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Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Fantasy | 1 March 2013 (USA)
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The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.

Director:

Bryan Singer

Writers:

Darren Lemke (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Hoult ... Jack
Eleanor Tomlinson ... Isabelle
Ewan McGregor ... Elmont
Stanley Tucci ... Roderick
Eddie Marsan ... Crawe
Ewen Bremner ... Wicke
Ian McShane ... King Brahmwell
Christopher Fairbank ... Uncle
Simon Lowe ... Monk
Mingus Johnston ... Bald
Ralph Brown ... General Entin
Joy McBrinn ... Old Maid
Chris Brailsford ... Blacksmith
Warwick Davis ... Old Hamm
Craig Salisbury ... Panto Erik the Great
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Storyline

Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle, whom he rescues from ruffians. He returns home with only a handful of beans given to him by a monk who claimed they were sacred, but that does little to impress his uncle, who tosses them away. In the night, the Princess arrives, having run off to keep herself from marrying Roderick, who is clearly only interested in becoming king. Soon, the beans take root with a giant stalk carrying away the princess and Jack's house. He soon sets off on an adventure with the king's guards to rescue the princess, only to find that a mythical land filled with giants really exists. Written by garykmcd

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If you think you know the story, you don't know Jack. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Creating the beanstalk involved two main requirements: set extension for shots of the actors interacting with the beanstalk (shot against a bluescreen), and complete CG renderings for shots of the beanstalk growing and extending from Earth into the world of the giants. See more »

Goofs

As the main beanstalk grows, Jack loses his grip on Isabelle's wrist but luckily his fall is broken by a lower part of the twisting stalks. However, he fell for 5.2 seconds which means a drop of 435 feet, his body impacting the stalk at 114 mph. See more »

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General Fallon: Here comes the thunder.
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Crazy Credits

The legendary logo emits the same glowing as the crown does in the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

German version was cut for violence (Fallon getting hit by arrows in the face and burning) to secure a "Not under 12" rating. See more »

Connections

References Return to Oz (1985) See more »

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In the Gardens of Ginger Pig
Written by Lior Rosner
Performed by Lior Rosner
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Fine retelling of the familiar story
27 February 2013 | by cornflakeboy20See all my reviews

In this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, the title character and a runaway princess are thrust into the sky when vines sprouting from the magic beans vault Jack's cabin into the sky. A race of giants exiled there by the power of a magic crown plots to return below and recapture the human kingdom. The King sends a rescue party of his knights and the princess's evil fiancé to rescue the princess, and the evil prince uses the magical crown in an attempt to seize the power of the giants to take over the kingdom.

It was refreshing to find a non ironic, non meta straightforward telling of this story, with some elements of charm and humor. The 3D is fairly unspectacular, although there are great sequences, such as the collapse of the vine which causes catastrophic damage below. The body count, for a family film, is quite high, surpassing some of the later Harry Potter movies. It is also notable that there are virtually no females in either the giants' or human's realm. The cast is fine, and Nicholas Hoult makes a fine Jack, and brings more life and personality to the role than he did earlier this year with "Warm Bodies."

Most elements of the film work quite well and it has the potential to work alongside dark family fare like "The Never Ending Story" or "The Dark Crystal."


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack the Giant Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$195,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,202,226, 3 March 2013

Gross USA:

$65,187,603

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$197,687,603
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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