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Holes in My Shoes

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Holes In My Shoes is the profoundly moving story of New Yorker, Jack Beers. At 94-years-old he breaks the age barrier; able to rip a telephone book into 4 pieces with his hands he is as active and energetic as men more than half his age. But that is just the beginning, his long and diverse list of lifetime achievements is an inspiring tale for all ages. Jack's story is truly motivational and richly entertaining.

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  • Actors: Jack Beers
  • Directors: David Wachs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 100% WOMON
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LFPBI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Garcia on December 16, 2009
Format: DVD
This is probably the most wonderful documentary I have ever seen! Jack Beers is truly a treasure! What a wonderful man on so many levels!! This is wonderful to watch as a family, by yourself or with someone special. Mr. Beers had such a loving spirit. He seemed to live his life so matter of factly with wonderful things happening to him on a continual basis, with the exception of losing his beautiful wife, Bertha...his heart was so broken but he triumphed!! I love the way he just did everything he wanted to in life and shared it with so many. He was successful on so many levels. I promise at the end you will have the biggest smile on your face with bittersweet tears. Every second of this documentary is a gift. For those of you who were lucky to know Mr. Beers, I applaud you and I can only imagine the positive impact he had on your lives and the beautiful love you have for him. It was such a great documentary that I didn't want it to end. Buy this DVD, you will not be sorry. In fact, you will probably want to buy a few copies as gifts for loved ones.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jay on December 2, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a well-made and remarkable story that will resonate for all ages.
I highly recommend it to everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Lilienfield on December 8, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful movie for all ages. Jack Beers was a remarkable man - great heart and humor. I plan on buying this for my mother for the holidays. I can't imagine anybody not enjoying it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Tillier on November 8, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie has tremendous heart and is absolutely fabulous on a couple of different levels. First and foremost it's about a wonderful and fascinating character -- what a life this man has had! And what a man Mr. Beers is. He has character, heart, intelligence, and a wonderful sense of authentic humanity. This very human story deserves to be seen by everyone who values the human spirit and I think it's a wonderful movie for young and old as a role model. I think it's an absolutely great movie as well, the director has crafted the story in a captivating way that held my attention from beginning to end. I can't think of a greater gift to give someone than to give them this movie. I hope it gets the audience that it deserves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John J Miller on June 24, 2013
Format: DVD
I was flipping through the channels on Sunday and there was nothing on. I came across this documentary on one of the PBS channels and switched to it since it was about NYC. I was not disappointed! Jack Beers was a truly remarkable man who had me both laughing and crying at times. I missed the first 20 minutes or so and will now get the dvd to watch it in it's entirety.
Even if your not a native NYer like myself, you will find this highly entertaining and rewarding. RIP Jack Beers. You have inspired so many even to this day!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed Julia on September 20, 2013
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There are folks in this world who despite their substantial contributions to the good of humanity remain unknown to the world at large. Jack Beers is one of those individuals. Even though he is not a fame-seeker -- far from it -- this documentary seeks to fill the gaping hole in knowledge about Jack Beers and his multiple contributions. If nothing else, Mr. Beers has lived a long, full, and admirable life, but this documentary goes well beyond showing that, so I highly recommend it to all, young, old, and in between.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on March 22, 2014
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Wonderful, uplifting, character who is a joy to know thru this film. I can't imagine anyone not wanting this masterpiece, I couldn't take my eyes off it, and wish I could share it with everyone I know. Reaching senior citizen age like me? You'll feel like a kid when you see how abundantly this guy chose to live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AKN TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 10, 2013
Format: DVD
I have been in a funk lately after the death of a beloved relative. I needed...something, and I found that this was it.

Jack Beers was a very amazing guy. He put his all into his life, succeeding at all the various things he tried. I had never heard of him but apparently he is a famous and much admired figure in New York city and elsewhere, and this film shows why.

Never have I seen anyone with so much enthusiasm for life as this man showed. Even at 94, he was talking animatedly about all he had done, keeping a running dialog going about all the amazing things he accomplished and did.

His greatest accomplishment was shortening the length of World War 2 by inventing machinery that shortened the time required to make atomic bombs. Our boys were dying by the thousands overseas in the war, and whoever made the atomic bomb first would win. It was that simple. But the time frame for producing the weapon was going to be over a year, and during that time the terrible war would be going on, with millions dying. Enter the hero, Jack Beers, the greatest structural engineer in the country and probably the world. And he was self taught.

The list of Jack's accomplishments is long, including over 200 films that Jack appeared in, including seven Woody Allen movies. What an incredible man he was, and this tells his story looking back on his life from the vantage point of the age of 94.

After watching this, all inertia seemed to melt from my body and I now have a renewed interest in life, and making it all it can be. This is terribly inspiring and moving and shows what one person can make of his life.

This won several awards for best documentary. I do feel everyone should see this. And, let's not forget, the United States of America offers the same opportunites to everyone, even a dirt poor immigrant kid like Jack was, with holes in his shoes.
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