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Jumanji

• Director: Joe Johnston
• Writer: Jonathan Hensleigh, Greg Taylor, Jim Strain
• Release Date: 15 December 1995 (USA)
• MPAA Rating: Rated PG for menacing fantasy action and some mild language.
• Parents Guide: View content advisory for parents
• Genre: Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Thriller
• Runtime: 104 min.
• Box Office #s: Here

Cast Highlights
• Robin Williams
• Jonathan Hyde
• Bradley Pierce
• Bonnie Hunt

When two kids play an old magic board-game they found, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.

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Trailer

Trivia

  • In the film, the role of Alan Parrish’s father and that of the merciless hunter Van Pelt are played by the same actor (Jonathan Hyde). This may be a reference to Peter Pan, since (in theatre and movie versions) the parts of Captain Hook and Wendy’s father are traditionally played by the same actor. (Robin Williams played the grown up Peter Pan in the movie sequel Hook (1991).)
  • The movie was filmed in Keene, New Hampshire. The film crew left an advertisement up on a brick wall right in the center of town for Parrish Shoes which can still be seen today.
  • The exterior of the Parish shoe factory was filmed at the Hurd Mill in North Berwick, Maine. The building was once a prosperous mill that made wool products, but has been empty for many years.
  • When Van Pelt enters the gun store, the music playing on the radio has been modified for the Mexican release due to the fact that, at least in the U.S. release, it originally featured Mexico’s national anthem. It is an infringement of Mexican law to play the anthem for commercial or mockery situations, deliberately or not, although in the U.S. Territories it is in the public domain.
  • In spite of the events in the film and where it was set and filmed, New Hampshire is one of the few U.S. states to not have a zoo.
  • In the French version (dubbed in Quebec, at least), Judy’s line, “I’m sorry, dear, you have the wrong number,” which she speaks in a fake English accent, is still in English but is spoken with a regular North American accent. Additionally, the two French girls who hear the game at the very end speak Spanish instead of French.
  • Though the plot differs greatly from that of the book on which it is based, the ending of the film is very similar, in which the game is found by two other young children. In the book, the two children who find the game at the end are named Walter and Danny, the main characters from Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005).
  • The Sir-Save-Alot scene was shot in Tsawwassen, BC located at 56th Street & 12th Avenue in what was the Tsawwassen Shoppers Mall. The Sir-Save-ALot store was the old Super-Valu store (which was a bargain store before it closed). At the time of filming, the store was vacant, and although the exterior was repaired after the movie was shot, the store never re-opened. The mall has since been redeveloped, with Safeway being the anchor tenant. The Sir-Save-ALot/Super-Valu in the old mall was along the west perimeter of the current mall, what is now a parking lot/entranceway.

Quotes

Judy Shepherd: What happened to you? You shave with a piece of glass?
Alan Parrish: What happened to you? The Clampett’s have a yard sale? What do you want I never shaved before.

Judy Shepherd: Don’t be fooled it isn’t thunder, staying put would be a blunder.

Peter Shepherd: [in horror] Judy!
Judy Shepherd: What?
Sarah Whittle: What happened?
Peter Shepherd: I thought I could end the game myself. I was only ten spaces away.
Judy Shepherd: [reading the sign on the board] ‘A law of Jumanji having been broken, you will slip back even more than your token’.
Sarah Whittle: You tried to cheat?
Peter Shepherd: No, I tried to drop the dice so they’d land on twelve.
Sarah Whittle: Oh, okay, honey. Well, that would be cheating.
Judy Shepherd: [in terror] Peter, your hands! Look at your hands!
[Peter sees that he is growing monkey fur on his hands as a punishment for cheating]

Judy Shepherd: There is a lesson you will learn: sometimes you must go back a turn.

Judy Shepherd: Alan, are you ready?
Alan Parrish: There is no “ready”.

