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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Leary
Norman Strick
Mr. Festinger
Erica Yohn ...
Elizabeth Leary
Carl Gabriel Yorke ...
Gordon Layton
Mrs. Festinger
Lorinne Vozoff ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Justin Mosley Spink ...
Dexter Mitchell


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pequeño papá  »

Box Office


$5,145,462 (USA)

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Did You Know?


In 1992, Danny DeVito had played The Penguin in Batman Returns (1992), and Gary Sinise had played George in Of Mice and Men (1992). Both roles were previously played by Burgess Meredith. See more »


Jack refers to the Oakland A's after they won the '72 series as the 'Amazin A's'. The actual nickname was the 'Swingin A's' 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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A heart-warming overlooked classic.
17 January 2005 | by (Stockholm) – See all my reviews

I bet you like me have lots of movies you saw when you were younger, and you remember them being great. Then, years later you get to see these movies, and they aren't that great, you understand that you've grown and that your taste in movies has changed...still some of "those" movies remain "classics" to you. I have a few of those movies...when I saw that Jack The Bear was coming out on DVD, I ordered a copy right away. I hadn't seen this movie since 93-95. I remember it being very powerful, even got my older brother in tears. Although, I wasn't sure how I would find it now 10-11 years later. I must say, it's truly a very powerful drama. It's very very touching, never seen De Vito this good, the kids, Senise etc - Everyone/everything is great. It's a very heart-warming story, and it feels very "real". It's truly a "classic" movie, and I must say I even appreciate it more now that I've grown up (26 years old).

Still - One of my favorite movies.


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