Cloak & Dagger

1984 PG 1h 41m DVD

Cloak & Dagger

1984 PG 1h 41m DVD
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An imaginative, 11-year-old boy (Henry Thomas) discovers there's a sinister plot afoot to smuggle top-secret military information out of the United States inside a cassette of his favorite video game, Cloak and Dagger. Unable to convince his father (Dabney Coleman) that he's telling the truth about the enemy agents and the murder they've committed, the lad enlists help from his imaginary friend, a dashing spy named Jack Flack.
Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Nigra, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Eloy Casados, William Forsythe
Richard Franklin
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film is almost non-stop action, with lots of gunplay, many on-camera killings, and car chases, with two heroic kids frequently placed in dangerous predicaments (careening in cars; stalked, captured, and held hostage; shot at and threatened with bombs). In one scene, a boy is tricked into killing a villain. It's all make-believe, comic book violence, but it might easily be confusing or disturbing to very young viewers.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Non-stop action sequences involving an 11-year-old boy. Lots of gunplay, including the young hero shooting and killing a villain. Davey is frequently in jeopardy. He is shot at, captured, and thrown into the trunk of a car that already holds the dead body of Davey's friend. He's stalked, chased, and threatened with a bomb and a large knife. Davey's pal, a little girl, is held hostage and threatened as well. A scientist is shot in the neck with a poisoned dart.


A few strong words: "crap," "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Social Behavior

No matter how earnest or desperate Davey appears, it's impossible for him to get most adults to believe him when he expresses fear and asks for help. This plot element illustrates how important it is for adults (especially parents) to spend time with and listen to their chidlren.


Heavy tie-in with Atari video games -- the movie is based on an Atari game by the same name (which no longer exists). Other products seen or mentioned: Twinkies, Caravello watches, Southwest, Minute Maid.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A few peripheral characters are seen smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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