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Directed by Jim Henson
Produced by George Lucas
Written by Dennis Lee
Jim Henson
Terry Jones
Elaine May
Starring David Bowie
Jennifer Connelly
Toby Froud
Music by David Bowie
Trevor Jones
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by John Grover
Studio Henson Associates
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s) June 27, 1986
Running time 101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Gross revenue $12,729,917

Labyrinth is a 1986 British/American fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas, and designed by Brian Froud. Henson collaborated on the screenwriting with children's author Dennis Lee and Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones.

The film stars David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, and Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams. The plot revolves around Sarah's quest to rescue her little brother, Toby, from Jareth while trapped in an enormous otherworldly maze. Most of the other significant roles are played by puppets or by a combination of puppetry and human performance. It was shot on location in New York and at Elstree Studios and Hampstead Heath in the UK. It was the last feature film directed by Henson before his death in 1990.



Sarah Williams (Jennifer Connelly) - whose parents are divorced and whose mother is a moderately famous actress - is a 15-year-old girl who loves reading and acting out fairy tales. The movie opens with a scene of Sarah rehearsing lines from a book called Labyrinth in a park. While trying to remember her final line in the book, a bell rings and she realizes that she has lost track of time. She runs home to find her stepmother Irene (Shelley Thompson) waiting for her. They quarrel, and Irene leaves with Sarah's father (Christopher Malcolm) on a date. Sarah is left home to babysit her baby brother, Toby. Sarah realizes that her treasured teddy bear, Lancelot, is missing from her room. Storming into Toby's room, she finds Lancelot and yells at Toby, who then begins to cry. Sarah begins rehearsing more lines from Labyrinth, telling the story of a maiden granted special powers by the King of Goblins. According to the story, the girl could no longer stand the baby's cries and wishes for goblins to take away her screaming baby brother. As she ends the story and turns off the light, she remarks, "I wish the goblins would come and take you away. Right now." Toby suddenly stops crying. Worried, Sarah enters his room to find that Toby has vanished.

A barn owl flies through the open bedroom window and transforms into Jareth, the King of Goblins (David Bowie). He tells her that he has taken the baby as she wished. Realizing what she has done, Sarah begs for the return of her brother. Jareth tells her that if she can solve his great maze, known as the Labyrinth within thirteen hours, she can have Toby back. If she cannot, he will turn Toby into a goblin and keep him forever.

The Labyrinth is not a simple maze; the pathways and openings in the walls of the maze change at intervals and are riddled with logic puzzles and tests. At its entrance, Sarah finds Hoggle, a curmudgeonly dwarf, spraying fairies with a solution to kill them. She bribes him with plastic jewelry to lead her through the maze. Although he helps Sarah, it is later revealed that he is deployed by Jareth. Sarah's other companions are acquired along the way. Sir Didymus is a chivalrous, fox-like knight who rides a sheepdog called Ambrosius, lives near the Bog of Eternal Stench, and guards a bridge to uphold a sacred oath. Ludo, a giant, furry, gentle beast she rescues from some of Jareth's goblins, has the unique ability to summon boulders by howling.

Sarah and her friends experience a variety of adventures, including a stop at the Four Guards, where she must solve a Raymond Smullyan-inspired Knights and Knaves logic puzzle to avoid certain death; an encounter with detachable-limbed revelers known as "The Fire Gang", who try to remove Sarah's head; a detour through the Bog of Eternal Stench; a junkyard-like recreation of her own bedroom; and a hallucinogen-induced masquerade ball. There, Jareth attempts to keep her until the thirteenth hour by dancing with her. She wakes from this illusion and continues into his castle beyond the goblin city with barely enough time to spare.

The film climaxes in Jareth's multi-dimensional, M. C. Escher-inspired castle, wherein he makes a final appeal for her to abandon her quest and stay with him. She defeats him by reciting her monologue from the beginning of the movie, including the final line that Sarah had been having difficulty remembering: "You have no power over me!" The room crumbles away, and Sarah finds herself in the front hall of her home as the clock strikes midnight and the owl Jareth flies away.

