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Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

A farmboy turned knight must protect a princess from the schemes of an evil wizard.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (screenplay), Nathan Juran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kerwin Mathews ... Jack
Judi Meredith ... Princess Elaine
Torin Thatcher ... Pendragon
Walter Burke ... Garna
Don Beddoe ... Imp
Barry Kelley ... Sigurd
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... King Mark
Anna Lee ... Lady Constance
Roger Mobley ... Peter
Robert Gist ... Scottish Captain
Tudor Owen ... Chancellor
Ken Mayer ... Boatswain
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Storyline

The terrible and trecherous Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by getting the king to abdicate and to marry his lovely daughter. To help him he has his dreadful witches in his castle and his almost unstoppable sorcery. A giant under his control abducts the princess, but on the way home with her the giant meets farming lad Jack who slays him. This is only the beginning. Be assured Pendragon and his evil magic are far from done. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

A pretty princess. An evil sorcerer. A hero for the ages. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herrscher von Cornwall See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) (musical)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was unreleased in the UK until 1967 and then received cuts for an 'A' certificate to edit the witch attack on the ship, Princess Elaine being attacked by the giant, and Jack's fight with the dragon. See more »

Goofs

While Pendragon is bewitching the princess, he mispronounces the word coven with a long O as in cove, when it should be pronounced with an "uh" sound as in oven. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: The legend of Jack the Giant Killer was born over a thousand years ago in Cornwall, England near Land's End. There was a time when the Kingdom of Cornwall lived in fear and trembling of the Black Prince Pendragon - master of witches, giants and hobgoblins - who ravished the land. But at long last Herla, the Wizard drove Pendragon and his witches from the kingdom and exiled them beyond the reaches of the known world... Here on a misty isle, uncharted and unknown, Pendragon schemed ...
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Alternate Versions

Producer Edward Small re-released this film as a musical. Songs were dubbed onto the soundtrack. Some of the footage was doctored to make it look like some of the original cast were singing rather than speaking their dialog. See more »

Connections

Featured in Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

The Irish Washerwoman
(uncredited)
Traditional
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Little Gem
22 May 2004 | by wooly_effert-1See all my reviews

Recently reminded of this little gem after visiting its origins in St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. Loved this film as a kid. The attack on the ship was especially effective (I recall it being quite scary when I first saw it). The fact that there were 'scary' elements probably set it apart from the likes of the Sinbad and Jason films, and I guess this is this reason why its my favourite film of its genre and age. Admittedly the effects may look a little ropey nowadays but that doesn't get in the way of a very entertaining film. As much as I enjoyed it though, I can't help but admit that I wouldn't mind someone having a stab at a remake (this version will always be there if it goes pear shaped)


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