Every miniseries, made-for-television movie, special, or documentary ever nominated for an Emmy Award in any category.
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Angel of mercy… or murderous “Doctor Death”? Jack Kervorkian is one of the most polarizing figures in modern American history, a man whose passionate belief that people have the right to die has brought him both praise and vilification. Oscar®- and Emmy®-winning actor Al Pacino brings “Dr. Death” to life in an all-new HBO Films presentation: You Don’t Know Jack, directed by Oscar®-winner Barry Levinson.
There was a time, many years ago, where a good Pacino performance would almost be a given but now, sadly, they are a true rarity. Thankfully there is still some evidence that his gifts haven't deserted him altogether as this HBO TV-movie attests. You Don't Know Jack is about the charmingly named Doctor Death (aka Jack Kevorkian) a man who helped assist almost 200 suicides. The film documents his struggle with the law and the far right (often the same thing) as well as the people he 'helps'.
Euthanasia is such a big and complex issue that the film largely sidesteps the debate and concentrates on Kevorkian's disputes with the law leaving the very murky middle ground well alone. Some…
God, I dare say that even you could not have out acted Al Pacino in this. He was born to play Jack Kevorkian. He left me speechless.
Jack Kevorkian understood something which very few human beings can. Many refuse to accept, even if they know it.
Death is Salvation
So who is familiar with the real life case of Dr. Jack Kevorkian who challenged the law in the 90's by assisting patients in suicide when they had no hope?. Al Pacino stars as Jack Kevorkian in Barry Levison's You Don't Know Jack from 2010 and gives one of the greatest performance's I've ever seen from him. As the film goes on one assisted suicide turns into well over 50 and one which is called murder, this might sound inhuman but just watch the film which is based on a true story and you may even be on Jacks side. It involves a massive character study where Pacino completely immerses himself into the character that at times it doesn't even…
As a good recent example of Pacino's great acting You Don’t Know Jack is a biopic so complete about Dr. Kervorkian that I even couldn't start a point to complain about it. Yes, it totally and explicity lacks the discussion about the euthanasia theme by not bringing the counterargument to light but its broad dimension gently invites us to seek a proper documentary. The movie is uniquely his.
With You Don't Know Jack, Al Pacino does something he hasn't done in decades -- HE ACTS! It's a great biopic of Dr. Jack Kevorkian wonderfully directed by Barry Levinson. They seem to go a little out of their way to tell a one-sided story under the guise of Kevorkian's point of view but it I wanted to get into a moral or legal argument I wouldn't have made it through the whole movie. The cast is great and the scene where Kevorkian tells the zealots his god wasn't invented was hysterical. You Don't Know Jack definitely has me thinking twice about dismissing made for cable movies.
WON 🏆🏆🏆 BEST Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
NOMINATED Outstanding Television Movie
NOMINATED. BEST Supporting Actor
NOMINATED BEST Supporting Actress
woaz, been wanting to watch this for some time now.
god damn it al. why are you so wonderful to me?
i'll take you over deniro ANY. FUCKING. DAY!
biopic done right.
In an ironic twist the filmmakers took an interesting true story of a charismatic man and sucked all the life out of it, turning it into quite a boring movie.
Instigante, reflexivo e assustador, o telefilme estrelado por Al Pacino escancara parte da complexidade do torto sistema de conduta moral adotado pela humanidade (pelo menos os ocidentais)...
Al Pachino got real excited when John Goodman said he wanted a glass of water
Outstanding portrait of the late Jack Kevorkian, or Dr. Death.
The man who brought euthanasia to the forefront of public knowledge and debate in the mid 90's.
Jack was determined that every person should be able to decide when they've had enough when fighting illness or enduring serious pain.
While the film obviously keeps a sympathetic corner for Dr. Death-it maintains a somewhat objective view of the fact that assisted suicide is illegal in most states and certainly frowned upon.
Pacino nails this Character with real grace and ease-a performance that actually may be one of the very best of his later career.
Barry Levinson handles this mature and controversial material in a capable and sure handed way-also making the…
REALLY GOOD. But Barry Levinson is pretty great. Al Pacino was brilliant. Like I've never seen him before. I don't think many people saw this. A small role (compared to The Godfather) since it's a HBO Films thing but he just ROCKS it. I think it's because it's really going back to what he's good at & what he loves the most: theater.
Nice to see Pacino a little more grounded but this isn't very compelling.
One great performance from Pacino, happens as a treat, which is rare enough these days.