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Retro-review: Guess which David Bowie classic turns 25 this week?




THE MOVIE: It's Labyrinth, of course. The photo of Jareth should have given it away. Released on June 27, 1986, this was the final feature film for director Jim Henson. Though many children of the '80s may not have known David Bowie before this flick, the actor/singer had already compiled nearly a dozen screen credits before Labyrinth. It wasn't even the debut for Jennifer Connelly, who had four previous credits.

THE PLOT: Mopey teenager 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. You know. Your standard goblin rom-com.

MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: Despite its less than glowing reception by critics, Labyrinth has become a cult film. Since 1997, an annual two-day masquerade ball called the Labyrinth of Jareth has been held in Hollywood, where fans come dressed in costumes inspired by the film. This year's festival is July 1-2.

SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: The sources of the characters can be seen in Sarah's bedroom at the beginning of the movie. She has a stuffed animal that looks like Sir Didymus on her dresser, a doll that looks like Ludo on the shelves next to her door, a Firey doll on a shelves next to her bed, bookends with with Goblins reminiscent of Hoggle on her dresser, and figurine of Jareth on the right hand side of her desk.

WHAT CRITICS SAID: "The movie is an impressive production that is often good to look at. Some real thought went into it and the David Bowie soundtrack is fine, yet there's something missing. It never really comes alive." - Roger Ebert.

WHY WE LOVE IT ANYWAY: Muppets + Bowie = Total bliss.


5. "It's a crystal. Nothing more. But if you turn it this way and look into it, it will show you your dreams."

4. "I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave."

3. "Your eyes can be so cruel, just as I can be so cruel."

2. "Everything I've done, I've done for you. I move the stars for no one."

1. "It's only forever, not long at all."


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