Bridge to Terabithia (PG)

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Posted: Tue May 1 2007

Stateside rural fifth-formers Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) and Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb) look a little too old to be playing make-believe, but let’s overlook that… Leslie’s fertile imagination gets the better of new-found friend Jess when she introduces him to a fantasy world on the other side of a stream. A secret place filled with weird, imaginary creatures, Terabithia proves an ideal retreat for the kids and a perfect environment in which to drum up the courage to face down school bully, Janice. But tragedy strikes…

Gabor Csupo’s directorial debut – based on a ’70s book by Katherine Paterson – is an affecting inquest into the nature of courage, mortality, grief and the healing power of faith. It’s also a fresh take on the fantasy genre. Where film franchises like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’ are set in an alternative reality, here the realm of fantasy is purely a state of mind that helps the children make decisions back in the real world. The CGI effects are competent enough and it all unfolds at an agreeable pace, but it’s the kids’ universally distinctive performances that impress most.
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Release details

Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri May 4, 2007

Duration:

95 mins

Cast and crew

Producer:

David Paterson, Hal Lieberman, Lauren Levine

Music:

Aaron Zigman

Cast:

AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutcherson

Screenwriter:

Jeff Stockwell, Katherine Paterson

Art Director:

Michael Pangrazio

Cinematography:

Michael Chapman

Editor:

John Gilbert

Director:

Gabor Csupo

Production Designer:

Robert Gillies

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Lukas

I came across it by random and thought 'what the hell'. I thought it was going to be yet another fantasy rip off story, but to my disbelief turned into the most realistic film about life I've seen in a long time. The innocence, realism, disbelief of the tragic events, and totally unexpected twist truly helped this film a moving masterpiece.

Lukas

I came across it by random and thought 'what the hell'. I thought it was going to be yet another fantasy rip off story, but to my disbelief turned into the most realistic film about life I've seen in a long time. The innocence, realism, disbelief of the tragic events, and totally unexpected twist truly helped this film a moving masterpiece.

Nelly

It was a really good movie, very touching. And it proves that there is no limit to how powerful the imagination can be!!

Nelly

It was a really good movie, very touching. And it proves that there is no limit to how powerful the imagination can be!!

Katie

Brilliant Film. Wasn't exspecting that ti happen to leslie. It was quite heart breaking TBH. Really good movie, It's a must see.

Katie

Brilliant Film. Wasn't exspecting that ti happen to leslie. It was quite heart breaking TBH. Really good movie, It's a must see.

Pat

I'm a 40yr old dad to an 8yr old and we both loved the film. The previews completely mis-sell it as some kind of a fantasy adventure. Its not but keep your mind open and its a powerful film for young kids and supportive adults. We were both glued and both cried our eyes out. Its a great story of real friendship and belief in many of their forms, funnily enough they're also some of the most important themes in Lord of the Rings. Maybe some of the disappointed fantasy lovers on here should look at what that genre is often about. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty much a retelling of themes from the New Testament and other religious and social systems, many of which are to be found in LotR and Terabithia.

Pat

I'm a 40yr old dad to an 8yr old and we both loved the film. The previews completely mis-sell it as some kind of a fantasy adventure. Its not but keep your mind open and its a powerful film for young kids and supportive adults. We were both glued and both cried our eyes out. Its a great story of real friendship and belief in many of their forms, funnily enough they're also some of the most important themes in Lord of the Rings. Maybe some of the disappointed fantasy lovers on here should look at what that genre is often about. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty much a retelling of themes from the New Testament and other religious and social systems, many of which are to be found in LotR and Terabithia.

nadine

i saw this film with my school it was sooo borin0g i fell asleep if your an adventure child and a fantasy child this is for you

Penelope Pitstop

This film was very average. There is a bit of a shock in the loss of a character that I felt would disturb some kids and the anticipation of a film with leanings towards a Narnia kinda story was sadly misplaced.

caz

A very emotive film, Will take grown ups back to a time when anything was possible. A little too indepth for younger kids- i liked the fact that it wasnt just another fantasy film, this is something we all remember doing as kids and which this cotton wool generation has not yet been alowed to do. Imagine without fear and believe without proof. take a hanky!

caz

A very emotive film, Will take grown ups back to a time when anything was possible. A little too indepth for younger kids- i liked the fact that it wasnt just another fantasy film, this is something we all remember doing as kids and which this cotton wool generation has not yet been alowed to do. Imagine without fear and believe without proof. take a hanky!

meee

I LOVE this film so much and i really enjoyed. Will definately buy it on DVD!

meee

I LOVE this film so much and i really enjoyed. Will definately buy it on DVD!