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||IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 from 20,664 votes
||Release: 24 April 2010 (USA) /
||Genre: Biography, Drama
||Director: Barry Levinson,
||Stars: Adam Lubarsky, Al Pacino, Brenda Vaccaro, Deirdre O'Connell, Henny Russell, Henry Strozier, James Urbaniak, Jennifer Mudge, Jeremy Bobb, John Goodman, Neil Brooks Cunningham, Rutanya Alda, Sandra Seacat, Susan Sarandon, Todd Susman
||Synopsis: Dr. Jack Kevorkian (1928 - 2011 ) in the 1990s, when he defies Michigan law assisting the suicide of terminally-ill persons. Support comes from his sister, a lab tech, the Hemlock Society president, and a lawyer. The child of survivors of the Armenian genocide interviews applicants: his sister video tapes them. He assembles a device allowing a person to initiate a three-chemical intravenous drip. The local D.A., the governor, and the Legislature respond. In court scenes, Kevorkian is sometimes antic. He's single-minded about giving dying individuals the right to determine how their lives will end. He wants the Supreme Court to rule. He picks a fight he can't win: is it hubris or heroism? Written by <[email protected]>
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If you remember the 90's, Dr. Jack Kevorkian needs no introduction. His
name was as much the subject of medical controversy as it was the
punchline of countless jokes. His name was as notorious to some as O.J.
Simpson or Richard Ramirez, yet also as admirable to others as Bill
Clinton or Michael Jordan.
In the hands of many other directors, Kevorkian's biopic could have
been treated more like a farce based on the doctor's past
eccentricities, such as showing up in court wearing a powdered wig. Of
course, Kevorkian's unabashed behaviors in front of camera lenses are
depicted in this film, but fortunately, the details of his assisted
suicides are not ever given any sugar coated treatments.
"You Don't Know Jack" tells the story about Dr. Kevorkian we should
already know. Taking place from approximately 1990-1999, the film takes
us from Kevorkian's days of being an unemployed physician to the trial
that brought an end to his morally questionable practice for good. The
lighting throughout this film is dark and often times dreary, but never
dull thanks foremost to an impressive performance by Al Pacino that may
be his best since "Scent of a Woman".
When watching this film, there was rarely a moment where I thought to
myself, "That's Al Pacino playing Dr. Kevorkian". Pacino's signature
eyes and husky voice are still ever present, but he disappears into his
role so effectively that I found myself saying, "That is Dr.
Kevorkian". Not only is that feat so hard to accomplish for an actor so
iconic as Pacino, but it's also hard to play someone who most of the
American public knew so well from being on TV all the time.
While it's impressive for Pacino to play the Jack we do know, he plays
the Jack many "don't know" with a wry wit that makes an appealing
character, even if you don't agree with assisted suicide. A great scene
involved Pacino delving a subtle verbal blow to protesters outside his
apartment building. When he says that the God he believes in, namely
Johann Sebastian Bach, isn't imaginary like the God the protesters
believe in, you can't help but laugh. I'm Catholic, and I thought it
However, this movie's strength comes in its nonjudgmental view on
Kevorkian's practices. The movie never tells you how you should feel,
but also clears up the notion that Kevorkian practiced his assisted
suicides with reckless abandon. Many of the suicides in the movie focus
on the patients themselves, and their absolute certainty that they want
their suffering to end. Of course, leaving their loved ones is their
hardest decision, something the film indeed recognizes. Is it still
wrong? This movie doesn't tell, nor should it.
What's interesting, though, is the focus on Pacino's eyes during the
scene where he performs his first procedure. They move back and forth
on the screen as the operation continues, and don't try to mask any
emotion of any kind. It could mean that Kevorkian doesn't care about
his patients, or that he cares enough about them to keep the procedure
as precise as possible. The main point: You decide.
The same is true for Kevorkian's unabashed character on camera. It's
all here in this film, but director Barry Levinson resists the
temptation for Pacino as Kevorkian to wink and nod at the camera.
Considering Levinson directed excellent character-centric comedy/dramas
like "Good Morning Vietnam" and "Man of the Year", the temptation must
have been there. Fortunately, he used his knack for dramas like
"Rainman" and "Avalon" instead, and the effect worked wonders.
The supporting cast behind Pacino is excellent. Danny Huston is
fantastic as Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian's successful lawyer, and is
equally as good interacting with Pacino as he is in the courtroom
scenes. Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Sarandon, and John Goodman are great
supporting members of this film as colleagues who believe in
Kevorkian's mission, but also have the outside vantage point to know
what he's inevitably destined for.
Whether you agree with Kevorkian's practices or not, it is impossible
not to be compelled by this movie. The story draws you in, the
characters are well developed in all the right areas, and it doesn't
take more than five minutes for Pacino to convince you he is Dr. Jack
Kevorkian. Do you know Jack by the end of this film? I'm still not
sure. But I know an excellent movie when I see one, and this deserves
10 stars. See it!
Tags for You Don't Know Jack (TV Movie 2010) Full Movie
, Al Pacino
, Brenda Vaccaro
, Deirdre O'Connell
, Henny Russell
, Henry Strozier
, James Urbaniak
, Jennifer Mudge
, Jeremy Bobb
, John Goodman
, Neil Brooks Cunningham
, Rutanya Alda
, Sandra Seacat
, Susan Sarandon
, Todd Susman
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