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Jack Nicholson Week on Film4

About the season

Born in New Jersey, 1937, Jack Nicholson worked as an office boy at MGM at the age of 17, and went on to enjoy an incredible career spanning seven decades. With twelve Oscar nominations to his name (including three wins), the writer, director and actor has evolved as cinema has evolved. From his debut in 1958's The Cry Baby Killer through a succession of iconic roles, he's played romantic hero, mob boss, madman, werewolf, detective, depressive and of course the Devil himself.

Jack Nicholson has collaborated with some of the most prestigious directors within Hollywood and around the world, including Roman Polanski (Chinatown), James L Brooks (Terms Of Endearment), Martin Scorsese (The Departed), John Huston (Prizzi's Honor) and Michelangelo Antonioni (The Passenger) - films showcased in our season dedicated to this distinctive actor (see listings below). Plus, we're pleased to present New Hollywood auteur Bob Rafelson's overlooked but brilliant The King Of Marvin Gardens and cult favourite Hal Ashby's wonderfully cynical indie comedy The Last Detail, both featuring knockout performances from Nicholson.

Wednesday 21st November

  • Film4 Terms Of Endearment

    Terms Of Endearment, 6.35pm

    Showered with praise, laden with Oscars, this hugely successful tear-jerker boasts some magnificent on-screen chemistry

  • Chinatown

    Chinatown, 9pm

    Roman Polanski's masterly film noir takes us back to the days when Los Angeles was a small town

Thursday 22nd November

  • The Departed

    The Departed, 9pm

    Martin Scorsese's hard-hitting, tough-talking, Oscar-winning thriller stars Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson

Friday 23rd November

  • Film4 Last Detail

    The Last Detail, 11.15pm

    An Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson is a filthy-mouthed sailor in Hal Ashby's brilliantly cynical black comedy

Saturday 24th November

  • Film4 The King of Marvin Gardens

    The King Of Marvin Gardens, 11.20pm

    Jack Nicholson stars in this overlooked but brilliant American tragedy as a melancholy and withdrawn late-night DJ living amid the faded glamour of Atlantic City

Sunday 25th November

  • Film4

    Prizzi's Honor, 11.15pm

    Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner star as hitpeople who fall head over heels for one another in John Huston's penultimate film

Monday 26th November

  • Film4 The Passenger

    The Passenger, 10.55pm

    Jack Nicholson stars in Blow-Up director Michelangelo Antonioni's long-neglected existential thriller about a journalist who takes on the identity of a dead arms dealer

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