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Terry Jones scripted this fairy tale fantasy in which pubescent Connelly must negotiate the myriad dangers of a mazy goblin city and cross the Bog of Eternal Stench to reclaim her baby brother from the talons of Goblin King Bowie. If the narrative's an enthusiastic assemblage of elements from the likes of Maurice Sendak and Frank L Baum, Henson's Creature Shop were on hand to provide the necessary, and rather impressive supporting cast of assorted gnomes and pixies. Still, although the film's initial energy and engaging finale are rather muffled by a mid-section that spends too much time idling in neutral, you can at least wonder at David Bowie's saddest ever haircut (no mean achievement) and bask in the pleasurable sight of an ill-tempered gnome scornfully squishing sweet little fairy creatures underfoot.

By: TJ

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday June 27 1986
Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jim Henson
Screenwriter: Terry Jones
Cast: David Bowie
Christopher Malcolm
Natalie Finland
Jennifer Connelly
Shelley Thompson
Toby Froud
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