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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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Joe Johnston

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Jonathan Hensleigh (screenplay by), Greg Taylor (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Alan Parrish
Jonathan Hyde ... Van Pelt / Sam Parrish
Kirsten Dunst ... Judy Shepherd
Bradley Pierce ... Peter Shepherd
Bonnie Hunt ... Sarah Whittle
Bebe Neuwirth ... Nora Shepherd
David Alan Grier ... Bentley
Patricia Clarkson ... Carol Parrish
Adam Hann-Byrd ... Young Alan
Laura Bell Bundy ... Young Sarah
James Handy ... Exterminator
Gillian Barber ... Mrs. Thomas
Brandon Obray Brandon Obray ... Benjamin
Cyrus Thiedeke Cyrus Thiedeke ... Caleb
Gary Joseph Thorup ... Billy Jessup
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Storyline

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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A game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jumanji See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,084,370, 17 December 1995, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,475,249

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,797,249
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Dolby Digital (Dolby Digital 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby SR (Dolby 5.1) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| SDDS (8 channels) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)| D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (D-Cinema prints) (5.1 Surround Sound) (5.1)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bradley Pierce provided the voice of Miles 'Tail' Prower, sidekick of Sonic the Hedgehog in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (1993) which is based on a video game. See more »

Goofs

When Peter comes running out of the attic after seeing the bats, there is a chair next to the door that has a sheet on it, but when Aunt Nora comes up the stairs a shot later, the sheet is gone. See more »

Quotes

Hunter Van Pelt: [leveling his gun at Alan] End of the line, Sonny Jim. Game's up. Start running.
Alan Parrish: [as Sarah runs into the room] No...
Hunter Van Pelt: Aren't you afraid?
Alan Parrish: I'm terrified. But my father says you should always face what you're afraid of.
Hunter Van Pelt: [chuckles] Good lad. You're finally acting like a man.
[aims his gun at Alan]
Hunter Van Pelt: Any last words?
Alan Parrish: [Alan looks down and notices his game piece moving to the end of the board, after which the word "Jumanji" appears, reads it quietly] Jumanji.
Hunter Van Pelt: Eh?
Alan Parrish: [slightly louder] Jumanji.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the closing credits, Jumanji's drums can be heard beating. See more »

Alternate Versions

At the end of the film, Alan and Sarah give Judy and Peter a Christmas gift. In the theatrical version, the kids open their gifts up to reveal new sneakers named "Jumanjis" See more »

Connections

Followed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(pub. 1856) (uncredited)
Hymn by Charles Wesley (1730)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Played on piano by Brenda Lockmuller at the Christmas party and sung by the guests
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Action and adventure for the kids, and Robin Williams for the adults
1 September 2003 | by harper_blueSee 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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