Black Jack (1979)


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History, Action & Adventure, Comedy
1h 45min
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Jean Franval
Black Jack
Stephen Hirst
Bartholomew 'Tolly' Pickering
Louise Cooper
Belle Carter
Pat Wallis
Mrs Gorgandy
John Young
Dr Hunter
Doreen Mantle
Mrs Carter
Brian Hawksley
Parson Hall
Malcolm Dixon
Tom Thumb's Army
Mike Edmonds
Tom Thumb's Army
David Rappaport
Tom Thumb's Army
Tiny Ross
Tom Thumb's Army
Cilla Mason
Mrs Hannah
Jackie Shinn
Mr Arbuthnot
Patti Nicholls
Mrs Mitchell
Ted Beyer
Inn Keeper
Brian Glover
Narrator (uncredited)


In this fascinating adventure of the England of the 1750s, the huge Frenchman Black Jack (Jean Franval) miraculously survives a hanging by the British authorities in Yorkshire and escapes from the grim jaws of "justice." He takes to the countryside in the company of Tolly, a teenaged boy who is able to translate Black Jack's odd speech into something comprehensible. They join up with Belle, an aristocratic teenager who has escaped from the madhouse her family imprisoned her in when she grew troublesome. Together, the three join a carnival. However, as it becomes clear that the girl is far from crazy, love between Tolly and Belle grows. This story, set in the mid-18th century, is based on a novel by Leon Garfield.

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