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Lightning Jack (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Western | 11 March 1994 (USA)
Lightning Jack Kane is an Australian outlaw in the wild west. During a bungled bank robbery he picks up mute Ben Doyle as a hostage. The two become good friends, with Jack teaching Ben how ... See full summary »

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Lightning Jack Kane
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Ben Doyle
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Lana Castel
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Pilar (as Kamala Dawson)
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U.S. Marshal Dan Kurtz
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Sheriff
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Marcus
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Mr. Doyle
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John T. Coles
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Bart
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Judge Curren
Roy Brocksmith ...
Junction City Tailor
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Junction City Shopkeeper
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Old Guy in Alley
Mark Miles ...
Luke
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Lightning Jack Kane is an Australian outlaw in the wild west. During a bungled bank robbery he picks up mute Ben Doyle as a hostage. The two become good friends, with Jack teaching Ben how to rob banks, while they plan Jack's last heist. Written by Rob Hartill

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A comedy about two outlaws who just wanted to be wanted.

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Comedy | Western

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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11 March 1994 (USA)  »

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Jack Blyskawica  »

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$16,821,273 (USA)
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Director Simon Wincer says making the film was a logistical nightmare because there were so many other westerns filming on the same locations at the same time, such as Wyatt Earp, Geronimo, City Slickers 2 and Tombstone. See more »

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Lightning Jack Kane: [hands news paper over] Read that out to me.
Old Guy in Alley: Yes sir, but, you dont need the gun son, i aint the law.
[pause]
Old Guy in Alley: Younger gang wiped out.
Lightning Jack Kane: [takes news paper and points to his section] That part.
Old Guy in Alley: The only flaw in the trap was the escape of Lightning Jack Kane
[pause]
Old Guy in Alley: Although several witnesses swore he was shot full of holes and riding dead in his saddle. Kane is of medium height and build, blonde hair
[looks at Jacks hair]
Old Guy in Alley: with a mean withered face and has an English accent.
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Connections

Referenced in Heaven Sent (1994) See more »

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Cowboy Jack
Traditional
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
Arranged by Bruce Rowland
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A greatly overlooked movie.
2 December 1999 | by (Norwich, England) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the best comedy westerns for a long time and gives its stars ample time to perform.

Paul Hogan plays pretty much the same character as he did in Crocodile Dundee, only with a bit more heart, as a failed outlaw trying to make a name for himself in the Wild West with one big heist. His only partner is played by Cuba Gooding Jr., in a superb early performance as a dumb black shop assistant, with shows both comedic talent, and a depth to the character that Hogan himself probably didn't know was there when he wrote it.

A series of wonderfully scenes in bars all over the West, culminate in a perfect last heist that nobody knows about, and robs Hogan of his wanted fame.

Unfortunately, the box-office showed less confidence in the movie than it's investors on the Aussie stock-market did, but do not let that deter you from a very funny movie.


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