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Bridge to Terabithia (1985)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Family | Fantasy  -  4 February 1985 (USA)
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Jess Aarons and new girl Leslie Burke create a world of their own and call it Terabithia and pretend to be the king and queen. They return to their magical kingdom every day after school.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Coutts ...
Julie Beaulieu ...
Gloria Carlin ...
Tom Heaton ...
Peter Dvorsky ...
Darlene Bradley ...
Sharon Alexander ...
Brenda Aarons (as Sharon Holownia)
Jennifer Matichuk ...
Tyler Popp ...
Bridget Ryan ...
Asaph Fipke ...
Earle Watson
Paul McGaffey ...
Cathy Wenschlag ...
Puppy Girl
Anthony Mandler ...
Puppy Boy


Jess Aarons and new girl Leslie Burke create a world of their own and call it Terabithia and pretend to be the king and queen. They return to their magical kingdom every day after school. Written by Adam Carpenter <>

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Puente a Terabitia  »

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David Paterson, who was the real-life inspiration for the character of Jess Aarons, the son of Katherine Paterson (author of the original book), and producer and screenwriter for the remake Bridge to Terabithia (2007), referred to this version as being "like the crazy cousin that nobody talks about" and went on to say that "no one on our side was either involved with it or happy with the final product". See more »


[first lines]
Jesse Oliver Aarons, Jr.: On your mark. Get set. Go!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Penny-Wiseguys (2012) See more »

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Average made-for-TV movie
7 November 2004 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

I am a fifth grade language arts teacher, and after we read this book (which the students loved), then we watched the movie. They laughed out loud! Unfortunately, it's NOT a comedy! The acting was so awful, I felt like I was watching a bunch of kids in the neighborhood putting on a play. My students were mimicking the lines and making fun off and on the whole way through. I have to agree with them, at times, it was pretty bad. Still, I would show it to students again, just for fun, and to compare the film with the book. We did a Venn Diagram (teachers know what that is) afterward, to show what was the same in both and what were the differences, so there is an educational value in showing it. I noticed that another adaptation is being filmed for 2005 so we can only hope the acting will be better!

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