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Black Jack (1979)

A rediscovered classic from director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, KES) and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, BLACK JACK is a dark and complex ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Loach (as Kenneth Loach)

Writers:

Leon Garfield (novel), Ken Loach (adapted by) (as Kenneth Loach)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Hirst Stephen Hirst ... Tolly
Louise Cooper Louise Cooper ... Belle
Jean Franval Jean Franval ... Black Jack
Phil Askham Phil Askham ... Hangman
Pat Wallis Pat Wallis ... Mrs. Gorgandy
John Young ... Dr. Hunter
William Moore William Moore ... Mr. Carter
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs. Carter
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Dr. Jones
Brian Hawksley Brian Hawksley ... Parson Hall
Dave Daniels Dave Daniels ... Footman
Michael Hinchcliffe Michael Hinchcliffe ... Footman
Packie Byrne Packie Byrne ... Dr. Carmody
Joyce Smith Joyce Smith ... Mrs. Carmody
Andrew Bennett Andrew Bennett ... Hatch
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A rediscovered classic from director Ken Loach (THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY, KES) and one of the inspirations for Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM, BLACK JACK is a dark and complex adventure film set in the 18th century and based on Leon Garfield's novel for children. When French thief "Black Jack" kidnaps young Tolly, a journey begins that includes traveling fairs, murder and the rescue of a young girl from a private insane asylum. While shot primarily in 16mm and on a modest budget on location in Yorkshire, Chris Menges' photography, the enchanting performances by its young cast and Loach's gentle, observational style all shine through. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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The last film of Russell Waters. See more »

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Referenced in Moonrise Kingdom (2012) See more »

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I really enjoyed it
26 January 2020 | by rambobarbieisbaSee all my reviews

The plot is pretty interesting, it kept me in suspense for the entire film. It's essentially sweet tale that could turn tragic at any moment. All I really knew about this going in was that it was an inspiration for Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson, though it's similar it's not all you think about while watching this.

It's a very good period peice as well, it never feels like people are from our current times pretending to be from the 1700's. Everything has a very authentic dirtiness to it, even the mansion of the rich family has a door with heavy wear marks on the handle. Its extremely real feeling.

The child acting as well in this film is so good you forget they're child actors. It's really mind blowing the acting level of everyone is equal theres no dumb and corny kid acting, it's very mature for such a young age.

If you're wondering whether or not you should watch it I'd say go for it. I really have to admit I'm suprised this film doesnt get more praise, it's very good.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1980 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Jack, der Galgenvogel See more »

Filming Locations:

North Yorkshire, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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