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James and the Giant Peach (1996)

An orphan who lives with his two cruel aunts befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Director:

Henry Selick

Writers:

Roald Dahl (based on the book by), Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Callow ... Grasshopper (voice)
Richard Dreyfuss ... Centipede (voice)
Jane Leeves ... Ladybug (voice)
Joanna Lumley ... Aunt Spiker
Miriam Margolyes ... Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
Pete Postlethwaite ... Old Man
Susan Sarandon ... Spider (voice)
Paul Terry Paul Terry ... James
David Thewlis ... Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle J. Stephen Coyle ... Reporter #2
Steven Culp ... James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap Cirocco Dunlap ... Girl with Telescope
Michael Girardin Michael Girardin ... Reporter #1
Tony Haney ... Reporter #3
Kathryn Howell ... Woman in Bathrobe (as Kathrine Howell)
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Storyline

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside, he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try to get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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If you really don't go to the movies, you won't see... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the newspapers at the end, the movie takes place in 1949. See more »

Goofs

The Grasshopper addresses James at one point as "Sir James". This is an incorrect term of address for him. The polite way to address him in the time this film is set would have been "Master James". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Old Man: This is James Henry Trotter. He lived with his mother and father in a cozy little house by the sea.
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Crazy Credits

Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

Connections

Referenced in Everwood: Vegetative State (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Sail Away
Written and Performed by Noël Coward
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with EMI Special Markets UK
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"One of the greatest movies based on Roald Dahl's books"
2 September 2004 | by simon-trekSee all my reviews

I was an enormous fan of Roald Dahl's books when I was kid. I think of him as the Hands Christian Anderson of the 20th century. I didn't read all of Dahl's books but I read most of them. I've also seen most of the movies based on his books. Out of all the Roald Dahl books I read as child I would say that 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' is my favorite but 'James And The Giant Peach' is my second favorite.

The reason why I would say these two books are my favorites is because they're both about children who live miserable lives until a magical experience changes their lives forever and both end up becoming the luckiest kids in the world. For Charlie, his life changes with a tour of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but for James it's with a magical giant peach and group very friendly creatures.

I first remember hearing about this movie back in late 1996 when it was released in America during the Christmas holidays and I was very excited about it, but unfortunately I had to wait until the Easter Holidays before this movie arrived in Australia. I certainly loved it. James's two horrible aunt's who are nothing except cruel and nasty. Are as horrible in the movie as they are in the book.

I really loved the creatures from the peach which I remember (from the book) James describing them as "The friendliest creatures in the world". These creatures include Grasshopper, Earthworm, Centipede, Ladybug, Spider and Glowworm. My two favorite character's are Spider because her French accent made her a very smooth character and Centipede because of his sense of humor.

I also liked the songs. My favorite was "We're Family" which the creatures use to express how much they love James. I certainly believe these creatures are the best family any child could have. So for anyone who loved Roald Dahl's books as a child, you must...must see this film!


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,539,098, 14 April 1996

Gross USA:

$28,946,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,946,127
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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