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Jack (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 August 1996 (USA)
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Because of an unusual disorder that has aged him four times faster than a typical human being, a boy looks like a 40-year-old man as he starts fifth grade at public school after being homeschooled.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Jack Powell
Diane Lane ... Karen Powell
Brian Kerwin ... Brian Powell
Jennifer Lopez ... Miss Marquez
Bill Cosby ... Lawrence Woodruff
Fran Drescher ... Dolores Durante
Adam Zolotin ... Louis Durante
Todd Bosley ... Edward
Seth Smith Seth Smith ... John-John
Mario Yedidia ... George
Jer Adrianne Lelliott ... Johnny Duffer (as Jeremy Lelliott)
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Phoebe (as Jurnee Smollett)
Dani Faith Dani Faith ... Jane
Hugo Hernandez Hugo Hernandez ... Victor
Rickey D'Shon Collins Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Eric
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Storyline

Jack Powell was born with a unique disorder that causes him to age four times faster than people usually age, so when he's 10 years old he looks 40. This causes problems when he starts public school and tries to make friends with his classmates. Written by Bob Gohari <bgohari@earthlink.net>

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For some people, 40 is the new 10. For Jack Powell, it's the other way around - literally. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,191,496, 11 August 1996

Gross USA:

$58,620,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,620,973
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robin Williams agreed to play Jack after Disney apologized to him for breaking their promise to keep his name out of the marketing for Aladdin (1992). See more »

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Dolores reaches into her bag to get out the chocolate mousse for Louis; in the next scene she reaches into it again. See more »

Quotes

[it is decided Jack is to go to school]
Karen Powell: You sure he'll be all right?
Brian: Honey, he'll be fine.
[they kiss Jack and go to bed]
Brian: [to himself] It's the rest of the world I'm worried about.
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One of those rare movies with a real message
23 November 2005 | by Andreas_NSee all my reviews

This movie has something very important attached to it: a message of life. This is due to the underlying themes as well as to Robin Williams' touching performance which is saddening and inspirational at the same time. He is able to transform the sheer hopelessness of his fate which subjects him to an early death with such outstanding and sincere skills that are deeply moving. Apart from that his entire character - as it is designed - demands substantial acting throughout the whole plot. He delivers a performance that many other actors would simply not have been able to accomplish. It takes a special kind of actor to portray such a character just as Jack here. The message is that despite a fate that destines us to be exposed to tremendous agonies and blank despair, there is always a light of hope, and this light burns in our hearts. It's up to us only what we do with the time that we're granted with. In Jack's case time is even more precious than for normal people. Despite the sadness and despair that is ultimately caused thereby, we still have the chance to make the best out of every minute. All we have to do is value the little things, such as friendship and love, and thus escape the shades of darkness. The movie itself is funny and sincere, it has important dialogues and, as stated above, a real massage, which makes it special. Watch out for it.


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