Sarah gives Toby her beloved Lancelot, then returns to her room. As Sarah clears her dressing table, she seems confused about whether she has undergone the turning point in her life between childhood and adulthood. Hoggle appears, along with Ludo and Sir Didymus, as images in the mirror. They seem to be bidding her goodbye as she leaves behind the fantasies of childhood, but remind her that they will still be available "should you need us." Sarah insists she needs them, and will need them every now and then throughout her life, and her friends appear in her bedroom. The film closes as Sarah and the creatures celebrate in her room. Outside, the owl Jareth watches the party and then flies away into the night.

Cast of characters

Many of the fantasy characters in the film appear as various toys and figurines in Sarah's room.

  • Jennifer Connelly as Sarah Williams: An imaginative 15-year-old with a love of fantasy and fairy tales and the protagonist of the film. Although she briefly wishes for Toby to be taken away, she feels immediately guilty and asks for his return. She is dedicated to her quest for that return, very attached to her friends, and courageous when another is threatened. She resists Jareth's affections in order to fulfill her quest. Sarah herself appears as a figurine in her own room, represented in inanimate form by the music box of a girl standing in a crystal gazebo, wearing the dress from the ballroom sequence, which can be seen on the right-hand side of her desk along with the figure of Jareth (see below); also, there is a poster of an M. C. Escher staircase on her wall, representing the staircase in the Labyrinth. Other foreshadowed characters visible in Sarah's room are a stuffed Ludo doll, a Firey doll, a Sir Didymus doll, a Hoggle bookend, and a poster reminiscent of the cleaners.[1]
David Bowie as Jareth
  • David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King: The seemingly cruel, yet handsome master of a wide kingdom of goblins, which is called the Underground. He serves as the primary antagonist of the film. Jareth is cunning, feared among the goblins, and ubiquitous throughout his fortress. He appears to be able to manipulate aspects of his world at will, creating bizarre landscapes and redirecting Sarah's journey. He is able to create, seemingly from thin air, small crystal orbs which are used to work magic. He is shown contact juggling them throughout the film; this was produced by having another actor (Michael Moschen) stand behind David Bowie and perform the juggle while organizing the picture to make it seem that only one man stood in the viewers' field of vision. Jareth is shown changing into a barn owl, in which form he appears at the beginning and end of the film. Over the course of the film, Jareth appears to become romantically interested in Sarah, even asking her to stay in the Labyrinth as his bride. In the film's novelization, when they are in the ballroom sequence, Jareth spellbinds her with his words and tries to kiss her. More of Jareth's background and motivations are revealed in the authorized English-language manga sequel Return to Labyrinth. A figurine of Jareth can be seen on the right hand side of Sarah's desk (behind the music box), while a photograph of Sarah's mother includes David Bowie, the actor portraying Jareth.
  • Toby Froud as Toby Williams: Toby is Sarah's infant half-brother through their father. His mother is Irene Williams while Sarah's mother was Linda Williams (Sarah's father's first wife). Conceptual artist Brian Froud's infant son (also named Toby) played Toby in the film.
  • Linda Williams: Only seen in the photographs in Sarah's bedroom and mentioned in the novelization, Linda Williams is Sarah's biological mother. She is said in the novel to have been lured away by a performer who might have been Jareth's alter ego. Sarah's father later married a woman named Irene, Toby's mother.
