Watch Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story

Jack and the Beanstalk was directed by Brian Henson as an alternative version of the an age old English based fairy tale. Henson put a considerably large amount of time and effort into editing the story to reflect what he believed and felt to be a humanist and more ethical view.

The rich CEO of a large company, Jack Robinson, comes from a line of people where none of the males has lived to be over the young age of 40. Jack has dreams about an angry giant and his father. Siggy, the manager of Jack's business affairs, convinces Jack to turn away the projects revolving around alternative food supplies and genetically modified crops to feed those living in poverty or in third world countries. Instead of food projects, Siggy desires to focus on building a casino complex around an old, ancestral castle in a small, nearby town.

A skeleton of a giant was found while constructing the casino. Odine, an unusual young woman enters the scene calls Jack a murderer and a thief then quickly disappeaers in a flash of light. The old woman loves story telling and shares the fairy tale Jack in the beanstalk in the traditional and original text. The original Jack was given five beans with all but one successfully growing into beanstalks. The fifth bean found its way into rocky soil which leads one to believe that the tale being told may not be the full truth, and that the answers he searches for about recent events may be found on the other side of the giant beanstalk.

Hallmark
1 Season, 2 Episodes
December 2, 2001
Fantasy, Science Fiction
6.9/10
Cast: Matthew Modine, Vanessa Redgrave, Mia Sara, Daryl Hannah
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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Full Episode Guide

Season 1 2 full episodes
  • Episode 2 - Episode 2

    A modern-day Jack climbs up the beanstalk to make amends for the sins of his ancestors and end the curse on his family. Romance, corporate intrigue and eye-popping visual effects abound in this updated version of the classic fairytale.

  • Episode 1 - Episode 1

    Once upon a time "Jack and the Beanstalk" was a fairy tale, but for Jonathan William Von Hapsburg Robinson (Jack, for short) it's a part of his history - a giant secret buried in the Robinson family closet for centuries is now loose. Prepare yourself for the larger-than-life truth behind a modern-day fable that reaches new heights in fantastic entertainment.

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