(Mazes and Monsters)
1982, regia di Steven Hilliard Stern
Scheda: Nazione: USA - Produzione: McDermott Productions, PGP (Procter & Gamble Productions) - Distribuzione: CBS Television, 905 Entertainment, Lorimar, Warner Home Video - Soggetto: da un romanzo di Rona Jaffe - Sceneggiatura: Tom Lazarus - Fotografia: Laszlo George - Montaggio: Bill Parker - Art Direction: Trevor Williams - Musiche: Hagood Hardy, Judith Lander - Formato: Color, film tv - Durata: 95' (120').
Cast: Tom Hanks, Chris Makepeace, David Wallace, Wendy Crewson, Susan Strasberg, Jim Bearden, Lloyd Bochner, Peter Donat, Eric Fink, Anne Francis, Kevin Peter Hall, Murray Hamilton, Tom Harvey, Clark Johnson, Vera Miles, James O'Regan, Angelo Rizacos, Louise Sorel, Chris Wiggins.
Trama e commenti: film.spettacolo.alice.it - ibs.it - film-dvd.dvd.it - musicafilm.it - webster.it - film.tv.it: «Quattro ragazzi, compagni di college, diventano protagonisti di uno strano gioco che, avventurosamente, li proietta in un Medioevo magico e fantastico. Il gioco in questione esiste davvero: si tratta di "Dungeons and Dragons" e da anni è un autentico cult per gli appassionati del role-playing di tutto il mondo. Nel cast, il giovane Tom Hanks e la partecipazione di Susan Strasberg».
Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - nytimes.com - rottentomatoes.com - allmovie.com - rpg.net - ironicconsumer.com - zelluloid.de - movierevie.ws - blogcritics.org - en.wikipedia.org: «The movie opens with a scene that is repeated later in the film in which a reporter meets with police searching a cavern. He is told a Mazes and Monsters game got out of hand. Robbie Wheeling (Hanks) starts college at the fictional "Grant University" and soon develops a group of friends, all of whom have their own personal problems and issues. JayJay feels marginalized by his mother who constantly redecorates his room, Kate has had a series of failed relationships, Daniel's parents reject his dream of becoming a video game designer, and Robbie's alcoholic mother and strict father fight constantly and he is still tormented by the mysterious disappearance of his brother Hall. They are fans of a game called "Mazes and Monsters," a Dungeons and Dragons inspired game that had previously caused Robbie to flunk out of his last school when he became too obsessed with it. Though he is reluctant, the other three students convince him to start playing again with them. Through the course of playing the game, Robbie and Kate begin a serious relationship, in which he confides in her that he still has nightmares about his missing brother. Eventually, JayJay, upset by feeling left out by his friends, decides to commit suicide in a local cavern. In the process of planning it out, he changes his mind and decides the cavern would be better suited to a new Mazes and Monsters campaign. He dramatically kills off his character to force them to start a new campaign, in which he describes they will be living out their fantasy. ...».
Approfondimenti: Movie Review
Conosciuto anche con i titoli: Labirinti e mostri; Labyrinth der Moster; Dungeons and Dragons.