Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 55 mins

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'Jack the Giant Slayer' tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand, unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack (Nicholas Hoult) into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend, and gets the chance to become a legend himself.
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Cast: Eleanor Tomlinson, Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult

Crew: Bryan Singer (Director), Newton Thomas Sigel (Director of Photography), John Ottman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Adventure, Fantasy

Release Dates: 01 Mar 2013 (India)

Tagline: If you think you know the story, you don't know Jack.

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Did you know? Alex Pettyfer, Aaron Johnson and Aneurin Barnard were considered for the role of Jack. Read More
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as Isabelle
as Elmont
as Jack
Supporting Actor
as Fye
as General Fallon
as Crawe
as Wicke
as King Brahmwell
as General Fallon's Small Head
Supporting Actor
as Roderick


First Assistant Director


Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Music Director
Music Label


Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Editor
Sound Effects Editor


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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Red Epic
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Converted to 3D
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
If you think you know the story, you don't know Jack.
Prepare for a giant adventure
When the king begins chopping the beanstalk with his sword, he is cutting nearly straight down from overhead on a horizontal root, but immediately afterward from a different angle he is cutting with a sideways swing at the vertical stalk.

The bell thrown at the castle by the giants changes broken shape from when it lands and when Jack and the princess ride off on Jack's horse to light the beacon.

Crew/Equipment Visible
Shortly after sending the giant over the edge with bees, in the woods behind Elmont (Ewan McGregor) is visible a fast-moving dust cloud from moving vehicles, just as if a dirt road existed there and vehicles were traveling on it.

Factual Mistake
Near the end when the two headed giant swallows the bean and is torn apart; his hand lands next to Jack. The crown on two fingers of the giant, is bigger than Jack's waist, let alone his head.
Stanley Tucci, the only non-British cast member, adopts a British accent to fit in. He said he had long wanted to perform with a British accent, and this film gave him the chance to do so.

Twice in the film we see a golden harp. Once in a flashback when a giant is stealing it and again when Jack is in the room with all the treasure. In the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, a harp that plays by itself is one of the items Jack steals from the giant.

Nicholas Hoult was Bryan Singer's first choice to play Jack, considering their good working relationship in X-Men: First Class (2011).

Although not used in the theatrical release, Julie Andrews recorded "The Giants Fable" for the opening sequence for the film. This voice over can be found in the deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray special features.

Ewan McGregor's character states that he "has a bad feeling about this." This phrase is a staple of the Star Wars films, which McGregor, as Obi-Wan Kenobi, has said twice. Cast members Warwick Davis and Ralph Brown also appeared with him in his first Star Wars film Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).

Bryan Singer had to tone down the VFX to keep the film age-appropriate for children.

Bryan Singer was interested in using motion-capture VFX for the giants: "It takes you back to play-acting as a kid in your living room because you are running around, having to imagine that you are in Gantua and there are all these giant things when there's nothing there. In that way it's fascinating."

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.

Jamie Campbell Bower was considered for the role of Jack, but he was unable to audition due to a broken ankle injury suffered while filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).

Eleanor Tomlinson based her characterization on Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley in Aliens (1986).

Screenwriter Darren Lemke first proposed the idea of updating the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairytale in 2005. Lemke described the script as "a male-oriented story of a boy becoming a man" and drew a parallel between Jack and "Star Wars"'s Luke Skywalker.

The DVD deleted scenes have a scene with Jack's Uncle (Christopher Fairbank) where Jack meets up with him and brings him partly up to date.

The soldiers played by Byron Coll and Aaron Jackson had their roles cut from the finished film but are still credited in the end titles.

Adelaide Kane, Lily Collins, and Juno Temple auditioned for the role of Isabelle.

Alex Pettyfer, Aaron Johnson and Aneurin Barnard were considered for the role of Jack.
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References: Aliens (English)