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Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

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Jack
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Pendragon
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Garna
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Imp
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Sigurd
Dayton Lummis ...
King Mark
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Lady Constance
Roger Mobley ...
Peter
Robert Gist ...
Scottish Captain
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Chancellor
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Boatswain
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Herrscher von Cornwall  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This would be the final film for Charles Gemora. For this, as well as the other films in his final years, he worked behind the camera as a make-up artist. See more »

Goofs

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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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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The Irish Washerwoman
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Little Gem
22 May 2004 | by (Stoke-on-Trent, England) – See all my reviews

Recently reminded of this little gem after visiting its origins in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. Loved this film as a kid. The attack on the ship was especially effective (I recall it being quite scary when I first saw it). The fact that there were 'scary' elements probably set it apart from the likes of the Sinbad and Jason films, and I guess this is this reason why its my favourite film of its genre and age. Admittedly the effects may look a little ropey nowadays but that doesn't get in the way of a very entertaining film. As much as I enjoyed it though, I can't help but admit that I wouldn't mind someone having a stab at a remake (this version will always be there if it goes pear shaped)


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