  • Shelley Thompson as Irene Williams: A very prudish woman who believes things should be normal, proper, and acceptable. Sarah resents her, as does Toby in the manga. Never mentioned by name in the film (although fans dubbed her "Karen"), in 2006, she was named "Irene" by the Henson Company in the Return to Labyrinth manga.
  • Christopher Malcolm as Robert Williams: A somewhat one-dimensional character; he only appeared briefly in the film as Toby and Sarah's father. He is only mentioned by name in the novelization.
  • Shari Weiser (Brian Henson, voice) as Hoggle: A cowardly dwarf-goblin that works for Jareth, but becomes loyal to Sarah, thereby making him an anti-hero. Hoggle is irritated when Jareth pronounces his name wrong, which he appears to do deliberately to annoy Hoggle. There is some implication that Hoggle may have romantic feelings for Sarah; Jareth's peculiar threat to throw him into the Bog of Eternal Stench could be interpreted as evidence of jealousy. Against his own wishes, Hoggle gives Sarah a peach as a gift from Jareth, who again threatens to dump him in the Bog of Eternal Stench if he does not do so. When Sarah loses her way as a result of being induced into a deep sleep by the peach, which subsequently causes Sarah to temporarily lose her memory, Hoggle is unable to cope with his feelings of guilt and remorse, and becomes estranged from Sarah, branding himself a coward. At the entrance to the Goblin city, when Sarah, Ludo, and Sir Didymus are under attack from the guardian - a goblin in a towering suit of robotic armor, brandishing a large axe - Hoggle risks his life to save them. Hoggle is commended for his bravery by Sir Didymus and Ludo, whereupon Sarah forgives him for his earlier mistake. A bookend that looks like Hoggle can be seen in Sarah's room. The puppet used to represent him is located in the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. Along with a few other pieces from the film it was never claimed from airport baggage and is currently on display by the company.[2]
  • Ron Mueck (voice) as Ludo: A gentle creature, once called a "yeti" in the dialogue, who was tormented by goblins until Sarah rescued him. Despite his great size and strength, Ludo tends to be reluctant to enter into a confrontation with anything, and instead will issue a deep, lowing howl which summons rocks of many sizes and number to his aid; a talent which proves useful several times throughout the film. He speaks with a very limited vocabulary, often using only nouns to make his point (for example, "Sarah friend"). Ludo, unlike the conventional depiction of a yeti, has shaggy red fur, horns on his head, and a long, straight, swinging tail. A doll that resembles Ludo can be seen near the window of Sarah's room.
  • David Shaughnessy (voice) as Sir Didymus: A fox-terrier who guards The Bog of Eternal Stench. Shortly after he meets Sarah, he joins her in her quest to rescue Toby. He has a 'steed' named Ambrosius (a sheepdog identical to Sarah's own dog, Merlin), who runs from trouble. In contrast, Sir Didymus is quite fearless and frequently taunts his enemies, goading them to attack. Despite his size, he is an excellent fighter, utilizing a miniature lance and his sheer quickness to battle larger foes. A battle showed him to be an approximate match for Ludo, who is many times his size, in solo combat. He is shown 'adopting' Ludo as a foster-brother. There is a stuffed animal that looks like Sir Didymus on Sarah's shelf.
  • Percy Edwards (voice) as Ambrosius. Sir Didymus' loyal sheepdog-steed. Unlike his courageous master, Ambrosius is a coward and generally runs from trouble, but stops short of abandoning Didymus altogether. Ambrosius is in most respects identical to Sarah's dog Merlin, but appears somewhat smaller.
