Not to be confused with the trope CloakAndDagger or the superhero duo Comicbook/CloakAndDagger, ''Cloak & Dagger'' is a 1980s-era video game tie-in movie.

Davey is a young boy with a vivid imagination. He pretends to be a ''Film/JamesBond''-esque superspy named Jack Flack in games with other kids, and likes to imagine that Jack is standing beside him in daily life.

One day, Davey is on a fire escape while playing a spy-game with his friend Kim and happens to see a real FBI agent being threatened by a few bad guys. The FBI agent flees, and tries to make it down the fire escape where Davey is playing. But the agent gets shot and collapses before Davey. The agent hands Davey a cartridge for a game called ''Cloak & Dagger''. [[ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin With his dying breath]], he tells Davey to get a million points to unlock the secrets in the game.

Davey escapes with the ''Cloak & Dagger'' cartridge. With the help of his imaginary friend Jack, Davey has to keep his precious video game from falling into enemy hands, to protect the important national secrets it contains.

As in many other 80s movies, ''Cloak & Dagger'' features a non-traditional family: Davey's father is raising him, as his mother is recently deceased. But surprisingly, it [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids subverts many classic family-movie tropes]].
!!Tropes include:

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* ActingForTwo / PlayingAgainstType: Dabney Coleman plays Davey's widowed dad and Jack Flack, and unusually he ''isn't'' cast as an asshole in either role.
* AdultsAreUseless: Davey's father, the police, and several other characters refuse to believe Davey and will not help him in any way. [[spoiler: Even the grandparent-like elderly couple who help Davey escape the {{Mooks}} turn out to be EvilOldFolks.]]
%%* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
* DeadlyDodging: Jack Flack tells Davey to use the "Crossfire Gambit" when he's being pursued by two armed men. He hides under a bridge, and lets the first one pass, then jumps out and runs right past the surprised mook, while the other one fires...right into the mook.
* EvilOldFolks: George and Eunice [=MacCready=] seem to be grandparent-like figures who are among the few to believe Davey's story. However, they are actually enforcers working for the spies whom Davey is trying to escape, and in the film's climax, they kidnap him at gunpoint and commandeer a plane to flee the country.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Jack gives Davey really dumb advice: run across gunfire, run through traffic, steal things, [[spoiler: and overcome his nonviolence so he can shoot at the bad guys]]. Even more oddly, [[spoiler: it works out well for Davey every time.]]
* FakinMacGuffin: After the bad guys witness Davey getting the cartridge, and fail to capture him at his home the next day, they kidnap his next-door neighbor and invoke a HostageForMacGuffin scenario. Jack Flack tells Davey not to play along, and instead tells him to steal a normal Cloak & Dagger cartridge to use for the trade instead. The bad guys figure it out very quickly, as a sticker on the back of the cartridge gives it away.
* FictionalVideoGame: Averted. The ''Cloak and Dagger'' video game existed in Atari 2600 and Arcade versions. The version shown in the movie uses the arcade screens and is depicted as being played on the Atari 5200, a planned release which was forestalled by the Great Videogame Crash.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: The FBI agent who is gunned down gives Davey the ''Cloak & Dagger'' video game cartridge containing important national secrets just before dying.
* ImaginaryFriend: Jack Flack is Davey's companion through most of the film, but only exists in Davey's imagination.
* {{MacGuffin}}: The video game cartridge.
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* OutOfTheInferno: At the end of the film, the plane the [=MacCreadys=] have commandeered and which [[spoiler:Davey's father, Hal,]] has volunteered to pilot is blown up by the bomb which Davey stopped from being used to kill Kim. However, [[spoiler:Hal]] emerges from the fireball unharmed.
* ParentalSubstitute: Davey's military air traffic controller father doesn't spend much time with him due to work commitments, so Davey has invented Jack Flack as a replacement father figure.
* RedRightHand: The old lady's hand with only three fingers.
%%* StockScream
* ToThePain: When Rice has Davey cornered, he boasts that while he could turn Davey into hamburger in about three seconds with the machine gun, he'd rather start with [[KneeCapping shooting him in the kneecaps]]...