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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1.33 : 1
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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 Jakku to mame no ki (1989) See more »

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Very entertaining
25 April 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw Jack and the Beanstalk:The Real Story on the SyFy Channel, and I wasn't expecting much. But it was actually very entertaining, while a tad too long and Jon Voight did have an accent and mannerisms that did fall flat sometimes, it did have a lot of good points. The characters are engaging, with only Siggy being written clumsily more in how he was developed rather than the lines. The production values are colourful and enchanting in their look, there is some quirky writing and the story is as magical as can be. The pace is very brisk mostly with only the last thirty minutes or so feeling as though it was meandering, and the acting is mostly above decent with Jack being a likable hero and Vanessa Redgrave coming off best. Overall, fun and entertaining. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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