  • Timothy Bateson (voice) as The Worm: The worm is a small, blue goblin that wears a bright red scarf, has three bright blue tufts of hair,and lives in the brick wall of the first passage of the Labyrinth. He encounters Sarah during her earliest time within the maze. When Sarah asks him "How do I get through this Labyrinth?" he mistakenly thinks she means "How do I get out of this Labyrinth?" unaware that she wants to reach the castle. He therefore sends her one way and tells her never to go the other way. Behind her back, he exasperatedly remarks, "If she had kept on going down that way she would have gone straight to that castle." This provokes viewers to think that he was deliberately misleading her. The novel version therefore changes his line to "If she'd gone the other way, she'd have walked straight into that dreadful castle."
  • Frank Oz (Sir Michael Horden, voice) as The Wiseman: This goblin encounters Sarah halfway through the Labyrinth, giving her puzzling advice and arguing with the bird-like figure that lives upon his head. His scene possesses no real significance, but serves to bring comic relief to the story and transition into a more significant piece of the story.
  • Dave Goelz (David Shaughnessy, voice) as The Wiseman's Bird Hat: Spends most of his time arguing with the Wiseman; like the Wiseman, has no real significance, but brings some comic relief to the story.
  • Karen Prell (Denise Bryer, voice) as The Junk Lady: The Junk Lady encounters Sarah after she wakes up from the dream invoked by Jareth's peach. The Junk Lady tries to distract her from her quest to find Toby, as Sarah has lost her memory after eating the peach. She leads Sarah into a junkyard-like version of her own bedroom, giving her an array of toys seen earlier in the movie to be treasured by Sarah. After reading a passage from the "Labyrinth" book, Sarah realizes that the Junk Lady is not real, but an illusion created by Jareth- and that the former treasures of her selfish childhood are not important to her anymore, but merely "junk" compared to the importance of her friends and Toby. She then remembers everything, and discards the toys, at which point the room and the Junk Lady both disappear. Sarah is immediately reunited with Ludo, Sir Didymus, and Ambrosius.
  • Warwick Davis as Goblin Corps.
  • Anthony Jackson, Douglas Blackwell, David Shaughnessy and Timothy Bateson (voices) as The Four Guards: These sets of guards, two behind red and blue matching coats of arms involve Sarah in a logic puzzle where of the four, the two she has to ask one question for one of them. The two warn that one of them always tell the truth and the other will always lie. The wrong answer leading her to "certain death".
  • Robert Beatty and Anthony Asbury (voices) as Right and Left Door Knockers: A dynamic duo literally living upon a set of doors. One has a knocker ring in his ears; the other in his mouth. Therefore one can hardly speak and the other can hardly hear, making them a form of irony. These characters' behaviors are patterned after The Muppet Show duo Statler and Waldorf.
  • Kevin Clash, Charles Augins, Danny John-Jules, Richard Bodkin (voices) as Firey 1-5: The Fireys (also called the Fire Gang) are a group of wild goblins that lurk within the Labyrinth's forest. They have detachable body parts and sing one of the songs on the soundtrack. They come to Sarah's aid at a moment when she is lost and uncertain by inviting her to take things more lightly, though this "help" goes too far when they fail to grasp the concept that Sarah does not come into pieces as they do, and attempt to take her apart. They, along with Ludo, Hoggle, Didymus, and many other unnamed goblins, appear in Sarah's room for the final celebration. There is a doll version of a Firey (with button eyes) on Sarah's shelf.


