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Jack (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 9 August 1996 (USA)
Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Powell
... Karen Powell
... Brian Powell
... Miss Marquez
... Lawrence Woodruff
... Dolores 'D.D.' Durante
... Louis 'Louie' Durante
... Eddie
Seth Smith ... John-John
... George
... Johnny Duffer (as Jeremy Lelliott)
... Phoebe (as Jurnee Smollett)
Dani Faith ... Jane
Hugo Hernandez ... Victor
Rickey D'Shon Collins ... Eric
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Storyline

The movie is about a boy with a unique aging disorder: one that makes him age 4 times faster than normal. It picks up when Jack (Robin Williams) is 10 years old, but looks 40. He tries to go to public school for the first time, and to become friends with kids his own age. His physical appearance causes him lots of problems, however. Written by Bob Gohari <bgohari@earthlink.net>

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He's a healthy ten-year-old who's growing four times faster than normal. Now he's ready for the biggest adventure of his life...5th grade. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »

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9 August 1996 (USA)  »

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Džekas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,191,496, 11 August 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,620,973
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jack's condition, of aging four times faster than usual, is a somewhat exaggerated; but nevertheless a real illness, known as Werner Syndrome. See more »

Goofs

Jack tells his class that his birthday is on September 12, but his parents were at a Halloween party the night he was born. See more »

Quotes

Principal McGee: Jack, how would you like to see your classroom?
Jack: [quietly] Yes.
Principal McGee: A little louder.
Jack: [even more quietly] Yes.
Principal McGee: A little louder, Jack.
Jack: [shouts loudly] YES!
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Crazy Credits

The initial end credits list the actors as clips of each one is shown. However, when Robin Williams is listed, a clip of Jack as a baby is shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Patch Adams (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Senza Perdono
By Carmine Coppola
Performed by Santo & Johnny (as Santo and Johnny)
Courtesy of BMG Records/BMG Entertainment
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Coppola's valentine to childhood; maudlin, yes...but forgivably so
31 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

A curiosity coming from Francis Ford Coppola (who also co-produced for Zoetrope) has pregnant Diane Lane going into labor after only two months, delivering a healthy-seeming baby boy (when she pleads to her husband in the delivery room, "It's too soon!", it's rather an understatement). Doctors have never seen another child like this, yet quickly determine the boy has an internal clock which is ahead of itself by four times the average rate, meaning that when Jack is ten-years old he'll look like a man of forty. This peculiar movie gimmick aside, what we really have here is Robin Williams back in grade school. Although this may sound perfectly inexcusable, not to mention somewhat derivative, it isn't a silly movie (at least, not at its core) and has good acting. Williams manages to hold back a bit from his usual barrage of vocal effects and facial expressions, and a few of his scenes are peddled quite softly (as they were in "Awakenings"). Also quite fine are Bill Cosby as Jack's initial tutor and Jennifer Lopez as his schoolteacher. The little boys are way over-the-top, and some of their gross-out talk is just stupid (they hole up in a tree house, equipped with TV, looking at nudie magazines--probably an attempt to mirror grown-ups but it plays sour). Oddly, Coppola can't stop himself from ultimately tugging at the old heartstrings, and not just once but for an entire sequence and an epilogue! I could have done without the "seven years later" bit, but for the most part this is a warm family comedy with a bigger heart than it knows what to do with. ** from ****


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