Featurette for You Don't Know Jack takes an in-depth look at the real Jack Kevorkian and his influence on the film's production.
The first trailer for HBO Films' You Don't Know Jack.
Kevorkian, known as Dr. Death, assisted in more than 130 suicides. After willingly sending a videotape of himself euthanizing a terminally ill man to 60 Minutes, he was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder and spent eight years in prison before getting paroled in 2007.
Loosely based on Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie s book Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian s Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia, the HBO film follows Kevorkian s (Pacino) rise as he builds his infamous Mercy Machine and sets out to perform assisted suicides while waging an epic legal battles defending a patient s right to die.
John Goodman will play Nicol, a friend and co-worker of Kevorkian since 1961 and a steadfast supporter of the right to die.
Susan Sarandon will play Janet Good, an activist with the Hemlock Society who becomes one of Jack s staunchest supporters, working side by side with him to make humane suicide available to the terminally ill and suffering.
Feature trailer for You Don't Know Jack.
You Don't Know Jack begins as 61-year-old former pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian (Al Pacino) launches his crusade to provide what he considers to be a humane and dignified option for the terminally ill - assisted suicide. Aided by his loyal friend Neal Nicol (John Goodman) and his older sister Margo Janus (Brenda Vaccaro), Kevorkian begins offering his 'death counseling' services to a grateful and burgeoning clientele. He earns the support of Hemlock Society activist Janet Good (Susan Sarandon) and the wrath of the county prosecutor's office.
Talented and flamboyant attorney Geoffrey Fieger (Danny Huston) agrees to represent Kevorkian in court at no charge, and Jack is repeatedly exonerated, despite the impassioned efforts of his detractors. As the media catapults him to the forefront of national news coverage, Kevorkian continues his work, assisting more than one hundred patients who end their lives. Provocative, obstinate and complex, Jack ultimately risks it all in his fervor to change the prevailing laws and challenge society's attitude towards the right to die.
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