The following songs were composed by David Bowie and performed by his character, Jareth, in the film.[3] The exception is "Chilly Down", which is performed by the Fieries (David Alan Barclay, Karen Prell, and Rob Mills), a.k.a. The Fire Gang.

Bowie admits in the 1986 documentary Inside the Labyrinth[4] that he had to make baby noises during the "Magic Dance" sequence because the baby in the studio would not.

The soundtrack album was released in 1986 (the audio CD in 1989), with 12 tracks.[5]


Box office

The film turned out to be a box office failure. The film grossed only $12,729,917 from ticket sales under its $25 million budget.[6]

A 35mm reissue of the Labyrinth was shown at various theaters in the Landmark Theaters chain, beginning with a run from July 27, 2007 to August 2, 2007 in San Francisco, California.[7]

Cult reception

Labyrinth has, over the years, become a cult classic.[8] Bowie's Jareth character and the opening lines of "Magic Dance"("You remind me of the babe!" "What babe?") have become well known in popular culture.[citation needed] In recent years various toys and other merchandise have been produced, including an action figure of Jareth that came to stores in May 2007.[9]

In other media

Cover of Jim Henson's Return to Labyrinth 1 (Aug, 2006). Art by Kouyu Shurei.

The film was novelized by A.C.H. Smith as Labyrinth: A Novel. It is currently out of print, and the few copies available have prices in the region of US$30 to US$150.[citation needed]

Marvel Comics produced a three-issue comic book adaptation, which was also printed in a single volume as Marvel Super Special #40.

The soundtrack album Labyrinth includes much of Trevor Jones's score, including "Into the Labyrinth", "Sarah", "Hallucination", "The Goblin Battle", "Thirteen O'Clock" and "Home at Last", and David Bowie's five songs, "Magic Dance" (also credited as "Dance Magic"), "Chilly Down", "As the World Falls Down", "Within You", and the single released for the film, "Underground". A single for "Underground" was released in 1986 and included an instrumental version as well as an extended dance mix of the song.

A video game based on the film was released alongside the movie in 1986 for the Commodore 64 and Apple II. A different version was also released in Japan for the Nintendo Famicom.

A Muppet Babies episode, "Nice to Have Gnome You", features Miss Piggy in the role of Sarah for a similar plot. The episode features extensive clips taken from the movie.

Labyrinth was parodied in the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim sitcom, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, in episode 109 "Boogie, Baby, Boogie!". Also, in an episode of The Venture Bros., Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part II), the character of David Bowie transforms into a bald eagle and flies away, with Hank Venture exclaiming "The dude from Labyrinth just turned into a bird!"

The St. Louis, Missouri based band Ludo derives its name from the character.

Manga sequel

Tokyopop, in partnership with The Jim Henson Company, published a manga-style four-volume comic called Return to Labyrinth. The first volume was released August 8, 2006. It was written by Jake T. Forbes and illustrated by Chris Lie with cover art by Kouyu Shurei.[10]

It is a sequel to the film and is about Toby, the baby brother in the movie, when he has grown to be 15 years old.[11] In October 2007, Tokyopop released the second volume, Return to Labyrinth 2. In May 2009, Tokyopop released the third volume, Return to Labyrinth 3. In an afterword, editor Tim Beedle announced that the series, originally planned as a trilogy, was being extended to include a fourth volume.

Sources and inspirations

  • The filmmakers acknowledged several influences, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the works of Maurice Sendak (the plot mirrors that of his story "Outside Over There"), and M. C. Escher.
  • Many of the settings and creatures in the film were based on designs by Brian Froud, who had previously collaborated with Henson on The Dark Crystal. Froud and screenwriter Terry Jones later collaborated on the book The Goblins of Labyrinth which depicted some of the incidental creatures from the film.
  • Some of the puzzles and riddles are inspired by the logician Raymond Smullyan.
  • Some of the film's visuals including set pieces were inspired by M.C. Escher artworks. A poster of Escher's "Relativity" can be seen in Sarah's room.
  • As described in several interviews, the setting and design of the character of Jareth, as well as the many creatures featured in the film are thought to be somewhat influenced by the vivid nightmares David Bowie had as a child.
  • English singer Leona Lewis revealed that her 2010 tour will be based around her "favourite film," Labyrinth.


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From Wikiquote

Labyrinth is a 1986 film about a young girl named Sarah who, angry with being forced to babysit her little brother, Toby, wishes for the goblins to take him away. To her surprise, the goblins do, and the Goblin King, Jareth, arrives to make her an offer. In exchange for her brother, she can have her dreams, but Toby will be turned into a goblin and remain in Jareth's kingdom forever. Sarah refuses the offer and must make her way through a dangerous labyrinth to Jareth's castle and retrieve her brother before her time limit of 13 hours is up.

