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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. Loving, but useless at the daily job of fathering, the... See more »

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John Leary
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Jack Leary
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Dylan Leary
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Norman Strick
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Mr. Festinger
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Father-in-Law
Erica Yohn ...
Mother-in-Law
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Elizabeth Leary
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Peggy Etinger
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Karen Morris
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Mitchell
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Gordon Layton
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Mrs. Festinger
Lorinne Vozoff ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Justin Mosley Spink ...
Dexter Mitchell
Jahary Bennett ...
Michael
Lillian Hightower Domio ...
Mrs. Sampson
Troy W. Slaten ...
Edward Festinger
Jessica Steinmiller ...
Katie Festinger
Douglas Tolbert ...
Ray
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Vince Buccini
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Det. John Marker
Charles Dugan ...
Mr. Strick
Marion Dugan ...
Mrs. Strick
Sam Freed ...
Mr. Morris
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Mrs. Morris
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Cop
Robert Dunn ...
Construction Worker
Christy Botkin ...
Nursery School Teacher
Vonna Bowen ...
Nurse
Steven McCall ...
Studio Technician
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Grad Student (as Donovan Leitch)
Sarah Bork ...
Grad Student
Dena Goodmanson ...
Grad Student
Paul Wilson ...
Street Worker
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Street Worker
George E. Clayton Jr. ...
Backhoe Driver
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Sondra
Kelly Connell ...
Fireman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Annie Molnar ...
Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by

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Marshall Herskovitz

Written by

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Dan McCall ... (novel)
 
Steven Zaillian ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Peter Burrell ... associate producer
Bruce Gilbert ... producer
Ron Yerxa ... executive producer

Music by

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James Horner

Cinematography by

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Fred Murphy

Film Editing by

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Steven Rosenblum

Editorial Department

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Bobby Bell ... apprentice editor
Gary Burritt ... negative cutter
Robert Frazen ... associate editor
Debra Lovatelli ... post-production coordinator (as Debra Michael Petro)
William Pine ... color timer (as Bill Pine)
Michael Rafferty ... apprentice editor
Cynthia E. Thornton ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Mary Goldberg

Production Design by

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Lilly Kilvert

Art Direction by

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John Warnke

Costume Design by

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Deborah Lynn Scott

Makeup Department

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Katalin Elek ... makeup artist
Zoltan Elek ... makeup artist
Kaye Pownall ... hair stylist
Jan Van Uchelen ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Peter Burrell ... unit production manager
Gary Stanek ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mathew Dunne ... second assistant director
Joanne Keene Hall ... dga trainee
Nilo Otero ... first assistant director
Marge Piane ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Terry Adams ... swing gang
Carl Aldana ... sketch artist
Peter Alvarez ... propmaker
Aaron Anderson ... propmaker
Frank Anderson ... swing gang
Robert Anderson ... propmaker
Scott Annand ... propmaker
Kinney Booker ... swing gang
Len Borggrebe ... propmaker
Sam Brinson ... propmaker
Frank Cappiello ... head greensman
Paul B. Challman ... propmaker
Arthur Clever ... propmaker
Phil Coffman ... propmaker
John Elmendorf ... propmaker
Michael Loren Elmer ... drapery
Victor Espinoza ... propmaker
Mike Fiore ... propmaker
Chris Fix ... propmaker
Steven Getz ... propmaker
Eric Giese ... labor foreman
Joanna Gilliam ... on-set dresser
Jeff Goldberg ... propmaker
Brian Grieve ... propmaker
Gary Hashimoto ... propmaker
Stephen Howard ... propmaker
Donald Johnson ... propmaker
Mark Joyce ... propmaker
Tedd Keith ... propmaker
Glen Kennedy ... set dresser / swing gang
Tom Kimbrell ... propmaker
Otto Longren ... propmaker
Perry Lotta ... propmaker
Robert Louden ... greensman
Anthony J. Martin ... labor foreman
Todd McKibben ... propmaker
Chuck McSorley ... lead man
Henry Mendoza ... propmaker
Luis Mirassou ... propmaker
Nick Navarro ... assistant art director
Erik L. Nelson ... property master
David P. Newell ... assistant property master
Bob Nickloff ... propmaker
Charles Nixon III ... lead man
Robert Perry ... propmaker
Randy Provencio ... propmaker
Mark Rasmussen ... propmaker
Paul Roberts ... propmaker
Robert Butch Samarzich ... set dresser
Bruce Sartorius ... propmaker
Gary Schorr ... propmaker
William Solomon ... stand-by painter
Kirk Tarouilly ... propmaker
Jim Tholen ... propmaker
John Thompson ... greensman
Randy Torpin ... propmaker
James F. Truesdale ... set designer
Frank Tucker ... propmaker
Timothy Joseph Turk ... propmaker
Dennis Yeager II ... propmaker
Richard Yeager ... propmaker
Kinney Booker ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Petra Bach ... supervising adr editor
Gregg Barbanell ... foley artist
Bill Bateman ... sound recordist
Bob Biggart ... adr mixer
Brad Brock ... adr mixer
Don Coufal ... boom operator
Chris David ... re-recording mixer
Teri E. Dorman ... sound editor
Gary S. Gerlich ... sound editor
Gregory M. Gerlich ... supervising sound editor
Jeff Gomillion ... adr mixer
Ron S. Herbes ... assistant sound editor
Gary Holland ... cable operator
William Jacobs ... sound editor
Jerry Jacobson ... sound editor
Nathan Kaproff ... contractor
Richard LeGrand Jr. ... sound editor
Diane Marshall ... foley artist
Troy Porter ... foley mixer
Kelly J. Quinn ... assistant sound editor
Robert Renga ... sound recordist
Sergio Reyes ... re-recording mixer
Sharon Rice ... second engineer
Tex Rudloff ... re-recording mixer
Harry E. Snodgrass ... sound editor
Robert Ulrich ... adr editor
Jeff Wexler ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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William Lee ... special effects
Dick Wood ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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David Emerson ... optical lineup
Alan Munro ... optical designer

