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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 Countess Wilhelmina - Matriarch / ... (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Ondine (2 episodes, 2001)
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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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 Vidas Merlinis - Research Scientist (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Forensic Doctor (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Dr. Newman (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Hag Woman (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Mr. Sprague - Head of Security (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Miss Gilgin (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Jack aged 6 (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Newsreader (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Galaga (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Bran - Thunderdell's Son (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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 Hall Cryer (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Taxi Driver (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Dad at Playground (2 episodes, 2001)
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 Ragnar, Executioner (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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This Time...It's No Fairy Tale. See more »


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A Verdadeira História de João E o Pé de Feijão  »

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When Jack visits Stoker's Pub, the curling match taking place on the TV in the background is the final from the 2000 World Curling Championships which was held in Glasgow, Scotland. The match was between the team skipped by Peja Lindholm of Sweden, and the eventual winner Greg McAulay of Canada. See more »

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Wonderful And Magical
5 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never thought twice about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but this movie does answer some dangling plot points such as where the beans came from and a closer look into Jack's character. Matthew Modine, Mia Sara, John Voight and all the class give wonderful performances highlighted by a believable story into the realm of beings who probably were the gods of ancient myth. Wonderful and ironic casting choices abound; Mia Sara from the fantasy "Legend" turns up in this fantasy as does Darryl Hannah playing another sort of giant after doing the "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman" remake. The movie for me also proves just how much history or legends can be based on lies or the personal perceptions of others. The whole fantasy has a charming and intelligent telling in it as modern day Jack learns the far-fetched truth of his ancestry and his connections to an ancient myth. Someone obviously did their research searching the origins of this tale and linking it to believable characters and events. i only wished i had taped it because I'd love to see it again!


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