Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional clown, whose wife's death in a car accident has left him to care for his two young boys.

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Dan McCall (novel), Steven Zaillian (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny DeVito ... John Leary
Robert J. Steinmiller Jr. ... Jack Leary
Miko Hughes ... Dylan Leary
Gary Sinise ... Norman Strick
Art LaFleur ... Mr. Festinger
Stefan Gierasch ... Father-in-Law
Erica Yohn Erica Yohn ... Mother-in-Law
Andrea Marcovicci ... Elizabeth Leary
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Peggy Etinger
Reese Witherspoon ... Karen Morris
Bert Remsen ... Mitchell
Carl Gabriel Yorke ... Gordon Layton
Lee Garlington ... Mrs. Festinger
Lorinne Vozoff Lorinne Vozoff ... Mrs. Mitchell
Justin Mosley Spink Justin Mosley Spink ... Dexter Mitchell
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Storyline

Danny DeVito is John Leary, a professional horror host "Al Gory"; 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.) Leary's conscience, and a quantity of alcohol, leads him to denounce a neo-fascist candidate on his children's television program, 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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Laugh. Cry. Hold on tight.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »

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The stuffed dog on the living room floor of Karen's house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Gimme Some Lovin'
Written by Steve Winwood (as Stevie Winwood), Muff Winwood and Spencer Davis
Performed by The Spencer Davis Group (as Spencer Davis Group)
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
by arrangement with CEMA Special Markets and Island Records Ltd.
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A heart-warming overlooked classic.
17 January 2005 | by ssannelliSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack the Bear See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,219,891, 4 April 1993

Gross USA:

$5,145,823

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,145,823
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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