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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians, befriends human like bugs who live inside a giant peach, who take the boy on a journey to New York City.

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Grasshopper (voice)
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Centipede (voice)
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Ladybug (voice)
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Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
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Spider (voice)
Paul Terry ...
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Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
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James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin ...
Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
Reporter #3
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Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)
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Storyline

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Adventures this big don't grow on trees. See more »


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Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,378 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$28,934,758 (USA)
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Miriam Margolyes (Sponge) and David Thewlis (Earthworm) both appeared in the Harry Potter film series, as Professors Sprout and Lupin respectively. See more »

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When they finally realize they can eat the peach, when Spider tosses her peach juice up and backward at Centipede, you can briefly see the wire the animators used to guide the splash. See more »

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James: Excuse me, sir, can you tell me where the Empire State Building is?
Hard Hat Man: You're on top of it, kid.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy (1997) See more »

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And Now The Weather Forecast: Rhino Has A Giant Cold...
27 November 2004 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

What a pleasant feel good film this little gem is !

After the sugar and sweet opening, including a hair raising song in the very worst Disney Style, Burton and Dahl break in and off we go, on an adventure that is fun and cheeky and in which not all the sharp edges have been blunted, thank Goodness.

Before we can go on a journey with the Giant Peach however, first Little James have to be orphaned. And he is, in a matter of fact voice-over that makes for a surprise element here. A bold way to get the plot in motion, and it works ! Many keep on wandering what or who that rhino was, that took the life of the parents just like that, on a whim. Well, anybody can be swept away by the rhino in the sky, or so the nasty aunties will have you believe anyway...

The visuals are stunning, the dialogues are bubbling fizzing electrical fun and brought wonderfully and lovingly by a great cast, and direction is clear cut, sharp and focused.

A lovely film, that makes you wonder what is Selnick & Burton and what's genuine Roald Dahl.

A splendid film that makes you go out and want to read a great book (again). What more can we possibly ask of a peach?

Hmmm, well ... about that Rhino in the stormy clouds ... Maybe ... If it's based in Britain, couldn't we tempt it to take a holiday somewhere in, say, Bora Bora or the Halls of Montezuma ? The English are quite accustomed to their climate, but their rhino gives us, here in the Lowlands, more than our share of rain and sleet too !!!


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