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April 1976 (USA) See more »
The cops are there to protect her... but who will protect her from the cops? See more »
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Yvette Mimieux ... Dinah Hunter

Tommy Lee Jones ... Coley Blake
Lisa Copeland ... Girl in Commercial
Cliff Emmich ... Mr. Bigelow (as Clifford Emmich)

Michael Ashe ... Mr. Cooper
Edward Marshall ... Mr. Blight

Howard Hesseman ... David
Marciee Drake ... Candy (David's Girlfriend)

Nan Martin ... Allison

Betty Thomas ... Waitress
Ken Lawrence ... Paulie (Trucker at Counter)
Arthur Wong ... Cook

Marcie Barkin ... Girl in Restaurant (as Marci Barkin)
Nancy Lee Noble ... Lola (as Nancy Noble)

Robert Carradine ... Bobby Ray
Michael Hilkene ... Vincent Lepardo
Roy David Hagle ... Ambulance Driver
Britt Leach ... Dan Oldum (Bartender)

John Lawlor ... Deputy Burt
Severn Darden ... Sheriff Dempsey
William Molloy ... Deputy Lyle Peters
Fredric Cook ... Hobie (as Frederic Cook)
Ira Miller ... Drunk Man
Jackie Robin ... Drunk Woman

Gus Peters ... Melon Man Shaw
Patrice Rohmer ... Cassie Anne
Amparo Mimieux ... Poquita

Mary Woronov ... Pearl
Richard Lockmiller ... Officer Jessie
Jack O'Leary ... Officer Blake
Duffy Hambleton ... Sam Mayers
M. James Arnett ... Highway Patrolman (as James Arnett)
Don Hinz ... Highway Patrolman
Mark Carlton ... Highway Patrolman
Norma Moye ... Mayor of Fallsburg

Hal Needham ... Chief of Fallsburg Police

Directed by
Michael Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Donald Stewart 

Produced by
Jeff Begun .... producer
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Paul Gonsky .... associate producer
Original Music by
L. Loren Newkirk 
Cinematography by
Bruce Logan 
Film Editing by
Caroline Biggerstaff  (as Caroline Ferriol)
Art Direction by
Mike McCloskey  (as Michael McCloskey)
Costume Design by
Cornelia McNamara 
Makeup Department
Leigh Mitchell .... makeup artist
Gloria Montemayor .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mark Carlton .... production manager: second unit
Richard T. Schor .... production manager (as Richard Schor)
Nancy Zearfoss .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Dorf .... second assistant director
Jan Kiesser .... second unit director
Richard T. Schor .... assistant director (as Richard Schor)
Art Department
John S. Curran .... property master
James Keigher .... assistant art director
Dennis Schaefer .... assistant property master
Sound Department
William B. Kaplan .... sound recordist
Earl Sampson .... boom operator
M. James Arnett .... stunt coordinator (as James Arnett)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brink Brydon .... gaffer
Daniel Dayton .... assistant camera: second unit (as Dan Dayton)
Tom Evans .... grip: second unit
Michael Hilkene .... still photographer
Ron Johnson .... assistant camera
Michael Katz .... best boy
Jan Kiesser .... camera operator: second unit
William R. Maxham .... assistant camera
Bruce Pearn .... electrician/generator operator
Brian Swain .... key grip
Bob Wilson .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy Agron .... wardrobe assistant
Penelope Jacques .... miss mimieux's wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ron Horwitz .... assistant editor
Gregg Barbanell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Gary Dorf .... location manager
Transportation Department
Jerry Olson .... driver captain
Other crew
Nancy Greene .... script supervisor
Helen Liberty .... assistant to director
Nancy Nash .... stand-in
Manette Rosen .... production secretary
Stanley Sodolski .... assistant to director
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:84 min
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Selected by Quentin Tarantino for the First Quentin Tarantino Film Fest in Austin, Texas, 1996.See more »
Dinah Hunter:They're gonna kill you!
Coley Blake:That don't matter. I was born dead.
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Take a plane! For God's Sake, Take a Plane!, 22 January 2015
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

"Jackson County Jail" is raw, tough and compelling mid-seventies exploitation coming from the nearly inexhaustible vaults of producer Roger Corman. The film definitely isn't as violent or sleazy as many contemporary and similarly-themed movies, like for example "I Spit on your Grave", because the emphasis here merely lies on the thoroughly unpleasant atmosphere of hopelessness. So, instead of a nasty and gratuitous rape 'n revenge flick, this is more of a powerful drama centered on the suffering (physically as well as mentally) of the poor protagonist and the cruel injustice of this world. Underrated actress Yvette Mimieux is truly terrific as the strong leading lady Dinah Hunter. She's a feisty publicity woman in Los Angeles, avidly defending women's position in marketing, but her clients don't share her visions. When she also catches her husband with a much younger and exotic wench, Dinah impulsively decides to meet up with her sister in New York. She also decides to travel by car for this cross-country trip instead of by plane; a choice that she will deeply regret quite quickly and for the rest of her life. In a very short while, Dinah's car and everything in it gets stolen by youthful thugs, she's nearly assaulted by a filthy restaurant owner and then she's the one put in jail because she doesn't have any papers! But in jail the nightmare only gets worse, as Dinah is barbarically raped by the crazy deputy Hobie. She manages to kill him and escapes together with convict Coley Blake, who witnessed the whole thing, but from this moment onwards they are considered fugitive cop-killers by all police department of the neighboring counties. "Jackson County Jail" fully relies on a solid script by Donald Stewart (frequent adapter of Tom Clancy novels), tight direction by Michael Miller and stellar performances from both Yvette Mimieux and Tommy Lee Jones (still in the earliest phases of his awesome career). There are a couple of moments of adrenalin- rushing action, like the chase with the sheriff and the climax, but the strength of the film lies within the grim portrayal of America's underbelly-society. Highly recommended for fans of genuine 70's cult cinema.

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