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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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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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Marvellous things will happen! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999), Road to Perdition (2002), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015)) is currently in early talks to direct a remake to "James and the Giant Peach." See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, the narrator states that a rhino appears out of nowhere and eats James' parents. The aunts bring up the rhino several times during the movie. It's later revealed that the rhino is just a bunch of smoke and noise, which makes no sense because that same rhino ate James' parents. Perhaps the biggest error of all is the fact the whole thing with the rhino "appearing out of nowhere" is never explained. In the book, James' parents are eaten by a rhino that escaped from the London Zoo while they were shopping at the market. The book explains it, whilst the movie does not. See more »

Quotes

[Spiker and Sponge are outside the peach, looking for James]
Aunt Spiker: Where are you? You detestable little worm!
Earthworm: AAAHHHHHH!
James: Not you, ME!
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Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

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

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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Superman: Distant Fires (2011) See more »

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That's The Life (Reprise)
Written by Randy Newman
Performed by (Cast)
Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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"One of the greatest movies based on Roald Dahl's books"
2 September 2004 | by simon-trekSee all my reviews

I was an enormous fan of Roald Dahl's books when I was kid. I think of him as the Hands Christian Anderson of the 20th century. I didn't read all of Dahl's books but I read most of them. I've also seen most of the movies based on his books. Out of all the Roald Dahl books I read as child I would say that 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' is my favorite but 'James And The Giant Peach' is my second favorite.

The reason why I would say these two books are my favorites is because they're both about children who live miserable lives until a magical experience changes their lives forever and both end up becoming the luckiest kids in the world. For Charlie, his life changes with a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but for James it's with a magical giant peach and group very friendly creatures.

I first remember hearing about this movie back in late 1996 when it was released in America during the Christmas holidays and I was very excited about it, but unfortunately I had to wait until the Easter Holidays before this movie arrived in Australia. I certainly loved it. James's two horrible aunt's who are nothing except cruel and nasty. Are as horrible in the movie as they are in the book.

I really loved the creatures from the peach which I remember (from the book) James describing them as "The friendliest creatures in the world". These creatures include Grasshopper, Earthworm, Centipede, Ladybug, Spider and Glowworm. My two favorite character's are Spider because her French accent made her a very smooth character and Centipede because of his sense of humor.

I also liked the songs. My favorite was "We're Family" which the creatures use to express how much they love James. I certainly believe these creatures are the best family any child could have. So for anyone who loved Roald Dahl's books as a child, you must...must see this film!


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