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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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Jack
Judi Meredith ...
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 ...
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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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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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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WHEN THE WORLD SEEMED A SIMPLER PLACE.
18 July 1999 | by (CARDIFF) – See all my reviews

This glorious fantasy swashbuckler is one of the greatest movies of its type ever made.From the storybook opening with its evocative score and narration to Jack's final thrilling battle with Pendragon,this terrific evocation of a time that never was but should have been does not let up for a single second.As in his role as Sinbad,Kerwin Mathews seemed born to play the role of an heroic adventurer and brings an appealing integrity to his acting which was often evident in other performances by this criminally under-rated performer. The stop motion effects may seem somewhat awkward to modern eyes but this movie was made at a time when the world seemed a simpler place and its world of princesses,magicians,giants and dragons is beautifully realised.The film was considered intensely scary by British namby pamby censors and did not open until 1968.By then,we had already seen "JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS", "FIRST MEN IN THE MOON" and other Harryhausen efforts but "JACK" is as good as or better than any of these and no childhood should be allowed to elapse without at least one viewing of Jim Danforth's masterpiece.Eat your heart out George Lucas for you never have and never will equal the fabulous " JACK THE GIANT KILLER"


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