You Don't Know Jack (film)

You Don't Know Jack
Written by Adam Mazer
Directed by Barry Levinson
Starring Al Pacino
Danny Huston
Susan Sarandon
John Goodman
Brenda Vaccaro
Theme music composer Marcelo Zarvos
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Scott Ferguson
Lydia Dean
Steve Lee Jones[1]
Cinematography Eigil Bryld
Editor(s) Aaron Yanes
Running time 134 minutes
Production company(s) Bee Holder Productions[2]
Budget $18 million
Original network HBO
Original release April 24, 2010 (2010-04-24)

You Don't Know Jack is a 2010 television film directed by Barry Levinson and starring Al Pacino as Jack Kevorkian, based in part on the book, Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia.[3] The film was shot in the New York boroughs of Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, as well as Detroit, Michigan, and surrounding areas (where the film also takes place). At the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, Al Pacino won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, along with the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award in 2011 for his role as Kevorkian. The film was also nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards.


The film focuses on the life and work of physician-assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, who advocated the idea of doctor-assisted suicide. His aim was to help the hopeless patients who are suffering debilitating pain to commit suicide effortlessly.[4]



The film was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and won two: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for Al Pacino and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special for Adam Mazer. Pacino also won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance.


  1. Ferrell, David (April 23, 2010), "Trying to get to the heart of Jack Kevorkian", Los Angeles Times
  2. Srawgow, Michael (August 27, 2010), "Steve Lee Jones knows 'Jack'", Baltimore Sun
  3. Stated in the film's credits
  4. Stanley, Alessandra (April 22, 2010), "A Doctor With a Prescription for Headlines", The New York Times, retrieved 10 July 2012

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