Directed by Jim Henson. Written by Terry Jones.
Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems. taglines



  • Give me the child. Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great... For my will is as strong as yours. My kingdom is great... Damn. Oh, I can never remember that line.
  • Once upon a time, there was a beautiful young girl whose stepmother always made her stay home with the baby. And the baby was a spoiled child, and wanted everything for himself, and the young girl was practically a slave. But what no one knew is that the king of the goblins had fallen in love with the girl, and he had given her certain powers. So one night, when the baby had been particularly cruel to her, she called on the goblins for help! "Say your right words," the goblins said..
  • I can bear it no longer! Goblin King! Goblin King! Wherever you may be, take this child of mine far away from me!
  • Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great — You have no power over me.

Jareth the Goblin King

  • Sarah, go back to your room. Play with your toys and your costumes. Forget about the baby.
  • It's a crystal. Nothing more. But if you turn it this way and look into it, it will show you your dreams. But this is not a gift for an ordinary girl, who takes care of a screaming baby.
  • You have thirteen hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us... forever. Such a pity.
  • In nine hours and twenty-three minutes, you'll be mine!
  • Nothing? Nothing? Nothing tra-la-la?!
  • What is that plastic thing 'round your wrist?
  • So, the Labyrinth's a piece of cake, is it? Well, let's see how you deal with this little slice!
  • I think I'll call him Jareth. He's got my eyes.
  • Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that child be taken, I took him. You cowered before me and I was frightening. I have reordered time, I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?
  • I ask for so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want.
  • Just fear me, love me, do as I say, and I will be your slave.
  • Well, laugh.

Other Characters

  • Stepmother: She treats me like a wicked stepmother in a fairy story, no matter what I say.
  • Worm: If she'd 'ave kept on goin' down that way she'd 'ave gone straight to that castle.
  • Hoggle: The Cleaners, the Bog of Stench -- you sure got his attention!
  • Ludo: SMELL BAD!
  • Didymus: I say, does anyone want to play a game of Scrabble?
  • Worm: Come in side, have a nice cup o' tea.
  • Bird Hat: It is so stimulating being your hat!
  • Goblin Cannon Ball: I hit zumzing? Yes? No?
  • Fiery: It's against the rules to throw other people's heads.
  •  :Didymus: You're going the wrong way! The battle's BEHIND us!
  •  :Didymus: (as Ambrosius charges out of the gates) AMBROSIUS, if you don't stop this instant, I WILL NEVER FEED YOU AGAIN! (a screeching sound is heard and Ambrosius comes back inside) There, that's better! Fear not, Ambrosius, I think we have them surrounded! (looks at the goblins surrounding him) Now, if you throw down your weapons, I'll see that you're well treated!


Jareth: Turn back, Sarah. Turn back before it's too late.
Sarah: I can't. Don't you understand that I can't?
Jareth: What a pity.

Sarah: Ow! It bit me!
Hoggle: What'd you expect fairies to do?
Sarah: I thought they did nice things, like granting wishes!
Hoggle: Huh. Shows what you know, don't it?

Hoggle: You know your problem? You take too many things for granted. Take this Labyrinth: even if you get to the centre, you'll never get out again.
Sarah: That's your opinion.
Hoggle: Well, it's a lot better than yours!
Sarah: Thanks for nothing, Hogwart.
Hoggle: [growls] It's HOGGLE, and don't say I didn't warn you!

Worm: Hallo.
Sarah: Did you say... hello?
Worm: No, I said "hallo," but that's close enough.

Worm: No! Don't go that way! Never go that way!
Sarah: Oh... thank you!
(Sarah goes in opposite direction):
Worm: If she had kept going down that way, she would've gone straight to that castle!

