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:
Adam Lubarsky ...
Brian Russell
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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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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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" Man has no right to kill himself, that choice belongs to the District Attorney "
25 April 2010 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Throughout the history of Mankind, there are a plethora of unique individuals who stand as giants as they have changed the world. Columbus, Gailieo, Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, have all fought a prevailing notion of a given era. To this famous list one can add the dedicated Dr. Jack Kavorkian. Born May 26, 1928 is an American pathologist, right-to-die activist and painter. His life is the center of this movie called " You don't know Jack. " Al Pacino, who bears an astonish resemblance, plays Dr. Jack Kevorkian and does an incredible job. Other notable thespians like Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman and Danny Huston all appear like towering pillars in a magnificent temple. Together their performance allows the audience to view the good doctor in his Herculeion task of establishing a man's right to die. Despite being ostracized, ridiculed, vilified, hounded and even imprisoned, Kavorkian continued and in the minds of millions of rational people, his struggle established the precedent for humans, not a puritanical government, to chose the time to die. Pacino's performance is exceptional and this movie will become a Classic for future audiences. Recommended to anyone willing to listen. ****

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