The bones of a giant are discovered turning 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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 Thespee - Member Great Council of Mac Slec (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Magog - Arbiter of Justice Great Council of Mac Slec (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Jules - Jack's Secretary (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Young Jack (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Dussan - Jack's Butler (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Jack aged 6 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Cernos - Member of Great Council of Mac Slec (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Giant Thor - Member of Great Council of Mac Slec (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Hostess (2 episodes, 2001)
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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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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 »

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Version of Beanstalk (1994) See more »

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A colourful, exciting adventure
3 September 2011 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

This was one very entertaining watch, definitely belying its 6.8 rating on this site. For a family film, it certainly kept this adult in its spell for its entire length (3 hours). Mostly solid acting (especially from the "intense" Mia Sara), very good special sets and effects considering it was made for TV and shot 10 years ago, the pace never slows even though it does allow itself some slower, more contemplative pauses from its break-neck pace, such as the beautiful scenes of Jack (the modern one) climbing the beanstalk through a sea of clouds. The score is very good too and enhances the experience throughout. The fantasy land and inhabitants are right on the money, with a fraction of the money spent on Harry Potters et al, this one hits home.

All things considered, it is a great adaption of an age old tale, with a clever spin to it: those old tales don't always tell the truth...


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