Sarah: What a horrible place this is! It's not fair!
Bottom Red Guard: That's right. It's not fair!
[All the guards laugh.]
Bottom Red Guard: But that's only half of it!
Sarah: This was a dead end a minute ago.
Bottom Blue Guard: No, that's the dead end behind you!
[All the guards laugh, and Sarah sees that they are right.]
Sarah: It keeps changing! What am I supposed to do?
Bottom Red Guard: The only way out of here is to try one of these doors.
Bottom Blue Guard: One of them leads to the castle at the centre of the Labyrinth, and the other one leads to...
Top Blue Guard: B-b-b-BOOM!
Bottom Blue Guard: Certain death!
All Guards: Ooooooooh!
Sarah: Which one is which?
Bottom Red Guard: Er, we can't tell you.
Sarah: Why not?
[The bottom guards think and mutter to each other.]
Bottom Red Guard: We don't know!
Bottom Blue Guard: [looks up at top guards] But they do.
Sarah: Oh. Then I'll ask them.
Top Red Guard: No. You can't ask us. You can only ask one of us.
Top Blue Guard: It's the rules, and I should warn you that one of us always tells the truth, and one of us always lies. That's the rules too. He always lies.
Top Red Guard: I do not! I tell the truth!
Top Blue Guard: Oooh, what a lie!

Sarah: Help!
Hands 1: What do you mean help? We are Helping.
Hands 2: We're Helping Hands.

Hoggle: This is an oubliette. Labyrinth's full of 'em.
Sarah: Really... how did you know that?
Hoggle: Oh, don't sound so smart! You don't even know what an oubliette is.
Sarah: Do you?
Hoggle: Yes. It's a place where you put people... to forget about 'em!

False Alarm 1: Don't go on.
False Alarm 2: Go back while you still can.
False Alarm 3: This is not the way.
False Alarm 4: Take heed, and go no further.
False Alarm 5: Beware, beware.
False Alarm 6: Soon it will be too late.
Hoggle: (to Sarah) Don't pay any attention to them. They're just False Alarms. You get a lot of them in the Labyrinth, especially when you're on the right track...
False Alarm 7: Oh, no you're not.
Hoggle: Oh, shut up!
False Alarm 7: Sorry, just doing my job.
Hoggle: Well you don't have to do it to us!
False Alarm 8: Beware, for the...
Hoggle: Just forget it!
False Alarm 8: Oh please, I haven't said it for such a long time!
Hoggle: Oh, all right, but don't expect a big reaction!
False Alarm 8: No no no, of course not! (Clears throat) "For the path you will take will lead to certain destruction." Thank you very much...

Jareth: Hello, Hedgewart.
Sarah: Hogwart.
Hoggle: HOG-GLE!

Jareth: If I thought for one second that you were betraying me, I'd be forced to suspend you head first in the Bog of Eternal Stench.
Jareth: Oh, YES, Hoggle!

Sarah: That's not fair!
Jareth: You say that so often. I wonder what your basis for comparison is.

Hoggle: You need to understand my position: I'm a coward. And Jareth scares me.
Sarah: What kind of position is that?
Hoggle: NO position! That's my point! And you wouldn't be so brave if you'd ever smelled the Bog of Eternal Stench. It's, it's...
Sarah: Is that all it does, it smells?
Hoggle: Oh, believe me, that's enough. But the worst thing is, if you so much as put a foot in the Bog of Stench, you'll smell bad for the rest of your life. It'll never wash off.

Door Knocker 1: [has his ring in his ears] IT'S VERY RUDE TO STARE!
Sarah: I'm sorry, I was just wondering which door to choose.
Knocker 1: What?
Knocker 2: [his ring is in his mouth, muffling his voice] It'th no good athking him, he'th deaf ath a...
Knocker 1: Don't talk with your mouth full!
Knocker 2: [muffled protest] I'm not talkin' with my mouth full!
Sarah: I'm sorry, I can't understand a word you're saying.
Knocker 1: What were you saying?
[Sarah pulls the ring out of the second Knocker's mouth.]
Knocker 2: Aaaah. Oooh. Um, mum. Oh, it is so good to get that thing out.
Sarah: What did you say?
Knocker 2: I said, "It's no good asking him. He's deaf as a..."
Knocker 1: Mumble, mumble, mumble. You're a wonderful conversational companion.
Knocker 1: No good. Can't hear you.

