Jack the Bear is a 1993 American drama film directed by Marshall Herskovitz, written by Steven Zaillian based on the novel by Dan McCall, and starring Danny DeVito.
Jack Leary (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.), his younger brother Dylan (Miko Hughes), and father John (Danny DeVito) start over in Oakland, California in 1972, following the death of the boys' mother. John, who hosted a children's program back in Syracuse, now hosts the local late-night show Midnight Shriek, entertaining the audience during horror films as "Al Gory."
He is devoted to his two sons, though his drinking problem disrupts the smooth running of the household, as some of his parental duties fall to Jack, who also rebels against his father's off-beat personality.
One of the Learys' neighbors, a young man named Norman Strick (Gary Sinise) who walks with a cane due to a twisted leg, shows up at their home one Halloween evening, seeking a donation for a racially-prejudiced candidate. John refuses, and shuts the door in...