Joe Johnston (1995)

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Our Score
It was dismissed by many critics as a noisy, scary and utterly worthless excuse for some ingenious computer effects, but as empty experiences go this fantasy adventure is absolutely exhilarating. Toddlers, as well as pre-teens, will be spellbound by the marauding wildlife that is unleashed when Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce rescue Robin Williams from the sinister board game in which he's been trapped for 26 years. Any film where the action is determined by a roll of the dice is bound to be episodic, but this hardly detracts from the enjoyment as one spectacular set piece follows another. The result is wonderful, escapist family entertainment.


A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution - to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Cast & Crew

Alan Parrish Robin Williams
Judy Kirsten Dunst
Sarah Bonnie Hunt
Nora Bebe Neuwirth
Peter Bradley Pierce
Van Pelt/Sam Parrish Jonathan Hyde
Bentley David Alan Grier
Carol Parrish Patricia Clarkson
Director Joe Johnston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)Guidance: Scenes that some younger viewers may find frightening. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Children's