In “Mazes And Monsters,” A Young Tom Hanks Plays Fantasy Role-Playing Games In An Abandoned Cavern

March 15, 2017 — It’s fantasy role playing, taken to an extreme.

Four college friends, Robbie (2-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump), Daniel (David Wallace), Jay Jay (Chris Makepeace, Meatballs) and Kate (Wendy Crewson, Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, At the End of the Day), decide to invade a series of abandoned caverns to play their favorite fantasy game, Mazes and Monsters.

They are somewhat maladjusted, a bit nerdy and under the spell of the game. But suddenly Jay Jay comes up with the idea that they should embody their characters, and actually act them out in the caves that have been shuttered for safety reasons.

Soon, however, Robbie’s embodiment of his avatar, the holy man Pardieu, becomes obsessive — he beings to lose his real persona, adopting instead, that of his character’s.

A side trip to New York City in the guise of his new persona sends Robbie into a series of dangerous situations.

Mazes And Monsters is one of the “Before They Were Famous” films of the young Tom Hanks, who had not yet broken through with the romantic blockbuster Splash.

Stream Mazes and Monsters on Amazon Video.

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