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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Roald Dahl (based on the book by), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Grasshopper (voice)
Richard Dreyfuss ... Centipede (voice)
Jane Leeves ... Ladybug (voice)
Joanna Lumley ... Aunt Spiker
Miriam Margolyes ... Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Pete Postlethwaite ... Old Man
Susan Sarandon ... Spider (voice)
Paul Terry Paul Terry ... James
David Thewlis ... Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle J. Stephen Coyle ... Reporter #2
Steven Culp ... James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap Cirocco Dunlap ... Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin Michael Girardin ... Reporter #1
Tony Haney Tony Haney ... Reporter #3
Kathryn Howell ... Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)
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Storyline

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Adventures this big don't grow on trees. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,378, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$28,934,758
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This film took twelve years to reach the screen. Roald Dahl himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film. See more »

Goofs

After James looks at the map and figures out that they are going to New York City, the Centipede spins his Cigar in reaction. Two filament lines attached to the Cigar that were used to suspend it are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[Gazing at the giant peach]
Aunt Sponge: Can you smell that, Spikey? It smells delicious!
Aunt Spiker: No! It smells like... money!
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Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

Alternate Versions

The 3D version, as well as the 2012 DVD and Blu-ray releases, replaces the Disney logo with the more current logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Will & Grace: Sons and Lovers: Part 1 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Eating The Peach
Music by Randy Newman
Lyrics by Roald Dahl
Performed by Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited), Susan Sarandon (uncredited), Simon Callow (uncredited), Jane Leeves (uncredited), Paul Terry (uncredited), and David Thewlis (uncredited)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett and Sally Stevens
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A classic in my home
11 February 2002 | by Dave WilsonSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed it, and so did my 3- and 5-year-old (and yes, we read the book). The animation and live-action scenes showed a lot of love. Though elements of the story seemed a bit hurried or neglected, they weren't anything a fairy-tale fantasy couldn't absorb in stride. The music works well enough for this non-fan of musicals, and I prefer serviceable and inoffensive tunes to the treacly jingles and melodramatic scores of the usual Disney classics.

My only real complaint would be with the ending, as it really is unclear how the aunts drove across the ocean (did they obtain their own crocodile tongues?), and the slice of NY upon landing has a grim, Munchkin-town quality. Still, everything up to that point has left you with lots of goodwill towards the movie's makers.


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