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You Don't Know Jack (2010)

A look at the life and work of doctor-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

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Barry Levinson

Writer:

Adam Mazer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Pacino ... Jack Kevorkian
Brenda Vaccaro ... Margo Janus
John Goodman ... Neal Nicol
Deirdre O'Connell ... Linda
Todd Susman ... Stan Levy
Adam Lubarsky Adam Lubarsky ... Brian Russell
Jennifer Mudge ... Female Reporter
Jeremy Bobb ... David Rivlin
Rutanya Alda ... Vendor
James Urbaniak ... Jack Lessenberry
Henny Russell ... Oakhill Spokesperson
Henry Strozier ... Oakhill Doctor
Sandra Seacat ... Janet Adkins
Neil Brooks Cunningham ... Rod Adkins
Susan Sarandon ... Janet Good
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Storyline

Dr. Jack Kevorkian (1928 - 2011 ) in the 1990s, when he defies Michigan law assisting the suicide of terminally-ill persons. Support comes from his sister, a lab tech, the Hemlock Society president, and a lawyer. The child of survivors of the Armenian genocide interviews applicants: his sister video tapes them. He assembles a device allowing a person to initiate a three-chemical intravenous drip. The local D.A., the governor, and the Legislature respond. In court scenes, Kevorkian is sometimes antic. He's single-minded about giving dying individuals the right to determine how their lives will end. He wants the Supreme Court to rule. He picks a fight he can't win: is it hubris or heroism? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This woman wants to die on her own terms. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

HBO [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jack Kevorkian Project See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Based on Neal Nicol's and Harry Wylie's novel, "Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Assisted Suicide Machine and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia." It was published by Vision in 2006. See more »

Goofs

In the Channel 7 news report after the first patient passes away, the reporter refers to Lake Orion, and pronounces it like the constellation Orion (oh-rye-on). The correct pronunciation of the town is OR-ee-un. See more »

Quotes

Geoffery Fieger: I'm going to kick your ass 'til my legs fall off.
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Referenced in Biography: Al Pacino: Inside Out (2001) See more »

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" Man has no right to kill himself, that choice belongs to the District Attorney "
25 April 2010 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

Throughout the history of Mankind, there are a plethora of unique individuals who stand as giants as they have changed the world. Columbus, Gailieo, Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, have all fought a prevailing notion of a given era. To this famous list one can add the dedicated Dr. Jack Kavorkian. Born May 26, 1928 is an American pathologist, right-to-die activist and painter. His life is the center of this movie called " You don't know Jack. " Al Pacino, who bears an astonish resemblance, plays Dr. Jack Kevorkian and does an incredible job. Other notable thespians like Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Sarandon, John Goodman and Danny Huston all appear like towering pillars in a magnificent temple. Together their performance allows the audience to view the good doctor in his Herculeion task of establishing a man's right to die. Despite being ostracized, ridiculed, vilified, hounded and even imprisoned, Kavorkian continued and in the minds of millions of rational people, his struggle established the precedent for humans, not a puritanical government, to chose the time to die. Pacino's performance is exceptional and this movie will become a Classic for future audiences. Recommended to anyone willing to listen. ****


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