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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story is a 2001 American television miniseries. It was directed by Brian Henson and was a co-production of CBS and Jim Henson Television. It is an alternative version of the classic English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The story was considerably reworked to reflect what Henson believed to be a more ethical, humanist view. The cast includes Matthew Modine, Mia Sara, Jon Voight, and Vanessa Redgrave. Richard Attenborough, Daryl Hannah, and a young James Corden play giants. Among the other giants in the film are beings from the mythology of various cultures, including Hebrew, Buddhist, and Nordic.

Series Cast

  1. Matthew Modine

    Matthew Modine

    Jack Robinson

    2 Episodes

  2. Jim Carter

    Jim Carter


    2 Episodes

  3. Vanessa Redgrave

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Countess Wilhelmina

    2 Episodes

  4. Freddie Highmore

    Freddie Highmore

    Son at Playground

    2 Episodes

  5. Mia Sara

    Mia Sara


    2 Episodes

  6. Daryl Hannah

    Daryl Hannah


    2 Episodes

  7. Jon Voight

    Jon Voight


    2 Episodes

  8. Richard Attenborough

    Richard Attenborough


    2 Episodes

  9. Bill Barretta

    Bill Barretta


    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

2001 | 2 Episodes

The bones of a giant are discovered turing Jack Robinson's life upside down, teaching him the truth behind the fairy tale and how he can fix a greedy ancestor's mistakes.

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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story


Status Ended


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Type Video

Original Language English


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