Jack the Giant Killer

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Overview

Nathan Juran, director of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, tries to make the magic happen again on a much more attenuated budget in Jack the Giant Killer. Torin Thatcher, another Sinbad alumnus, plays a wicked wizard who kidnaps toothsome-princess Judi Meredith. Kerwin Mathews, still another veteran of Sinbad, plays Jack, who rescues Meredith and promises to escort her to safety. Stop-motion animator Jim Danforth creates several fire-breathing perils along the same lines as Ray Harryhausen's special effects in ...
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Overview

Nathan Juran, director of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, tries to make the magic happen again on a much more attenuated budget in Jack the Giant Killer. Torin Thatcher, another Sinbad alumnus, plays a wicked wizard who kidnaps toothsome-princess Judi Meredith. Kerwin Mathews, still another veteran of Sinbad, plays Jack, who rescues Meredith and promises to escort her to safety. Stop-motion animator Jim Danforth creates several fire-breathing perils along the same lines as Ray Harryhausen's special effects in Sinbad; happily, Danforth emulates the Harryhausen style without stooping to imitation. Prominent among the supporting actors is Don Beddoe as an impish genie. In the recently reissued prints of Jack the Giant Killer, most of the original voices have been dubbed over, and incongruous musical numbers added.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Viewers tuning in to see Jack the Giant Killer should be warned that there are two versions of this very same movie, the original 1962 release and a later "musical" version, in which songs were added to the existing footage; avoid at all costs the latter version, which is atrocious. The original, by contrast, is actually a pretty good little flick. Granted, it's a blatant rip-off of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, but it still has a certain charm of its own. The story is engaging, if decidedly childlike, and Nathan Juran's direction, while hardly earth-shattering, has a nice little flair. Of course, this is the kind of film that lives on "high points," with the moments between coming across as nothing more than filler; but Jack at least makes sure that the high points keep on coming, even if some are higher than others. A film of this sort also lives or dies on its special effects, and it's here that Jack falls significantly short of Sinbad. But even if the effects are somewhat less than convincing (especially for CGI-reared viewers), they still have a charm and their very cartoonish-ness is actually quite winning. Highlights include the sea monster-giant battle, the attack of the witches and the final dragon battle. Kerwin Mathews is acceptable as Jack, with Torin Thatcher appropriately evil. The best work comes from Walter Burke and Thatcher's henchman and Don Beddoe as the imp.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2013
  • UPC: 844503001825
  • Original Release: 1962
  • Source: Legend Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,785

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerwin Mathews Jack
Judi Meredith Princess Elaine
Torin Thatcher Pendragon
Don Beddoe Imp in Bottle
Walter Burke Garna
Robert Gist Capt. McFadden
Barry Kelley Sigurd
Anna Lee Lady Constance
Dayton Lummis King Mark
Ken Mayer Boatswain
Roger Mobley Peter
Tudor Owen Chancellor
Helen Wallace Jack's Mother
Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director, Screenwriter
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
David Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Boyle Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Fernando Carrere Art Director
Jim Danforth Special Effects
Charles Gemora Makeup
John Gregory Choreography
Orville H. Hampton Screenwriter
David S. Horsley Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Art Director
David Pal Special Effects
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Bert Shefter Score Composer
Edward Small Producer
Grant Whytock Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jack the Giant Killer
1. Chapter 1 [18:58]
2. Chapter 2 [16:57]
3. Chapter 3 [18:33]
4. Chapter 4 [16:34]
5. Chapter 5 [14:38]
6. Chapter 6 [8:05]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Fantasy Movie!

    When the movie first came out in theaters in 1962, I went and watched it over and over while it was playing in my hometown. I was 9 years old. Those were the days when parents sent their kids to the downtown Rialto theater to stay and watch movies all afternoon Great summer escape and great babysitting for the parents.

    This movie is truly a classic in its own way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Excellent Movie

    I have been crazy about this movie while I was a kid in 1962 in Hong Kong. Kerwin Mathews was a hero in this movie. I have loved this movie very much I have watched it over and over for 20 times ever since I bought this VHS copy in 1992.

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