Soldier Jack or The Man Who Caught Death in a Sack (1988)

“Soldier Jack,” an adaptation of an American Jack Tale, is set in rural America after World War II. Jack returns from the war and, through an act of kindness, receives two magical gifts: a sack that can catch anything, and a jar that can show whether a sick person will get well or die. Jack uses the sack to catch a number of things, including three devils plaguing a small-town community. Later, he becomes a national hero when he rescues the President’s daughter from a fatal illness by capturing Death in the sack. After many years in a world without Death, Jack realizes his mistake and releases Death into the world again.

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Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tom Davenport, the distributor Davenport Films, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tom Davenport
  • Produced by: Tom and Mimi Davenport
  • Cinematographer: Arnie Sirlin, Tom Kaufman
  • Editor: Marcia Neidly Lynch, Randy Horte
  • Other Credits: Sarah Toth (Casting, Associate Director), Doug Ball (Sets), Rosemary Parde Holz (Costumes)
  • Funding: National Endowment for the Humanities, Virginia Arts Federation, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©Tom Davenport, 1988
  • 38 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Folktales (adaptations)