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Jack's Back (1988)

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A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th birthday by committing similar murders and only one has a chance of stopping him.

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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
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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 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)  »

Also Known As:

Red Rain  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$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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My Way
Words and Music by Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux, Claude François and Gilles Thibault
Published by Publishers Management Agency / Music Publishing Inc.
Rerecorded by Rod Loomis
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Spader's charisma in full force
7 October 1999 | by (california) – See all my reviews

I am at a loss to explain why James Spader is not a major star. He got a good start with 80s teen flicks and didn't burn out too fast. This movie shows off his acting as well as his on-screen charisma. His everyman is better than Harrison Ford's, usually, because you know there's some intelligence and humanity behind the intensity.

There's some nice moments in the movie, and it has a quirky feel that makes it endearing despite the violent content. Unfortunately, it doesn't quite hold together and the quirkiness doesn't stop it from been a familiar story. Incidentally, despite the direct description of its plot, it's a terrible title.


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