Date created: April 2010
Release date 1974
Duration 66 min
Director(s) John Stephens...more
Cast Dano Martin, Les Link, Robert Lamb...more
Jack, how would you like to see your classroom?
A little louder.
[even more quietly] Yes.
A little louder, Jack.
[shouts loudly] YES!
[Jack, with the appearance of a 68-year old but only 17 years old, arrives at his graduation ceremony]
[addressing the audience] I would like to present, to read the graduation speech, this year's Valedictorian: Mr Jack Charles Powell... [a round of applause approves of this choice]
[taking the stand] Thank you... Aristotle. [Due to his aged condition he has to take out spectacles to read the speech]
Go Jack! Go get them!
I got it, Eric, I'm cool... I don't have very much time these days so I'll make it quick. Like my life. You know, as we come to the end of this phase of our lives, we find ourselves trying to remember the good times and trying to forget the bad times, and we find ourselves thinking about the future. We start to worry , thinking, "What am I gonna do? Where am I gonna be in ten years?" But I say to you, "Hey, look at me!" Please, don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this earth. Life is fleeting. And if you're ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day... make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular. I know I did. I made it, Mom. I'm a grown-up.
You know why I like to teach children, Jack? So I don't get so wrapped up in being an adult. So I can remember there are other things that are important in life - like riding a bike, playing in a treehouse, splashing in water with your good shoes on. And you, my friend, were my most special student. And until recently, you were everything I ever wanted in a student. You were a shooting star amongst ordinary stars. Have you ever seen a shooting star, Jack?
It's wonderful. It passes quickly, but while it's here it just lights up the whole sky - it's the most beautiful thing you'd ever want to see. So beautiful that the other stars stop and watch. You almost never see one.
Beacuse they're very rare. Quite rare. But I saw one. I did.
I just... want to be a regular star.
Jack, you'll never be regular. You're spectacular.