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Jackson County Jail (1976)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1976 (USA)
This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.

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Lisa Copeland ...
Girl in Commercial
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Mr. Bigelow (as Clifford Emmich)
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Mr. Cooper
Edward Marshall ...
Mr. Blight
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David
Marciee Drake ...
Candy (David's Girlfriend)
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Allison
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Waitress
Ken Lawrence ...
Paulie (Trucker at Counter)
Arthur Wong ...
Cook
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Girl in Restaurant (as Marci Barkin)
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Lola (as Nancy Noble)
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Bobby Ray
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This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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A Jackson megyei börtön  »

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$445,000 (estimated)
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This film was shot in 26 days. See more »

Quotes

Dinah Hunter: They're gonna kill you!
Coley Blake: That don't matter. I was born dead.
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Remade as Outside Chance (1978) See more »

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B-Movie, 70's Style
8 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

Fast, tough, and unsentimental. Sure, a potboiler like this is not going to win any awards, but it's got more sheer pluck and energy than twenty A-productions of the time. Pity poor Dinah Hunter (Mimieux). One minute she's a bigshot ad executive in Hollywood; the next, she's ducking cop bullets somewhere in fly-over country. It's a yuppie nightmare all the way for poor Dinah, a steady downhill once she tries a cross-country car ride. On the way she meets homicidal kids, a chiseling waitress, a righteous cop, and a prison guard from heck. No wonder she's on the run with cool dude Coley (Jones). How else can you deal with a cross section of Roger Corman's rural America. Next time she better take the plane like other bi-coastal types.

Corman really hit pay dirt with hillbilly epics like Boxcar Bertha (1972), Big Bad Mama (1974), Crazy Mama (1975), and this one. One look at these and you'd think rural America is just as bloody and hormonally driven as big city America. But these epics are also in the great tradition of the American B-movie, those cheap productions that show guts, energy, and style. Sure, a flick like JCJ is also what some might call vulgar and exploitative, which it is. Still, there can be a lot of truth even in exaggerated crowd pleasers. Besides, these drive-in specials are generally entertaining as heck, just like this one.


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