Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001, USA) C-174m. ** D: Brian Henson. Starring Matthew Modine, Vanessa Redgrave, Mia Sara, Daryl Hannah, Jon Voight, Richard Attenborough, Honor Blackman, Freddie Highmore, voice of Brian Henson. Umpteenth adaptation of the fairy tale, blown up to gigantic proportions for television. Modine is a successful businessman, whose family seems cursed. Every male ancestor has died before reaching the age of 40. He investigates and finds out that it was his great-great-great-and-some-grandfather who was the original Jack on the Beanstalk. He goes to the Kingdom and realizes that they want their goose and golden harp back - for a reason. Overblown, a bit pretentious, but always watchable. A kind of TV version of LORD OF THE RINGS.

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