[after Alan jumps onto Carl’s cruiser] Alan Parrish: What year is it?
Carl: It was brand new.
Alan Parrish: No, what year is it?
Judy Shepherd: Uh, 1995, remember?
Alan Parrish: [in shock] ’95?
Carl: You got some ID? Oh, let me guess, you probably left it in your other Tarzan outfit, right?
Alan Parrish: [to himself] 26 years!
Carl: Are you from around here?
Alan Parrish: I was. But I’ve been in Jumanji.
Judy Shepherd: Indonesia. He was in the Peace Corps.

Judy Shepherd: A tiny bite can make you itch, make you sneeze, make you twitch.

Peter Shepherd: “His fangs are sharp. He likes your taste. Your party better move poste haste.”
Judy Shepherd: I don’t like the sound of that.

Exterminator: Bats aren’t what I worry about in this house anyway.
Judy Shepherd: What would you worry about?
Exterminator: Well, personally, I wouldn’t want to live in a house where someone was murdered.
Judy Shepherd: Murdered?
Exterminator: Yep, little Alan Parrish. I’d say his father did it. There’s 1,001 places he could’ve hid the body in this house – especially if he chopped it up first.

Judy Shepherd: [tries to roll the dice, but the game board doesn’t recognize it] Alan, it’s not working.
Alan Parrish: [inspects the game board] Oh, no. It’s not your turn.
Judy Shepherd: Yeah, I rolled first and then Peter twice because he got doubles. Now it’s my turn again.
Alan Parrish: No, look. Two of these pieces are yours, right? What about the other pieces?
[spots his old game piece] Alan Parrish: The elephant was mine. You’re playing the game I started in 1969. I’m going to have to play.
[Judy offers the dice to him] Alan Parrish: It’s not my turn.
Judy Shepherd: Whose turn is it?
Alan Parrish: Sarah Whittle.

[after hearing thumping noises] Judy Shepherd: I’m going to Motel Six!
Aunt Nora: Oh, for heaven’s sake!

Judy Shepherd: Listen, I know you’re upset and all, but I kind of feel we should finish the game.
Alan Parrish: ‘We’? Why do you need me?
Judy Shepherd: Well, just in case any scary stuff comes out. Plus, there’s a lion in my aunt’s bedroom. What am I supposed to do about that?
Alan Parrish: What do I look like, a Ringling Brother?
Judy Shepherd: But she’ll be home soon!
Alan Parrish: Won’t she be surprised! I hope she’s not allergic to cats.

Judy Shepherd: Our parents are dead too. They were in the middle east negotiating peace when-
[Gets nudged by Peter]

Aunt Nora: Now, let’s try to relax, finish our dinner, and talk about something else.
Judy Shepherd: Well, we found out why you got this house so cheap. 26 years ago, a kid named Alan Parrish used to live here. Then one day, he just disappeared, because his parents chopped him up in little pieces and hid him in the walls.
Aunt Nora: Okay, that’s it. I am sick and tired of your lies, young lady. You’re grounded.
Judy Shepherd: [leaves] Fine, there’s nowhere to go in this stupid town, anyway. And just for your information, that wasn’t a lie.

Judy Shepherd: Did you hear anything a little while ago?
[Peter shakes his head] Peter Shepherd: [finally speaks] Do you miss mom and dad?
Judy Shepherd: No.
Peter Shepherd: Liar. If you don’t cut that out, they’re gonna send you to a shrink.
Judy Shepherd: Where do you think they’re gonna send you if you don’t start talking?

Judy Shepherd: Peter hasn’t spoken a word since it happened.
Estate Agent: Oh. Oh, my. I’m so sorry. How terribly awful.
Judy Shepherd: It’s OK. We barely even knew our parents. They were always away. Skiing, gambling in Monte Carlo, on safari in darkest Africa. We didn’t even know if they loved us. But when the Sheik’s yacht went down, they managed to write us a really beautiful goodbye note that was found floating in a champagne bottle amongst the debris.
[Starts crying] Judy Shepherd: Excuse me.
[Judy leaves the room. Camera pans away to show that she is actually laughing at the lie she just told the Estate Agent] Aunt Nora: [to the Estate Agent] They were very devoted parents. Car crash in Canada.