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Jack's Back (1988)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  6 May 1988 (USA)
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A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders.

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John / Rick Wesford
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Chris Moscari
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Sgt. Gabriel
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Dr. Carlos Battera
Rod Loomis ...
Dr. Sidney Tannerson
Rex Ryon ...
Jack Pendler
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Scott Morofsky
Wendell Wright ...
Capt. Walter Prentis
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Sam Hilliard
Bobby Hosea ...
Tom Dellerton
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Denise Johnson
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Mary
Diane Erickson ...
Andrea Banks
Sis Greenspon ...
Martha
Graham Timbes ...
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A young doctor is suspected when a series of Jack the Ripper copycat killings is committed. However, when the doctor himself is murdered, his identical twin brother claims to have seen visions of the true killer. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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One hundred years ago the world was shocked by a man they called The Ripper. He was never caught... See more »


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6 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Red Rain  »

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$492,519 (USA)
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Director Rowdy Harrington originally wanted the movie to be titled "Red Rain" and Peter Gabriel's song of the same name was meant to play at the opening credits. Since this was a low budget film, he couldn't get the rights to the song, so he hired Paul Saax to compose the song "Red Harvest" instead. Shortly before the movie release, the studio felt that the title "Red Rain" had no relation to the plot so they decided to change to a more appealing title, "Jack's Back". See more »

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John: [Slamming his fist down onto the table as he speaks] MY BROTHER DIDN'T KILL ANYBODY, some mother FUCKER slung him from his neck from the fucking ceiling!
Sgt. Gabriel: We have an eyewitness.
John: FUCK YOUR EYEWITNESS! This is bullshit, alright? If you wanna book me, book me.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) See more »

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My Way
Words and Music by Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux (as J. Revaux), Claude Fran├žois (as C. Francois) and Gilles Thibault (as Gilles Phibault)
Published by Publishers Management Agency / Music Publishing Inc.
Rerecorded by Rod Loomis
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One of the best Modern Day "Jack The Ripper" movies to come along.
5 December 2001 | by (Leominster Mass USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a solid, off-beat take off of the entire "Jack The Ripper" genre. A solid cast of mostly unknowns do justice to a script with enough plot twist to surprise anyone. Can an identical twin see the other's death? Do identical twins have identical fingerprints? Why can't the hero find a place that sells guns AND bullets. Yes there may be one coincidence too many in the plot. And the wry one-liners sometimes work against the over all haunting mood of the film. But if your looking for a film that covers old ground in a unique, refreshing way; Jack's Back is it. The one big question I had was how could Cynthia Gibb's medical student character afford to drive a $40,000 635CSi BMW sedan.


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