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Jack (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy  |  9 August 1996 (USA)
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Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

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The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance causes him lots of problems, however. Written by Bob Gohari <bgohari@earthlink.net>

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Jack Powell is about to tackle his biggest adventure ever...fifth grade! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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

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Release Date:

9 August 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Джак  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,191,496 (USA) (9 August 1996)


$58,586,889 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack's condition (of aging four times faster than usual) is a somewhat exaggerated but nevertheless real illness, known as Werner Syndrome. See more »


Jack ages at four times the standard rate and has always been this way. This doesn't necessarily mean that all his metabolic functions have been so accelerated. For example, it's okay if his beard doesn't grow at four times the standard rate. See more »


Jack: Miss Marquez, I was thinking that maybe if you didn't have anything to do, you might want to go to the dance with me. It'd be really, really fun.
Miss Marquez: Oh, Jackie.
Jack: So you wanna go? My mom will drive us.
Miss Marquez: Jack, you don't wanna go with me. I'm an old lady.
Jack: That's why. That's why I wanna go with you. I can't go with the girls my age, because I look so much older than them. You look just like me.
[moves in quickly, kisses her on the lips and smiles nervously]
Miss Marquez: [stunned] Jackie. Jack. You are still a very ...
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At the end of the music, Jack's classmates can be heard calling for him to come out and play. See more »


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One of those rare movies with a real message
23 November 2005 | by (Klagenfurt, Austria) – See 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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