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Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

G  |   |  Fantasy, Family, Adventure  |  13 June 1962 (USA)
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A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

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Complete credited cast:
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Jack
Judi Meredith ...
Princess Elaine
Torin Thatcher ...
Pendragon
Walter Burke ...
Garna
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Imp
Barry Kelley ...
Sigurd
Dayton Lummis ...
King Mark
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Lady Constance
Roger Mobley ...
Peter
Robert Gist ...
Scottish Captain
Tudor Owen ...
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Ken Mayer ...
Boatswain
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The terrible and trecherous Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by getting the king to abdicate and to marry his lovely daughter. To help him he has his dreadful witches in his castle and his almost unstoppable sorcery. A giant under his control abducts the princess, but on the way home with her the giant meets farming lad Jack who slays him. This is only the beginning. Be assured Pendragon and his evil magic are far from done. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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A pretty princess. An evil sorcerer. A hero for the ages. See more »


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13 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Der Herrscher von Cornwall  »

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1.66 : 1
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The film was unreleased in the UK until 1967 and then received cuts for an 'A' certificate to edit the witch attack on the ship, Princess Elaine being attacked by the giant, and Jack's fight with the dragon. See more »

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When Princess Elaine screams as Cormoran invades her bedchamber, modern dental fillings can be seen in the back of her mouth in close-up. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: The legend of Jack the Giant Killer was born over a thousand years ago in Cornwall, England near Land's End. There was a time when the Kingdom of Cornwall lived in fear and trembling of the Black Prince Pendragon - master of witches, giants and hobgoblins - who ravaged the land. But at long last Herla the Wizard drove Pendragon and his witches from the kingdom and exiled them beyond the reaches of the known world. Here on a misty isle, uncharted and unknown, Pendragon schemed and ...
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Fabulous Visuals
27 May 2004 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

The story line is familiar and, yes, it does seem to be a hodge-podge of a variety of legends and myths, but what's to complain about? Many films borrow from a host of differing source material, often with surprisingly good results.

One very important comment about the animation-- If you're the type that poo-poo's anything less than 21st century computer generated effects, then stick to films made after 2000 and stop knocking 40-year old films because their special effects aren't the same as you saw in "Independence Day". That's like knocking a '63 Corvette because it won't take you to the Moon.

Frankly, I thought the fiery and colorful animation sequences were sort of pre-psychedelic-era psychedelia (if I may coin a phrase). I was pleasantly surprised by the almost bizarre look of it all, and felt a keen sense of having 'discovered' a lost treasure. As an avid film buff, with thousands of titles in my film library (both VHS & DVD), I'm quite aware that there are always new (to me) films to be discovered, regardless of how long ago they were made.

And-- yes, after seeing this film on cable a few months ago, I purchased the DVD for my collection. I rated this film 9- almost entirely for it's visual impact.

Highly recommended viewing.


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