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Jack's Back (1988)

R  |   |  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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Dr. Carlos Battera
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Andrea Banks
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Martha
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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 in the city of London a man shocked the world by murdering, raping and mutilating five women. He was never caught. (Video Australia) 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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Sgt. Gabriel: They say that Jack the Ripper was surgeon... this maybe the same as our current killer
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) See more »

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Back in My Arms Again
Words and Music by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland)
Published by Stone Agate Music (A Division of Jobete Music Co. Inc.)
Rerecorded by Jake Sattelite
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17 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've seen this but I enjoyed the movie and thought that James Spader gave a great performance. My best friend had it taped off TV and was mentioning the movie one day and hunted it out for us to watch after I had said that I had never seen it or even heard of it, which was odd because I was a fan of James Spader.

The movie has a lot of twists and turns and the excitement builds up and you really get engrossed in the film. James and Cynthia had great chemistry and I agree with others that their romance was not done in a typical, over-done fashion.

The title of the movie is bad and makes you think automatically that it will just be some stupid B movie but it's actually one of the best thrillers I've seen and definitely the best thriller out of the "B" section. I think if the film had more publicity and a better cover/title more people would know of it and want to rent it.

I would recommend it to anyone that likes a good thriller, especially ones that they've never heard of and want to be surprised.


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