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Jumanji (1995)

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When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Parrish
... Van Pelt / Sam Parrish
... Judy Shepherd
... Peter Shepherd
... Sarah Whittle
... Nora Shepherd
... Carl Bentley
... Carol Parrish
... Young Alan
... Young Sarah
... Exterminator
... Mrs. Thomas
Brandon Obray ... Benjamin
Cyrus Thiedeke ... Caleb
Gary Joseph Thorup ... Billy Jessup
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After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them. Written by Joshua Davis <xtnb64a@prodigy.com>

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An Adventure For Those Who Seek To Find A Way To Leave Their World Behind. See more »


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Rated PG for menacing fantasy action and some mild language | See all certifications »

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15 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Джуманджи  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,475,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,797,249
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(Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joe Johnston had reservations over casting Robin Williams because of the actor's reputation for improvisation, fearing that he wouldn't adhere to the script. However, Williams understood that it was "a tightly structured story" and generally filmed the scenes as outlined in the script, but where he was allowed to improvise (usually in scenes with Bonnie Hunt) he would often film duplicate scenes. See more »

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Reflection in the metal door when Sarah is being chased out of the Parrish home by the bats. See more »

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Alan Parrish: Don't worry. I've done this before. Once.
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Locomotive Breath
(1971)
Written by Ian Anderson
Performed by Jethro Tull
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, a division of EMI
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Action and adventure for the kids, and Robin Williams for the adults
1 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Find a comfortable chair, lay out the board, grab the dice, and get ready to play. But remember: once you start this game, you can't stop. If it takes you over twenty years to finish, finish you must.

"Jumanji" is loosely based on the Caldecott Medal-winning children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. The basic premise stays the same: a sister and brother find a strange game based on a jungle safari adventure. When they begin playing it, they find they cannot stop, for the characters and events of the game come to life and start filling their house with monkeys, lions, explorers and other strange things. Only finishing the game will make it all go away.

In the hands of Hollywood, more story is added. Now we have a game spanning 26 years, when one of the two children playing the game in 1969 gets sucked into the game itself. He's trapped there until a fresh pair of children in 1995 find the game and begin playing. The right number is rolled, and out Alan comes...as Robin Williams! Finding the grown girl to complete the group, the four must complete the game before their town is destroyed by the stampeding rhinos, killer pod vines and crazed Great White Hunter.

Robin has some good moments in this film, though he isn't allowed to riff as much as in other vehicles. He's supported by an excellent cast, including a young Kirsten Dunst as the sister of the new pair of children; Jonathan Hyde as both the 1969 father and Van Pelt, the Great White Hunter from the game; and Bebe Neuwirth as the modern children's aunt. The effects are, not surprisingly, ILM-excellent -- necessary in a film of this type. The script was co-written by Van Allsburg to insure the atmosphere of the film and book mesh, but he did not fall into the "This is MY baby" syndrome, and received good help from his two co-writers (for details, see the main page). Highly recommended for old and young alike.


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