Jack Be Nimble

Jack Be Nimble

Director: Garth Maxwell

Cast: Alexis Arquette, Bruno Lawrence, Tony Barry

     
 

Garth Maxwell's Jack Be Nimble, a psychological thriller about siblings separated as babies, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no special features on this disc, but genre enthusiasts may want to give it aSee more details below

Overview

Garth Maxwell's Jack Be Nimble, a psychological thriller about siblings separated as babies, comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. There are no special features on this disc, but genre enthusiasts may want to give it a look all the same. The disc does nothing to seek out an audience, but it does nothing to turn away anyone who gives it a try.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This dark little fairy tale packs plenty of ideas and lots of gorgeously disturbing images into 90 modestly budgeted, nouveau gothic minutes. Alexis Arquette takes a welcome break from his more flamboyant roles as the seethingly alienated title character, while Sarah Smuts-Kennedy recalls Cate Blanchett in the mixture of fragility and steeliness she brings to her role as Jack's sweet but tortured sister Dora. The entire ensemble shines, from Brenda Simmons as Dora's blind, defeated, conscience-plagued adoptive mother to the many, many actresses who play Jack's stepsisters at various ages. It's Jackie Gilmore's art direction and Donald Duncan's cinematography, however, that transform the film from a fantasy melodrama into a memorable fable. Their moody visuals and sordidly magical realist tone perfectly complement the high-pitched script, which was co-written by first-time feature director Garth Maxwell. From the fabulously baroque contraption Jack builds out of metal scraps and uses to hypnotize his tormentors to the sight of his wicked stepsiblings stalking the back roads of New Zealand in an antique truck like some mytho-industrial monster, Jack Be Nimble reinvigorates gothic stereotypes with an inventiveness that never strays into postmodern pastiche. Superior sound editing brings the horror of Dora's telepathy to life with a torrent of babbling voices that provide a disturbing counterpoint to the film's stark tableaux. From its Season of the Witch-esque opening montage to the languid coda that brings things to a hopeful close, Jack Be Nimble is one genre exercise whose low budget doesn't translate into a paucity of memorable ideas, characters, images, or sounds.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0014381559828
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Image Entertainment
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:32:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexis Arquette Jack
Bruno Lawrence Teddy
Tony Barry Clarrie
Elizabeth Hawthorne Bernice
Sarah Smuts-Kennedy Dora
Patricia Phillips Anne
Bridget Armstrong Typing Teacher
Celia Nicholson Motel Woman
Peter Bell Thief
Erik Williams Taxi Driver
Paula Jones Tina
Vicky Haughton Matron 2

Technical Credits
Garth Maxwell Director,Screenwriter
John Barnett Executive Producer
Kevin Chisnall Special Effects
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Dowling Producer
Donald Duncan Cinematographer
Debra East Makeup
John Gilbert Editor
Jackie Gilmore Art Director
Grant Major Production Designer
Viv Mepham Makeup
Robin Murphy Asst. Director
Chris Neal Score Composer
Murray Newey Executive Producer
Rex Pilgrim Screenwriter
Kelly Rodgers Producer
Judith Trye Associate Producer
Martin Walsh Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Index
1. Main Titles [4:32]
2. Separated [2:30]
3. Growing Up [4:06]
4. Over the Edge [11:54]
5. Jack's Power [6:05]
6. Dora's Power [8:08]
7. Reunited [5:17]
8. "I'm Pregnant" [10:19]
9. Stepsisters [4:47]
10. Mum [5:48]
11. Dad [7:29]
12. "Don't Cry" [1:47]
13. Stepsister's Revenge [6:03]
14. Rescue Attempt [7:33]
15. A New Beginning [2:24]
16. End Credits [2:50]

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