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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 ...
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 ...
Chancellor
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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| (re-release) (musical)

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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This was producer Edward Small's attempt to cash in on the huge success of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). He even hired the same director (Nathan Juran), hero (Kerwin Mathews) and villain (Torin Thatcher). See more »

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When the Kraken appears and nears the two-headed giant, for a brief moment its metal supports appear on-screen. 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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DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN

Jack The Giant Killer is a unique film in its own right. Personally, I think it is a far nicer film than The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (although I still have fond memories of that film, rest assured)and its one that I enjoy watching again and again and again. All the cast (Kerwin Matthews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher, Anna-Lee, Walter Burke, Don Beddoes, et al) give fine performances and the special effects (most notably, the stop-motion animation, the cartoon-style animation) stand up well to the test of time. The story is nice and straight forward and easy to understand.

However, for me it is Judi Meredith who really made the film. The scenes where Pendragon (Torin Thatcher) uses that jewelled staff to turn her from a beautiful, kind princess into a beautiful, cold and icy witch had a real effect on me when I saw the film for the first time on BBC1 in the summer of 1976. Even more effective was when she showed Jack (Kerwin Matthews) her reflection as a wicked witch in the mirror and said "Gaze upon my true form. Am I not beautiful?" then she laughed an evil laugh! It was good that Jack managed to break the spell afterwards. On the other hand, I wish I could have seen a little more of Elaine as a witch, in this film.

I had no idea that this film was released as a musical until a few years ago. I haven't seen the musical so I cannot really comment on it. However, perhaps it's just as well as I have heard that the musical numbers are lousy. I saw the film again on Channel Four at Christmas 1997 and it was wonderful to see it again.

Jack The Giant Killer offers an enjoyable story, great action scenes, competent direction, great special effects and a professional cast. Its a must for anybody who likes fantasy films.

MATTHEW HYATT


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