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Black Jack [DVD] [1979]

Jean Franval , Stephen Hirst , Ken Loach    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Jean Franval, Stephen Hirst, Louise Cooper
  • Directors: Ken Loach
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038NQMVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,683 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A film by Ken Loach

Based on Leon Garfield's popular novel, this long-unseen film adaptation from celebrated British filmmaker Ken Loach is an adventure story which will capture the imagination of adults and children alike.

When honest young Tolly Pickering is forced on the run with a villainous ruffian named Black Jack, adventure and mishap are never far away. As the two enter a world of body-snatchers, private lunatic asylums and travelling fairs they find friendship in the most unlikely places.

With Chris Menges beautiful photography, enchanting performances by its charismatic young cast and Loach's gentle, observational style, Black Jack received the Critics Award at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.

Special features

  • Newly created director's cut
  • Exclusive feature commentary by director Ken Loach
  • English and French language versions of the feature
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays, extracts from Terry Deary's Horrible Histories series and more
  • Original trailer
  • Deleted scenes
  • Dolby Digital mono audio (320kbps)
  • UK | 1979 | colour | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 98 minutes | DVD-9 | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1 (16x9 enhanced) | Region 0 PAL DVD


'An engrossing and charming film full of great performances and wonderful cinematographyfrom the now legendary Chris Menges' --Channel 4

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 11 Sep 2010
I picked this up after watching Ken Loach's 'Poor Cow' and was not disappointed. Set in the 18th century, it's a kind of 'Dickensian' story (if I can say that) about a boy who gets tied up with a convicted felon, Frenchman 'Black Jack'. During the course of their travels, the boy rescues a girl his age en route to a madhouse and later they join up with a traveling circus. It becomes something of an adventure love story. The acting and dialogue feels very authentic and the story is interesting and fast paced. With the exception of one or two scenes in which I failed to believe the logic or character motivation, this is a fun movie that ought to charm your socks off.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired 11 Mar 2014
That poor boy... He could have done better I am sure, if only someone had told him what "acting" really is about... Then instead of showing (that's what a director does, right?) how Black Jack managed to cheat the hangman, Ken Loach introduces a narrator who has to tell us. It's such a lovely book, with the gloriously happiest ending ever, but the film - though not completely without charm - left me cold and disappointed. High time for a remake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Jack 13 April 2014
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This was a good adaption of the story. It was set in the 18th century. The characters encountered were believable
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