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JUMANJI (1995)

Trapped in a mysteriously magical board game, Jumanji, for the past 25 years, Alan Parris is finally freed when two children resurrect the game.  But along the way, the children will release a herd of
exotic African animals as well.  As mayhem erupts in the city, Alan and the kids must do their best to save their city from destruction.  But with every roll of the die new consequences and adventures ensue.  In JUMANJI life really is a game of chance!

The cast includes: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, and Jonathan Hunt.

Director Joe Johnston's "Jumanji" is a wild "Twilight Zone" type movie.

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Promotional Lines: "Are You Game?"
"An Adventure For Those Who Seek To Find A Way To Leave Their World Behind."

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Director Joe Johnston's "Jumanji" is a wild, "Twilight Zone" - type movie. It answers the question of what would happen, if a board game had real, far reaching consequences, where participants really "played for keeps?" What if a child landed on an unlucky square, and wound up being physically trapped within the board game, and not released until 26 years later? What would happen to the trapped child's family, and other people involved in the child's life, because he wasn't there with them? How would this alter the history of all concerned and involved? After the screenplay went through a total of 7 rewrite drafts, a masterful film is the result. "Jumanji is an emotionally powerful, imaginative adventure, that combines breathtaking special effects, with an enchanting mixture of comedy, magic and thrills."

The basic story involves a boy, Alan Parish (Adam Hann-Byrd), in 1969, who discovers such an amazing, time-changing board game. When he plays it with a girl that he really likes, he lands on an unlucky square, and is sucked into the game board, which totally scares the girl, Sarah Whittle (Laura Bundy) who runs from the house, stopping their game. Trapped in the game's horrid jungle for 26 years, Alan (Robin Williams) freed in 1995 when two young kids, Judy and Peter Shepard (Kristen Dunst and Bradley Pierce) find the same horrific game. After the other original 1969 player, Sara, who is now a woman (Bonnie Hunt), is convinced to rejoin the game, all 4 participants continue to play the game, with amazing consequences, and find themselves having to use all the courage that they can muster, to try to outwit the game's "powerful forces," in order to survive, and perhaps fix history, so time will be changed back to what was supposed to happen, before all was changed because of this havoc-causing board game.

The film features strong direction, fast pacing, a strong cast, clever writing, and incredible FX of rampaging elephants, rhino, monkeys, man (and car) eating plants, monsoons, and more, all which slowly turn the 4 story Georgian mansion into the Jumanji jungle.

Favorite Scenes include: I really liked a scene where the house is flooded by a monsoon, and Williams and the kids must cope with raging waters AND a giant, hungry crocodile. Also, the giant spider scene is realistically creepy, and the rampage of the hunter chasing the participants all through the k-mart type store is exciting.

Although primarily marketed to kids, some of whom were scared by the realistic special effects, it offers plenty of entertainment for adults, and older children, who enjoy a suspenseful, thrilling adventure, that tests to the limit it's characters courage and wits.

Directed by: Joe Johnston. Screenplay by: Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor & Jim Strain - Based on the award winning 1981 children's book, by Chris Van Allsburg, who helped develop the story's ideas.

If you liked JUMANJI you may like HIGH FREQUENCY, BACK TO THE FUTURE, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, THE WIZARD OF OZ, HONEY- I SHRUNK THE KIDS, HOOK, THE NEVER-ENDING STORY, and
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

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