I remember not knowing what to make of this movie when it came out in 1982. It was a smaller film with a light touch in an era when big budget spectaculars were becoming the rage. So despite the magic and escape connection, I wasn't all that interested. But I did love the poster! (I still have my original.) I also recall having the paperback novelization.
However, when I finally saw the movie years later on DVD, I realized I had missed a gem. I also saw that some magic heavyweights worked on the film (which was shot in 1980), such as Ricky Jay, Mark Wilson, Bill Liles, Steve Baker, and John Gaughan.