Jack Be Nimble (1993) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has been somewhat better, has developed extra-sensory powers which tell her that Jack's in danger and drives her to search for him.


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  • The film begins with two young siblings, Jack and Dora, witnessing their mother having a nervous breakdown. After the mother deserts the children, the father decides to place them in an orphanage. The misfortune in their young lives has only just began. Soon the two are separated and placed in different foster homes. While Dora is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Birch, two kindly, doting parents, poor Jack falls into the hands of a grim farmer, Clarrie and his horrid wife, Bernice. Jack grows up being mercilessly mentally and physically abused by his foster father and mother and four evil step-sisters. Yet, despite their different fates, the brother and sister remain connected by a strong psychic bond and never stop thinking about each other.

    Eventually, Jacks takes his revenge on his cruel foster-parents and escapes from his bitter life to try to find his way back to Dora. Relying on the strength of their love and their mutual psychic abilities, they find their way to one another. Together, they set out to find their biological parents.

    Despite the struggles of their younger years, the road ahead is still not destined to be an easy one for the siblings. Dora is afraid that Jack's resentment toward their birth parents might cause him to strike out against them. Also, Jack is being trailed by his bitter, evil step sisters, who wish to exert their own revenge against Jack for his treatment of their parents.

    What kind of savage vengeance can of Jack expect from his stepsisters? Has his cruel childhood already inflicted too much damage, poisoning the siblings' hopes of a joyful reunion with their birth parents?

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