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Jackson County Jail (1976)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1976 (USA)
This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York.


Michael Miller


Donald E. Stewart (as Donald Stewart)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvette Mimieux ... Dinah Hunter
Tommy Lee Jones ... Coley Blake
Lisa Copeland Lisa Copeland ... Girl in Commercial
Cliff Emmich ... Mr. Bigelow (as Clifford Emmich)
Michael Ashe ... Mr. Cooper
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Mr. Blight
Howard Hesseman ... David
Marciee Drake ... Candy (David's Girlfriend)
Nan Martin ... Allison
Betty Thomas ... Waitress
Ken Lawrence Ken Lawrence ... Paulie (Trucker at Counter)
Arthur Wong Arthur Wong ... Cook
Marcie Barkin ... Girl in Restaurant (as Marci Barkin)
Nancy Lee Noble ... Lola (as Nancy Noble)
Robert Carradine ... Bobby Ray


This is a powerful drama about a young woman who stumbles into a nightmare land of hijacking and humiliation while driving cross-country from California to New York. Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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The jail cell and the police station were both built on sound stages. See more »


When Dinah and Coley are eating in the abandoned ranch house kitchen, the cut on Dinah's lower lip shifts from the left side to the right side, then back to the left side of her lip. See more »


Deputy Burt: Now, what's your name?
Dinah Hunter: Hunter. Dinah Hunter.
Deputy Burt: You got some I.D.?
Dinah Hunter: Yes. Actually, no, it was my purse and it was stolen.
Deputy Burt: [unconvinced] Oh?
Dinah Hunter: Two kids stole my purse.
Deputy Burt: [still unconvined] Okay, okay, okay.
Dinah Hunter: Goddamnit...!
Deputy Burt: Hey, now you watch your mouth! There ain't no need to take the lord's name in vain, you hear?
Dinah Hunter: Yeah. Look, just call my sister.
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Remade as Outside Chance (1978) See more »

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Entertaining and Well-Made Drama
11 November 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Jackson County Jail (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Dinah (Yvette Mimieux) gets into a fight with her boss and when she returns home she catches her husband cheating on her once again. She's finally had enough and takes a job in New York and decides to drive cross country but after picking up a pair of hitchhikers everything goes to Hell. She's robbed by the hitchhikers and this leads to a run of bad luck, which has her thrown in jail with bad boy Coley Blake (Tommy Lee Jones).

JACKSON COUNTY JAIL walks a fine line between a serious drama and the type of exploitation flick that were very popular at the drive-in during this era. I must admit that I'm really shocked at how well-made the film was and at how little exploitation there actually is. I say that because Roger Corman was the producer and we know what type of movies he was pumping out during the 1970's. Fans of good dramas should enjoy this picture.

The greatest thing for the film are certainly the two lead performers as both of them deliver excellent performances. You just can't help but feel bad for Mimieux and she perfectly captures this character, her heartache and eventually her willingness to fight to try and live. Jones is also excellent in this early performance as the tough guy who was "born dead." The two actors share some great chemistry and really make for an entertaining team. We even have Robert Carradine in a small supporting role.

The film features a pretty non-graphic but disturbing rape sequence, which is extremely well directed by Michael Miller. The sequence is quite tense without crossing the lines of bad taste. The film runs a very quick 83-minutes and there's really not a slow spot anywhere to be found. JACKSON COUNTY JAIL has a big cult following and it's easy to see why.

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Release Date:

April 1976 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Paso Robles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$445,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

New World Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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