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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).

Director:

Ernest Pintoff

Writer:

Yabo Yablonsky
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Cast

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
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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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Now is the time for a great new screen hero. Now is the time for JAGUAR. See more »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jaguar See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Joseph Wiseman (Ben Ashir). See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Cross: Look, I'm sure you and your little bulldog didn't just fly in to see the cows.
Anna Thompson: That's what I like about you, Jonathan, always direct. No fat, no lean.
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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 »


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Smokin'
Written by Rob Walsh and Gerry Gibson
Performed by The Fuller Avenue Band
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JAGUAR LIVES! (Ernest Pintoff, 1979) **
1 September 2015 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I had first recorded this off late-night Italian TV but, thankfully, had not yet checked the movie out before it turned up in English: a vague James Bond rip-off in which the protagonist (one Joe Lewis) happens to be a martial arts expert – for the record, the two styles had already clashed, far more successfully, in Bruce Lee's last-completed and best vehicle i.e. ENTER THE DRAGON (1973). Even if the producers of this one were wily enough to recruit a roster of co-stars – no fewer than 5 of whom had appeared in previous Bond extravaganzas (Barbara Bach, John Huston, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence and Joseph Wiseman)! – the result is, while not boring, hardly thrilling, in spite their being practically no let-up to the action!!

Incidentally, much is made of the mysterious identity of the chief villain (at least, they had the good sense to not cast an established actor in the role – who would have invariably blown the hero out of the water in that department!) when the pre-credits sequence gives this away all-too-plainly!! Lewis' "sensei" is Woody Strode and, among his adversaries, is Capucine (who, having failed to dispatch the "Jaguar" herself, later calls on Lee and insists to be informed when this is finally accomplished!); the latter, however, displays an admirable code of ethics when he lets Lewis go after he has repeatedly defeated his goons inside a Japanese cemetery! Wiseman plays blind and Huston (amusingly, his character is named Ralph Richards!) wheelchair-bound, so that only Pleasence has fun as the self-appointed but – inevitably – cowardly dictator of a banana republic.

As I said, the action highlights (personally choreographed by the leading man) are not exactly ground-breaking and too often merely silly – at one point, he takes on a gang of motorcycle thugs, not to mention the various minions at a factory, whom he overcomes not via his usual karate moves but by throwing every kind of accessory which comes his way at any approaching assailant!; then again, it must be pointed out that director Pintoff had started out in animation. The film, at the very least looks good – helped in no small measure by the globe-trotting nature of the plot – but, atypically, Lewis proves oddly resistant to female company (save for ex-colleague Sally Faulkner, who has improbably forsaken espionage for a nun's habit!). The concluding moments show the protagonist once again having his training sessions interrupted by the arrival of agent Bach…but, unsurprisingly, no sequel ever surfaced (or was likely ever commissioned, though the star would in fact return to the big screen for FORCE: FIVE {1981}, directed by ENTER THE DRAGON's own Robert Clouse!).


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