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.
You can read more about the movie on its 40th at Travalanche. It's also still available on DVD and streaming and I would certainly recommend a watch.
It was on one of the UK channels recently. I recorded it but haven't got round to viewing yet! - Dave Paterson .ReplyDelete
Watched it last night for the first time and loved it.ReplyDelete
It can also be seen on youtube.ReplyDelete