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Jaguar Lives! (1979)

PG | | Action | November 1979 (USA)
The world's new Karate hero (Joe Lewis) is out to stop drug dealers, gangs, and help save the world from an evil con (Sir Christopher Lee).


Ernest Pintoff


Yabo Yablonsky




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Lewis ... Jonathan Cross (Jaguar)
Christopher Lee ... Adam Caine
Donald Pleasence ... General Villanova
Barbara Bach ... Anna Thompson
Capucine ... Zina Vanacore
Joseph Wiseman ... Ben Ashir
Woody Strode ... Sensei
John Huston ... Ralph Richards
Gabriel Melgar Gabriel Melgar ... Ahmed
Anthony De Longis ... Bret Barrett
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Terry
Gail Grainger Gail Grainger ... Consuela
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ... Coblintz
Luis Prendes ... Habish
Simón Andreu ... Petrie


The world's new Karate hero (Joe Lewis) is out to stop drug dealers, gangs, and help save the world from an evil con (Sir Christopher Lee).

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These treacherous times demand a new style of hero. NOW IS THE TIME FOR JAGUAR [Video Australia] See more »




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Joe Lewis was a world class Karate champion, and trained with Bruce Lee. He fought several matches against Chuck Norris in the 1960s. See more »


Jonathan Cross: I never believed this would happen.
Bret Barrett: That's the trouble with you, Jonathan. You believe too much.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 26 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of nunchakus. See more »


Piano Concerto No. 1
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
courtesy of De Wolfe Music
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Don't Expect Too Much
26 September 2019 | by videorama-759-859391See all my reviews

This film has never really cut it for me. Although there's a lot of action, it's forgettable or it just doesn't captivate us, and never really lives up to what could been. It falls below the ranks of being a memorable if kind of dry actioner, which wastes a great cast, including a smaller part by an Aussie actor who does the voice over for the very same VHS company who brought out this forgettable film, whose cover poster of our hunky actor lead, is no less than engaging. And of course, you're not expecting a feat of acting chops. Again, more brawn than brain. This is a film that just seems to run a limited course, and falls short many times. Even in it's exciting and promising start (perpetual lasting explosions have never been more beautiful) it gives in too easy, where promising suspense is killed. The film keeps running short on things, unhelped by bad editing, if working on a short budget. Out hunky Lewis, code name Jaguar, who's betrayed at the start, is enlisted to take down an international drug dealer. The great Christopher Lee is one of the few highlights of the film, and Cappucine, plays a great vilanness, but bottom line, this is just a forgettable film. Even with Jaguar claiming arse kicking revenge, we're hardly moved or riveted. Jaguar, certainly a force to be reckoned, won't live on in the mind of moviegoers, just less demanding ones, in a slightly bland type action film, that certainly won't leave an imprint on us audience.

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November 1979 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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