Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Jack (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Jack” is a comedy-drama film released in 1996, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie stars Robin Williams in the titular role as Jack Powell, Diane Lane as Karen Powell, and Jennifer Lopez as Miss Marquez.

The story revolves around Jack Powell, a young boy who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Werner syndrome. As a result, Jack ages at an accelerated rate, causing him to look like a 40-year-old man when he is only ten years old.

Despite his physical appearance, Jack possesses the innocence and curiosity of a child. When he reaches school age, his parents decide to enroll him in a mainstream school, where he faces challenges due to his appearance and the differences he experiences from his peers.

As Jack navigates the complexities of growing up in an unusual situation, he forms a special bond with his teacher, Miss Marquez, who helps him embrace his uniqueness and find acceptance and friendship among his classmates.

The film explores themes of acceptance, individuality, and the resilience of the human spirit. It showcases the power of compassion and the importance of looking beyond appearances to discover the true nature of a person.

“Jack” is known for Robin Williams’ heartfelt performance, portraying Jack’s childlike wonder and vulnerability with sensitivity and depth. The film received mixed reviews from critics, but Williams’ portrayal was widely praised.

“Jack” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a heartwarming and thought-provoking film that delves into the complexities of childhood and the challenges faced by those who are perceived as different. It remains a touching and inspiring movie that celebrates the beauty of embracing one’s true self and finding strength in the face of adversity.

Additional Details


  • Robin Williams: Jack Powell
  • Diane Lane: Karen Powell
  • Brian Kerwin: Brian Powell
  • Jennifer Lopez: Miss Marquez
  • Bill Cosby: Lawrence Woodruff
  • Fran Drescher: Dolores Durante
  • Adam Zolotin: Louis Durante
  • Todd Bosley: Eddie
  • Seth Smith: John-John
  • Mario Yedidia: George
  • Michael McKean: Paulie
  • Allan Rich: Dr. Benfante
  • Keone Young: Dr. Lin
  • Allison Whitbeck: Lucy
  • Dwight Hicks: High School Principal
  • Mark Coppola: Radio Personality
  • Al Nalbandian: Principal McGee


  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Producers: Ricardo Mestres, Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Fuchs
  • Writers: James DeMonaco and Gary Nadeau

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