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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 ... 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 the world was shocked by a man they called The Ripper. He was never caught... See more »


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Trivia

The police mention Richard was part of a gang. James Spader was at war with a gang in Tuff Turf (1989). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

John: [Slamming his fist down onto the table as he speaks] MY BROTHER DIDN'T KILL ANYBODY, some mother FUCKER slung him from his neck from the fucking ceiling!
Sgt. Gabriel: We have an eyewitness.
John: FUCK YOUR EYEWITNESS! This is bullshit, alright? If you wanna book me, book me.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

My Way
(Comme d'Habitude)
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
English lyrics by Paul Anka
Published by Publishers Management Agency / Music Publishing Inc.
Rerecorded by Rod Loomis
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A Cool Take on the Ripper Story
24 October 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A serial killer in Los Angeles celebrates Jack the Ripper's 100th anniversary by committing similar murders.

My first thought was how strange this film was for starting when there was only one murder left. It seems like it would make more sense to start at the first murder and allow the characters to solve the mystery of the pattern. Instead, they know from the opening scene that the killer is following the pattern of Jack the Ripper. This takes out much of the mystery element...

The cast here is pretty great, with both James Spader and Robert Picardo, both (I think) before becoming bigger names. Spader always had that boy next door charm, and Picardo is interesting and plays his role as a psychiatrist well, coming off as very suspicious at all the right moments.

The New York Times said "is so dull it leaves you plenty of time to marvel at how a plot can be this rickety, how a production can look this shabby, and how the first-time writer and director Rowdy Herrington could borrow a story with so relentless a grip on our imaginations and in no time at all declaw it." This seems terribly harsh. While not the greatest movie, it is still much better than many films out there, and had a premise that was enough to carry it.

I watched this film on Netflix, and I am told this version is different from the one on VHS or that was shown in theaters. I would be curious to know the differences, as I am told they are big enough to completely change the plot of the film... I liked the version I saw, but maybe the other is even better?


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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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