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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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Rowdy Herrington
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... John / Rick Wesford
Cynthia Gibb ... Chris Moscari
Jim Haynie ... Sgt. Gabriel
Robert Picardo ... Dr. Carlos Battera
Rod Loomis ... Dr. Sidney Tannerson
Rex Ryon Rex Ryon ... Jack Pendler
Chris Mulkey ... Scott Morofsky
Wendell Wright Wendell Wright ... Capt. Walter Prentis
John Wesley ... Sam Hilliard
Bobby Hosea ... Tom Dellerton
Danitza Kingsley ... Denise Johnson
Anne Betancourt ... Mary
Diane Erickson Diane Erickson ... Andrea Banks
Sis Greenspon Sis Greenspon ... Martha
Graham Timbes Graham Timbes ... Surgeon
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Storyline

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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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Rain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$492,519
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Identical twins do not have the same fingerprints. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Gabriel: They say that Jack the Ripper was surgeon... this maybe the same as our current killer
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Harvest
Written by Danny Di Paola, Paul Saax and Jim Tunnell
Performed by Paul Saax
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Spader's charisma in full force
7 October 1999 | by stills-6See 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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