with much to recommend it, Cloak and Dagger feels like a Hitchcock movie produced by Walt Disney.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Fantasy-adventure is exciting, but full of dark mayhem.

November 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

So-so Dabney Coleman kid fantasy-adventure yarn.

July 13, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

The great Dabney Coleman in TWO different roles? All right!

April 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Cloak & Dagger

A cute little kids spy film, about military secrets being smuggled out of the county in Atari Game Cartages. Funny to see how basic graphics were in 1983, not a great film but should keep those under 13 amused for more then 5 minutes. I saw it on Netflix Stream. 3 Stars
February 24, 2012
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An espionage obsessed 12 year old (Elliot from ET) fights some really under qualified bad guys who are trying to get there hands on an Atari game with top secret information embedded in it.

Fairly entertaining, I'd recommend it to kids under 13, but being they don't know what Atari is I'm not sure it'll fly. Definitely worth remaking.
February 4, 2011
kenstachnik

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Amazing, this is kids action movie! I loved it, it's a lot of fun, and very suspenseful.
January 18, 2011
ajv2688

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It has good cinematography and Dabney Coleman is great in his double role, but the boy lead, Henry Thomas, seems a little autistic at times. This is a brave kids movie in that the hero is so wrapped up in his spy-videogame world that we know it's probably not healthy, even if the stuffy adult world tells him the same thing. Cloak & Dagger is fun because it is serious about murder, with cold Hitchcockian touches that don't suggest the kids will make it out alive. The movie gets bad whenever other little touches make it seem like a Disney TV movie.

The screenplay seems to suggest that these events could all be his fantasy taken too far, and then not follow through with this idea (which would have given us an ending like Total Recall's), because that might be too frightening a possibility for a younger audience.

Robert Rodriguez or M. Night S. should remake it or maybe that's too obvious.
October 10, 2010
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