You might recall this movie as that time the kid from E.T. got chased by spies, and something or other involving an Atari game of the same name. Cloak & Dagger is a 1984 kid-centric, spy-themed movie that stars Henry Thomas (who played Elliott in E.T: The Extra Terrestrial and is really good at crying) and Dabney Coleman , who I’m sure needs no introduction (but for some reason I feel the need to point out I will forever associate him with the short-lived early 90’s sitcom, Drexell’s Class.)

Cloak & Dagger (1984) Poster

As far as lesser-known, underrated kid movies from the 1980s go, you’d be hard-pressed to find one with as cool a plot as Cloak & Dagger.

11-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?

[source: IMDB]

(I know it’s kind of a cop-out to simply copy & paste the description from IMDB and not do my own full review, but here it is after midnight on a Sunday night, and I’m punching the clock to get this post done on time. It’s been a helluva week.)

Awesome kid spy stuff aside, I love this movie because of its obvious ties to video game pop culture, and that it’s like a cinematic time capsule of vintage 80’s electronics. I mean, look how huge those walkie talkies are! And I really like Henry Thomas as an actor too.

To make up for my lack of review, here’s a crap ton of screenshots for you:

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

And here’s one last screenshot of Dabney Coleman doing that whole “cool guys don’t look at explosions” thing.

Cloak & Dagger (1984)

Jack Flack always escapes!

Wondering what this is all about? This week’s assignment from The League of Extraordinary Bloggers was a single, cryptic word: “spies.” Here’s how some of my fellow Leaguers interpreted this obviously secret message: