Cloak & Dagger (1984)
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Movie InfoWhen he overhears two spies plotting to smuggle secrets out of the U.S., a young boy cannot get anyone to pay his story any mind. He's got a history of telling lies. When nothing he tries works, he goes after the spies himself with the help of friends from school.
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Critic Reviews for Cloak & Dagger
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).
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.
For a movie so obsessed with the line between reality and make-believe, it never knows which side it wants to be on.
A film with much to recommend it, Cloak and Dagger feels like a Hitchcock movie produced by Walt Disney.
So-so Dabney Coleman kid fantasy-adventure yarn.
The great Dabney Coleman in TWO different roles? All right!
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 StarsMore
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.
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.
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