Fiery 1: Hey! Hey! Her head don't come off!
Sarah: Of course it doesn't!
Fiery 2: Hey! Where you going wit a head like that?!

Jareth: Oh dear, poor Hoghead.
Hoggle: Hoggle.
Jareth: I've just noticed that your lovely jewels are missing.
Hoggle: Uh, oh, yes! So they are. My lovely jewels. Missing. I'd better find 'em, but first, I'll take that young lady back to the beginning, just like we planned!
Jareth: Wait! I've got a much better plan, Hoggle. Give her this.
[Jareth tosses him a peach.]
Hoggle: What is it?
Jareth: It's a present.
Hoggle: Ain't gonna hurt the little lady, is it?
Jareth: Now, why the concern?
Hoggle: I won't do nothin' to harm her.
Jareth: Oh, come, come, come, Hogbrain! I'm suprised at you, losing your head over a girl.
Hoggle: I ain't lost my head!
Jareth: You don't think a young girl could like a repulsive little scab like you, do you?
Hoggle: Well, she did say we was...
Jareth: What? Bosom companions? [dangerously] Friends?
Hoggle: It don't matter.
Jareth: You'll give her that peach, Hoggle, or I'll dip you straight into the Bog of Eternal Stench before you can blink! And Hoggle, if she ever kisses you, I'll turn you into a prince.
Hoggle: Y-you will?
Jareth: Prince of the Land of Stench! [laughs]

Hoggle: What did you have to go and do a thing like that for?!
Sarah: You mean rescue you?
Hoggle: No! You kissed me!

Didymus: I have sworn with my lifeblood no one shall pass this way without my permission.
Sarah: Well... May we have your permission?
Didymus: Well I, uh... I... that is, uh... hm... yes.

Sir Didymus: My brother! Canst thou summon up the very rocks?
Ludo: Sure. Rocks friends.

Sarah: Sir Didymus, for my sake, hush!
Didymus: But of course, for thee, anything!
Sarah: Thank you.
Didymus: (following the others inside) I don't see why we're being so quiet. It's only a goblin city!

Sarah: Give me the child.
Jareth: Sarah, beware. I have been generous, up until now. But I can be cruel.
Sarah: (disbelieving) Generous? What have you done that's generous?
Jareth: Everything! Everything that you wanted, I have done! You asked that the baby be taken - I took him. You cowered before me - I was frightening. I have reordered time, I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you. I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?
Sarah: (dreamily) Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered... I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city... For my will is as strong as yours... and my kingdom-
Jareth: Stop! Wait. Look, Sarah, look what I'm offering you. (he holds out the crystal) Your dreams!
Sarah: (undeterred) And my kingdom as great...
Jareth: I ask for so little. Just let me rule you, and you can have everything that you want.
Sarah: My kingdom as great... ... damn... I can never remember that line.
Jareth: Just fear me - love me - do as I say, and I will be your slave!
Sarah: My kingdom as great... my kingdom as great... (she looks at him, inspired) You have no power over me!

Song Lyrics

  • It's only forever, it's not long at all...
  • Don't tell me truth hurts, little girl, 'cause it hurts like hell (hurts like hell, hurts like hell)...
  • Down in The Underground, you'll find someone true...
  • You remind me of the babe (what babe?) the babe with the power (what power?) the power of voodoo (who do?) you do (do what?) remind me of the babe...
  • Good times, bad food...
  • There's such a sad love deep in your eyes, a kind of pale jewel, opened and closed within your eyes, I'll place the sky within your eyes...
  • I'll paint you mornings of gold, I'll spin you Valentine evenings...
  • Everything I've done, I've done for you. I move the stars for no one...
  • Your eyes can be so cruel, just as I can be so cruel...
  • Slap that baby, make him free!
  • Life without the sunlight. Love without your heartbeat. I... I can live within you.


  • Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.
  • Where anything is possible.


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