• Film ID:
  • 6487
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=76 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Britain.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (1996)
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An adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story. The animated central section is sandwiched by stylised live-action sequences and it beautifully captures the book's free-floating, fantastic sense of adventure and wonder. Forced into a life of drudgery by his evil aunts, Sponge and Spiker (Margolyes and Lumley), orphan James dreams of escape to New York. An old man (Postlethwaite) appears and gives the boy a jigging handful of fluorescent, magical crocodile tongues, a dead peach tree bears a gigantic fruit, and diving Alice-like into its core, James enters a world of strange invertebrates. As his wishes take flight, so does the peach, putting to sea and soaring up in the air, hauled majestically by a flock of tethered sea-gulls. A wonderful world of adventure with an enchanting, at times ghoulish, appeal.
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