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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 ... 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 house. However, when Sarah goes into labor, 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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She's not proper, she's not fitting, she's not British, but to Jack she's a breath of fresh air. 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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Rea refused the part of Jack. 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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Window of Hope
Composed by Oleta Adams
Published by Sage'n Sun Music
Performed by Oleta Adams
Courtesy of Phonogram Records
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Sweet little film deserves more attention.
13 February 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

I knew little about Jack and Sarah the first time I saw it-it did little or no business in the theatres. In fact, my reason to choose it was based solely on Samantha Mathis being in it. When I see her on the screen, I get a nice, warm glow. Samantha Mathis is a doll, as she is in this film.

But pleasantly, surprisingly, the film itself is a little doll as well..

I didn't know I'd also be getting Dame Judi Dench, and Ian McEllen (in a wonderful performance), but there they were, no extra charge.

The theme of the film stumbles once and awhile through some very difficult territory-young urban exec loses his wife during childbirth and is forced to reexamine his life, and rediscover the meaning of love through this beautiful little girl. And the help of an assortment of well-meaning misfits, of course.

Richard E Grant does a marvelous job as Jack, who recreates himself, and betters himself, against all odds.

A sweet little movie worth seeing.

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