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Jack the Bear (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  2 April 1993 (USA)
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Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the onus falls on... See full summary »

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John Leary
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Norman Strick
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Mr. Festinger
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Mitchell
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Danny De Vito is a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the onus falls on plucky Jack the Bear (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.). De Vito's conscience, and a quantity of alcohol leads him to denounce a neo-fascist candidate on his children's TV programme - and also to the kidnapping of youngest son Dylan (Miko Hughes) by a disturbed neo-nazi supporter. Written by David Holmes <d.r.h@btinternet.com>

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Rated PG-13 for elements of theme, and for some terror | See all certifications »

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$5,145,462 (USA)
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Principal photography was completed in the summer of 1991, but the film's post-production lasted over a year. The creative team decided to film more footage with Danny DeVito; however, the actor had other prior commitments that kept the film from being completed. Director Marshall Herskovitz and producer Bruce Gilbert initially clashed in the editing room but they ultimately patched up their differences and worked as a team. In July 1992, DeVito's additional scenes were filmed. The film was finished in October, but the studio's Christmas schedule had already been filled and it ultimately was released in April 1993. See more »

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At the end when Jack is playing the piano, Dylan comes downstairs and starts walking towards him. In the next shot, Dylan is back at the stairs again. See more »

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Jack Leary: I thought I knew all about monsters. I used to watch them late at night on Dad's TV show. After we moved to Oakland, he stopped doing kid's shows, because he was different now. Everything was different. Now he was Al Gory, monster of ceremonies at Midnight Shriek.
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Concerto for Piano & Orchestra No. 21, C Major, K. 467 Allegro Maestro (Cadena M. Perahia)
Performed by Murray Perahia and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Courtesy of Sony Classical
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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dark, but honest
25 July 2004 | by (Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

I found "Jack The Bear" to be a touching, honest portrayal of how life's trying times effect us, bring us closer together, and teach us to carry on. I found the acting very good and the dialogue believable. Devito does a good job in delivering his character earnestly, and his comic genius is well employed through his character's job as a movie host. Gary Senise does his usual fine job and the young actors are all excellent. The flashbacks of the mother are done tastefully, and though a dark film, it is entertaining and enjoyable. The scenes of the neighborhood kids interacting are accurate and the dialogue very natural and real. The attitudes of that era are captured quite accurately as well. I recommend this film highly.


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