Synopsis: Labyrinth is a 1986 British-American adventure musical fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, executive-produced by George Lucas, and based upon conceptual designs by Brian Froud. The film revolves around 15-year-old Sarah's (Jennifer Connelly) quest to reach the center of an enormous otherworldly maze to rescue her infant brother Toby, who Sarah wished away to Jareth, the Goblin King (David Bowie). With the exception of Connelly and Bowie, most of the film's significant characters are played by puppets produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min



A WHITE BIRD soaring. The sky is a glorious explosion of blue and

mauve and lavender. The setting sun washes the clouds with a delicate

pink tint. The bird swoops and spirals and we are right there with

him. Then suddenly, below us, an extraordinary sight appears.


It is the labyrinth, an enormous maze of incredible mandala like

intricacy. From our magnificent vantage point, WE ARE BARELY ABLE TO

MAKE OUT its details: the twisting walls interrupted here and there

by lush forest, the complex web of waterways, the forbidding castle

at the core. It is vast and magical, frightening and compelling at

the same time. We would love to linger, perhaps fly lower and get a

better look at this wondrous place, but the bird flies on


It is an idyllic setting, warm and inviting. The late afternoon sun

washes everything with a pink glow. Between the water and a line of

lush fruit trees is a flower-strewn glade. A FIGURE emerges from the

trees and walks toward the water. It is a YOUNG WOMAN dressed in a

flowing white dress that swirls around her in the breeze. The pink

light burnishes her hair and causes a gold circlet she wears on her

head to glow. She is breathtaking, a vision of innocence and grace.

She stops to pick a flower and then turns suddenly as if she has

heard something.

Is it you?

She takes a few hurried steps and then stops, smiling shyly

Your Highness!

The GIRL curtsies deeply and then looks up through lowered lashes,

the shy smile still dancing on her lips. And then WE PULL BACK TO

REVEAL a crown perched on a head of tight curls. WE ARE LOOKING

THROUGH the crown at the girl as she rises slowly, then looks boldly

at the PRINCE.

Do not be swayed by my pleasure at the sight of you, my lord.

For though my father, the Duke, has promised you my hand, I cannot

consent to be yours until the evil that stalks our land from highest

hill to deepest dale is ...

Suddenly the GIRL stops speaking, a look of stunned confusion on her


... from highest hill to deepest dale ... (her brow furrows in

concentration and then) Damn!

She burrows one hand into the deep sleeve of her gown and pulls out a

rolled-up soft-cover book. She rifles through the pages.

The PRINCE is not a prince at all, but a SHEEPDOG wearing a tin foil

crown. He thinks his work is over and it's time to play and he lunges

happily towards the GIRL who isn't a princess or even a duchess, but

15-year-old SARAH.

SARAH is knocked over by the playful DOG. Beneath the gown which WE

CAN NOW SEE is homemade and not very grand at all, WE SEE faded jeans

and running shoes.

Get off me, you monster!!

The DOG grabs the book out of her hand and runs away with it, hoping

to be chased. SARAH doesn't follow, she just sits up and pulls the

grass out of her tangled hair and sighs with frustration. The DOG

comes back over to SARAH, its tail wagging hopefully.

If you value your mangy life, Merlin, you'll hand it over.

The DOG obediently drops the book.


On the cover it says, _MEANDER'S QUEEN a play in three acts by Robin

Zakar_. SARAH reaches for it and we hear a clock tower begin to chime.

SARAH leaps to her feet.

Oh no, Merlin! We're really late! Why does everything have to

happen to me!!!?

MERLIN prances around her happily, his foil crown in his mouth. SARAH

pulls it out of his mouth and throws it in a nearby trash basket. He

rushes after it and peers into the basket, wanting to fetch.

It's all your fault, you miserable mutt!!

She hikes up her dress and runs into the trees. MERLIN whimpers and

tags along behind her.

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Terry Jones

Terence Graham Parry "Terry" Jones (born 1 February 1942) is a Welsh writer, actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director, presenter, poet, historian and author. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe. more…

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