Stunts

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Richard Drown ... stunts
Debbie Evans ... stunts
Jerry Gatlin ... stunts
William Shane Grisco ... stunts (as William S. Grisco)
Loren Janes ... stunt coordinator
Tony Jefferson ... stunts (as Anthony M. Jefferson)
Bobby Porter ... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross ... stunts
Fred Scialla ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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George Ball ... rigging gaffer
Chuck Brown ... dolly grip (as Charles D. Brown)
David Christie ... best boy grip
Brad Edmiston ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Steve Givens ... rigging best boy
Melinda Sue Gordon ... still photographer
Khan Griffith ... electrician
Todd Griffith ... grip
Mark Hadland ... best boy
Conrad W. Hall ... first assistant camera
Sunny Johnson ... rigging grip
Ian Kincaid ... gaffer
Robin Alan Knight ... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Dennis M. Kuneff ... rigging key grip
Dickinson H. Luke ... rigging electrician
John T. Martin ... grip
Craig Molsberry ... electrician
Dayton Nietert ... rigging gaffer
Frank Perl ... camera operator: "b" camera
Michael J. Selph ... second second assistant camera
Philip Sloan ... best boy grip
Alan Sowles ... best boy
Cliff Sperry ... grip (as Clifford Sperry)
Michael Stone ... camera operator
Victor Svimonoff ... electrician
Chuck Whelan ... second assistant camera: "a" camera

Casting Department

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James Adams ... casting associate
Jane Brody ... casting: Midwest
Amy Lippens ... casting associate
Steve Spiker ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Myron Baker ... set costumer
Dallas D. Dornan ... costumer
Mari Grimaud ... costumer
Mark Peterson ... costumer
Deahdra Scarano ... costumer
Vincent Sembera ... tailor

Location Management

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William Bowling ... location manager
Kristan Wagner ... location manager

Music Department

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Alex Gibson ... music editor
Ralph Grierson ... musician
Clayton Haslop ... musician
Jim Henrikson ... music editor
James Horner ... musician
George A. Martin ... music editor
Shawn Murphy ... score mixer
Joe E. Rand ... assistant music editor
Ian Underwood ... musician
James Walker ... musician

Transportation Department

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David Jernigan ... transportation co-captain
James Nordberg ... transportation
Jack Sander ... picture car coordinator / transportation coordinator
James C. Taylor ... transportation coordinator
Skip Wilson ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Christina Bennett ... assistant production office coordinator
Bill Brand ... production assistant
Stanley Brossette ... unit publicist
Bethany Brown ... production accountant
Kathie Broyles ... title designer
Deborah A. Cornett ... assistant production accountant
Teira Doom ... assistant production accountant
Shari Douglas ... Stand-in for Robert Steinmiller Jr. (as Shari Ann Douglas)
Jennifer Garwal ... assistant: Ron Yerxa
Mario Z. Gonzalez ... caterer
Lisa Halperin ... production assistant
Joshua Levinson ... assistant: Mr. Devito
Debra Lovatelli ... assistant: Marshall Herskovitz (as Debra Michael Petro)
Bill McCamey ... construction nurse
Jeffrey Moznett ... production assistant
Nancy Neumann ... studio teacher
Jeffrey A. Okun ... title designer (as Jeffrey Okun)
Ramon Pahoyo ... craft service
Roger Parkinson Jr. ... post-production accountant
Onyea Ponder ... accounting clerk
Mary T. Quigley ... first aid (as Mary Quigley)
Michael Risoli ... production assistant
Myra Rosenthal ... teacher
Tynan R. Schmidt ... assistant: Bruce Gilbert
Nanette Siegert ... production coordinator
David Stern ... production assistant
Marion Tumen ... script supervisor
Laurie Arnow-Epstein ... construction accountant (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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. 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 TV program, and also to the kidnapping of youngest son Dylan (Miko Hughes) by a disturbed neo-Nazi supporter. Written by David Holmes

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Taglines Laugh. Cry. Hold on tight. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Jack der Bär (Germany)
  • My Dad - Ein ganz unglaublicher Vater (Germany)
  • Mein Vater, mein Freund (Germany)
  • Jack el Oso (Spain)
  • Jack, a mackó (Hungary)
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  • 99 min
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Trivia 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 »
Goofs The stuffed dog on the living room floor of Karen's house. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cop and a Half/The Adventures of Huck Finn/Jack the Bear/The Opposite Sex How to Live with Them/Intervista (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Darkness, Darkness See more »
Quotes John Leary: We're at a crossroads, can you feel it? It's dark down there and there are things nobody wants to meet in the dark. Whether we'll come out on the other side, hating everything and everybody, I don't know.
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