Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Adventure, Fantasy  |  2 December 2001 (USA)
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The bones of a giant are discovered turing Jack Robinson's life upside down, teaching him the truth behind the fairy tale and how he can fix a greedy ancestor's mistakes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Countess Wilhelmina - Matriarch / Narrator
Thespee - Member Great Council of Mac Slec
Magog - Arbiter of Justice Great Council of Mac Slec
Jules - Jack's Secretary
Dussan - Jack's Butler
Vidas Merlinis - Research Scientist
Jack's Mum
Frank Baker ...
Forensic Doctor
Josh Cole ...
Operator 1
Curious Patron


Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally giant skeleton and a mysterious woman who claims to have once known the giant. Jack decides to go with her to another world where all is revealed to him along with the story of his ancestor, the original Jack and the Beanstalk. In order to save his own life and the world of the giants, Jack must right the wrongs of the past and return the magical harp and goose that lays the golden eggs to their rightful home. Written by Max Vaughn

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Release Date:

2 December 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Verdadeira História de João E o Pé de Feijão  »

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This was Richard Attenborough's final television acting role before his death on August 24, 2014 at the age of 90. See more »


Version of Jack and the Beanstalk (1974) See more »

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a great movie to see with the whole family
3 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Although it's a bit long this is a great movie. I've always been a fan of the Henson studio but this a real highlight. Great actors, great effects and a good adaptation of the story. Everybody knows the fairy tale but this is a very original modern-day spin off. i've already seen it twice and recommended it to most nieces and nephews. Ans they loved it too. Not to mention their parents. I think the story is a bit complex for the under age 8 group but they won't be bored with the effects. Matthew Modine (one of my favorites ever since I've seen him in HBO's "and the and played on") really makes the most out of the character. But there are more stars in this one. i've already bought the DVD and will probably watch it again. 4,5 stars out of 5!!

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