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Jack & Sarah (1995)

A young American woman becomes a nanny in the home of a recent British widower.


Tim Sullivan


Tim Sullivan

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Jack (as Richard E Grant)
Samantha Mathis ... Amy
Judi Dench ... Margaret
Eileen Atkins ... Phil
Cherie Lunghi ... Anna
Imogen Stubbs ... Sarah
David Swift David Swift ... Michael
Kate Hardie ... Pamela
Laurent Grévill Laurent Grévill ... Alain
Ian McKellen ... William
Bianca Lee Bianca Lee ... Baby Sarah
Sophia Lee Sophia Lee ... Baby Sarah
Sophia Sullivan Sophia Sullivan ... Sarah as a Toddler
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ... Nathaniel
Tracy Thorne ... Susan


Jack always lands on his feet. He lands on his feet when he marries the beautiful Sarah. He lands on his feet when he buys a luxurious new home. However, when Sarah goes into labour, he takes a tumble down the stairs and lands on his head. When he comes around he discovers he is the proud father of a baby girl, but deficient in the spouse department to the tune of 1. He hires the help of a novice nanny, but at the end of the day, it's Jack who's left holding the baby. Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>

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Sometimes... it's the little things in life that bring people together. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, mild sensuality and language | See all certifications »



France | UK



Release Date:

22 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akachan ni banzai!? See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,034,230 (United Kingdom), 16 June 1995

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


To promote the film, its advertisements offered a money-back guarantee for anybody who didn't enjoy it when it came out in the cinema. See more »


Jack: Please don't make me angry, I'm not very good at it and it upsets me for the rest of the day.
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Unfinished Sympathy
Composed by Grant Marshall (as Marshall) / Andrew Vowles (as Fowles) / Robert Del Naja (as Del Naja) / Jonathan Sharp (as Sharp) / Shara Nelson (as Nelson)
Published by Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Massive Attack
Courtesy of Circa/Virgin Records
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Very charming, impeccably acted
30 May 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There are several reasons why I wanted to see Jack & Sarah, and a couple of them are to do with one or two of the cast members. I am a huge fan of Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, and when I saw they were going to be in the same film together, I thought to myself this movie is going to be good! Overall, I was not disappointed. Some parts are slow, but the acting more than made up for it. Tim Sullivan's direction ensured that the film didn't get too sentimental, though some of it is very sweet and poignant, and the script is honest and touching. Jack & Sarah is very nice to look at too, the cinematography and scenery are both lovely, and the music is very warm and inviting. But the real delight is the acting; Richard E.Grant is very good as the high-flying lawyer/bumbling father figure, while Samantha Mathis is appealing as the nanny who falls for her employer. However, Ian McKellen as the tramp-cum-butler in a class of his own and Judi Dench as Margaret are the ones who steal the show, while Eileen Atkins gives terrific support. Overall, very nice and charming film. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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