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Wealthy businessman Jack Robinson is building a new casino on the site of the family castle in England when the builders discover the skeleton of a giant human being. He learns that he is related to the Jack who climbed the beanstalk.


Brian Henson


James V. Hart (story), Brian Henson (story) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Jack Robinson (Johnathan William Duncan Robinson)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Countess Wilhelmina - Matriarch / Narrator
Mia Sara ... Ondine
Daryl Hannah ... Thespee - Member Great Council of Mac Slec
Jon Voight ... Siggy (Sigfried Mannheim) - Overseas Div. Director for Robinson Intl.
Richard Attenborough ... Magog - Arbiter of Justice Great Council of Mac Slec
Bill Barretta ... Thunderdell
Honor Blackman ... Jules - Jack's Secretary
JJ Feild ... Young Jack
Jonathan Hyde ... Dussan - Jack's Butler
Anton Lesser ... Vidas Merlinis - Research Scientist
Julia McKenzie ... Jack's Mum
Frank Baker Frank Baker ... Forensic Doctor
Josh Cole Josh Cole ... Operator 1
Richard Cubison Richard Cubison ... Curious Patron


Once upon a time ""Jack and the Beanstalk"" was a fairy tale, but for Jonathan William Von Hapsburg Robinson (Jack, for short) it's a part of his history--a giant secret buried in the Robinson family closet for centuries is now loose. Prepare yourself for the larger-than-life truth behind a modern-day fable that reaches new heights in fantastic entertainment.In a valley of glistening mist, alive with perfect white roses stands a grand, medieval castle of great stone walls and magnificent turrets. The Magic Castle Resort and Casino, is a conceptual dream for wealthy developer Jack Robinson, who was taught by a long line of Robinson men to "believe in the possibility of the impossible." But Jack's dream has unearthed a nightmare. Discovered buried on the land is a human skeleton of enormous proportions. Is it the greatest scientific find of the ages or an elaborate publicity hoax to further Jack's greed? The answer arrives late one night in the figure of a mysterious woman known as the ...

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Waste of talent
9 August 2020 | by jaigurudavidSee all my reviews

It is so sad that such a great ensemble of talent was wasted on this incoherent, fractured telling of a classic tale. An advertisement for revisionists and apologists. Boo hoo for the poor giant.

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2 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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