The Truth About Jack

You do not know jack ( You Do not Know Jack ) is a TV movie American directed by Barry Levinson , distributed to United States in April 2010 on HBO . In France, the telefilm was broadcast in September 2010 on Orange Cinémax , and in December 2011 on Ciné + Premier .

The film is based on the life of Jack Kevorkian , nicknamed D r Death .


In the early 1990s in the United States, active euthanasia has no legal existence. Doctor Jack Kevorkian begins to practice assisted suicide on patients wishing to die: he manufactures a device that allows a patient to trigger a lethal injection himself. He is prosecuted several times, but wins every time.

Wishing to push the debate further, he eventually injected the lethal substances himself to a patient. His gesture is mediated by a report of the television program 60 Minutes . A new trial commits, which he loses this time. He is sentenced to several years in prison. He is released after eight years.

Data sheet

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  • Original title: You Do not Know Jack
  • French Title: La Vérité sur Jack
  • Directed by: Barry Levinson
  • Screenplay: Adam Mazer
  • Art Direction: Mark Ricker
  • Decors: Rena DeAngelo
  • Costumes: Rita Ryack
  • Photography: Eigil Bryld
  • Editing: Aaron Yanes
  • Music: Marcelo Zarvos
  • Production: Scott Ferguson
Executive Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, Tom Fontana , Steve Lee Jones, Barry Levinson and Glenn Rigberg
Associate Producers: Drew Gallagher, Stephen Markey III and Troy Powers
  • Production Companies: Bee Holder Productions, Cine Mosaic, HBO Films and Royal Oak Films
  • Distribution Company: HBO (United States)
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Original language: English
  • Format: color / black and white – 1.78: 1 – 35 mm
  • Genre: drama , biography
  • Duration: 134 minutes
  • Dates on TV 1 :
    •  United States :
    •  France :


  • Al Pacino (VF: José Luccioni ) : D r . Jack Kevorkian
  • Brenda Vaccaro : Margo Janus
  • John Goodman (VF: Jacques Frantz ) : Neal Nicol
  • Deirdre O’Connell : Linda
  • Todd Susman : Stan Levy
  • Adam Lubarsky : Brian Russell
  • Jennifer Mudge : The Reporter
  • Susan Sarandon : Janet Good
  • Danny Huston (VF: Lionel Tua ) : Geoffrey Fieger
  • James Urbaniak : Jack Lessenberry
  • Rutanya Alda : Vendor
  • Jeremy Bobb : David Rivlin