Cloak and Dagger – Filtered

Theatrical Release: August 10, 1984
DVD Release: November 23, 2004


Eleven-year-old Davey, whose mother is dead and whose father is preoccupied with his own problems, has retreated into a world of video games and an imaginary hero-pal, the swashbuckling superspy Jack Flack. When an FBI agent about to be murdered slips him a video cartridge containing top-secret data, Davey is suddenly plunged into the intrigue and danger of real-life espionage. No adult believes his story, so he must run a gauntlet of violence and villainy aided only by a younger girl and the encouragement of “Jack Flack” at his side. How long can a comic-book role model guide him through this encounter with reality?

Dove Review

In the style of many mid-eighties children’s films such as “Little Monsters” and “E.T”, “Cloak and Dagger” is full of adventure from the beginning of the film to the end. Davey Osborne (Henry Thomas) goes on an adventure with his imaginary hero Jack Flack (Dabney Coleman) in an effort to save secret government plans from being delivered into enemy hands in the form of a video game cartridge. Although there is a great deal of gun slinging in the film I still believe it is acceptable per Dove standards. Davey sees a man shot right before he is handed the secret plans and is chased through the building, through his house, and through the busy streets. Guns are primarily the weapon of the bad guy in the movie and although Davey uses one in the very end, it is only because his life is being threatened and it is apparent that he has no other choice. Jack Flack is also shot a bit, but since he is an imaginary friend I figured a smidgen of blood here or there was all right; there certainly wasn’t any graphic bleeding. Overall, the adventure and excitement of the mind of Davey makes this film a good pick for a family night, and although some of the themes may be considered a bit on the violent side, it’s all easy to relate to and understandable. Dove gives this one a twelve and up rating, but if an adult were around to explain some more why it is that things happened the way they did, it easily is watchable by ages eight and up.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Mild action violence including gun fire and an explosion. A man is shot but it isn't shown, and another man is shot and dies, but it isn't graphic. Lastly the imaginary friend and the 'bad guy' are both shot.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Tom Holland
Producer: Allan Carr
Genre: Action
Runtime: 101 min.
Reviewer: Nick Lavelle