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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, in the East-End slum of Whitechapel, a man shocked the world by murdering, raping and mutilating five women. He was never caught. 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

John: [dressing the old woman's hand wound] "You free Saturday night?"
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Jack the Ripper Goes West (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

My Way
Words and Music by Paul Anka, Jacques Revaux, Claude François and Gilles Thibaut
Published by Publishers Management Agency / Music Publishing Inc.
Rerecorded by Rod Loomis
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Hidden gem! Great Spader movie!
25 June 2003 | by d_sakakiSee all my reviews

I caught this on TV late at night. Thought it would just be some

typical 80's slasher movie, but I was pleasantly surprised to see

what a genuinely well-made thriller this was. It's a basic potboiler

story, but thoughtfully executed and James Spader is excellent in a

dual role as twin brothers. It's got a little bit of everything --

reincarnating the Jack the Ripper myth, twin brothers who are (of

course) total opposites, a bit of the paranormal, a great whodunit

mystery, and some genuinely creepy scenes. Spader really makes

this watchable -- the story's solid enough, but his performance is

just so much fun to watch. He plays one twin, who is the affable,

friendly doctor who works in a local free clinic, and then his

anti-hero bad-boy twin brother who works a minimum-wage job,

has shady connections, but ultimately shares his brother's sense

of justice and good heart. And Spader's performance isn't the

typical uber-yuppie, not a whiny preppy wimp, and not a total

psychopath. He's just playing an average guy trying to do the right

thing, save the girl, and clear his brother's name by finding the real

murderer. It's good stuff! For James Spader fans, I think it's a great

chance to see him do yet another unique job of character

interpretation.


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