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You Don't Know Jack

You Don't Know Jack

Barry Levinson (2010)

135min
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Dr Death is the name the media gave to Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who assisted in the suicides of more than 130 terminally ill people during the 1990s. This classy biopic details his almost messianic battle with the authorities in Michigan to establish euthanasia as a civil right. In the hands of director Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man), the issue-heavy script gains a cinematic sheen and flashes of black humour. For star Al Pacino, in a rare TV role, it provides plenty of meat, and bagged him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. He's ably supported by John Goodman, Susan Sarandon (always up for a part with liberal ideals) and Brenda Vaccaro as Jack's sister (whose peculiar wigs lend a touch of Dick Emery). None of their characters engenders much sympathy - unlike Jack's waiting list of patients. Mostly captured on grainy home video, their testimony and dying moments feel incredibly authentic and are sometimes hard to watch.

Summary

Fact-based drama about Dr Jack Kevorkian, a renowned and outspoken activist for euthanasia and inventor of a machine that would allow the terminally ill to end their lives at the time of their choosing. He is ultimately forced to defend his controversial views in the supreme court. Starring Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, John Goodman, Susan Sarandon and Danny Huston.

Cast & Crew

Jack Kevorkian Al Pacino
Janet Good Susan Sarandon
Geoffrey Fieger Danny Huston
Margo Janus Brenda Vaccaro
Neal Nicol John Goodman
Director Barry Levinson
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Language: English Colour

Drama

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