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You Don't Know Jack (2010)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  24 April 2010 (USA)
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A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Russell
Female Reporter
David Rivlin
Henny Russell ...
Oakhill Spokesperson
Oakhill Doctor
Janet Adkins
Rod Adkins


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 <>

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This man wants you to die on your own terms. See more »


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24 April 2010 (USA)  »

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Untitled Jack Kevorkian Project  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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During initial production, this was developed as a feature film before it became a television film. See more »


Compact Florescent (CFL) light bulbs are visible in the kitchen at the lake house. These bulbs were not widely available in the period of time this film takes place. See more »


Dick Thompson: [Jack Kevorkian takes the stand, Thompson is the prosecutor] Can we all presume just for the hell of it that we are really in a courtroom, okay? That there is a judge and a jury and real witnesses?
Jack Kevorkian: No, I will not presume. I refuse to presume.
Dick Thompson: Can we presume that this is a real trial here?
Jack Kevorkian: No, we can't. Because there's no law here. Am I wrong?
Dick Thompson: You're wrong!
Jack Kevorkian: Prove it. Cite to me one common law case of assisted suicide. One.
Dick Thompson: I will ask the questions...
Jack Kevorkian: Go ahead. I'm listening. We're all waiting.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.80 (2011) See more »


Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone All'Unisuono
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what an excellent film
26 April 2010 | by (Turkey) – See all my reviews

Excellence! What a great production! All the way with the acting,writing,directing,cinematography,music and editing.All superb. I'm just happy how compalling and how well-thought this movie was. It takes you to a man's story about life and death and how it all goes down when the life turns its back on people and how different people respond to them. The thing that really captivated me was that how people's reactions and choices differed from each other in this movie.It reminded me of all the same things that are happening around me.Wel...I've never been a big Pacino fan but wrong was i! What else to say?! It's just great.Please see it.

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