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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Grasshopper (voice)
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Centipede (voice)
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Ladybug (voice)
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Aunt Sponge / Glowworm (voice)
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Spider (voice)
Paul Terry ...
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Earthworm (voice)
J. Stephen Coyle ...
Reporter #2
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James' Father
Cirocco Dunlap ...
Girl with Telescope
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Reporter #1
Tony Haney ...
Reporter #3
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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 and get to New York. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Rated PG for some frightening images | See all certifications »

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12 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James e o Pêssego Gigante  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$135,378 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$28,934,758 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Andy Partridge, of the British pop group XTC, was originally tapped to write the songs for this film. When Partridge backed out over the compensation he was offered, the producers called on Randy Newman instead after Toy Story (1995) became a hit. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film. See more »

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When the Centipede, the Spider and James are trying to get the compass from the pirate ship, the Centipede pulls the string twice to signal to the other bugs to pull them up. But the Centipede was not there when James told the other bugs to pull them up when he yanked on the sting twice. See more »

Quotes

[the Beat Cop has been asked what the large fruit is]
Beat Cop: I don't know. Just get the biggest crane in New York!
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Spider Wrangler - Steven Kutcher See more »

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Referenced in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »

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That's The Life (Reprise)
Written by Randy Newman
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Additional vocals by Jeff Bennett
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Great family advaenture!
7 March 2012 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Before we can go on a journey with the Giant Peach however, first Little James have to be orphaned. And he is, in a matter of fact voice-over that makes for a surprise element here. A bold way to get the plot in motion, and it works ! Many keep on wandering what or who that rhino was, that took the life of the parents just like that, on a whim. Well, anybody can be swept away by the rhino in the sky, or so the nasty aunties will have you believe anyway...

The visuals are stunning, the dialogues are bubbling fizzing electrical fun and brought wonderfully and lovingly by a great cast, and direction is clear cut, sharp and focused.

A lovely film, that makes you wonder what is Selnick & Burton and what's genuine Roald Dahl.

A splendid film that makes you go out and want to read a great book (again). What more can we possibly ask of a peach? Hmmm, well ... about that Rhino in the stormy clouds ... Maybe ... If it's based in Britain, couldn't we tempt it to take a holiday somewhere in, say, Bora Bora or the Halls of Montezuma ? The English are quite accustomed to their climate, but their rhino gives us, here in the Lowlands, more than our share of rain and sleet too !!!


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