Cloak & Dagger

Released 1984


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Richard Franklin
Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 thriller directed by Richard Franklin and starring Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman and Michael Murphy. The movie's plot focuses on an imaginative 11-year-old named Davey Osborne (Henry Thomas). Davey's mother has just died, leaving him alone with his father (Dabney Coleman), who has trouble relating to the boy. Davey is obsessed with fantasy and role-playing games and his hero is a character from his favorite game named Jack Flack. He wants to live an action-packed life like Jack Flack and he carries around a water pistol as his "gun" and a softball as his "grenade". Davey spends much of his time creating elaborate fantasies involving Jack Flack, who in Davey's mind takes the form of a more dashing version of his father. One day, a FBI agent, before he is murdered, gives Davey a video cartridge that contains top-secret data. Davey suddenly finds himself thrust into a case of real-life espionage and, since no adults believe him, he must defeat the bad guys using only his wits and the help of his imaginary hero Jack Flack.moreless

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  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The film Cloak and Dagger is like a visit to the midway; fast and noisy and a lot of unsophisticated fun. [10 Aug 1984]

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    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).

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    Cloak and Dagger does have its charms. It also has its tense moments, and an unforced sentimentality that helps it end on just the right note. And it's nicely performed. [10 Aug 19...

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Espionage, Family Dramas, Crime, Thrillers