Jack's Back

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This article is about the film. For the American Dad episode, see Jack's Back (American Dad!).
Jack's Back
Jacks back.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rowdy Herrington
Produced by Cassian Elwes
Tim Moore
Written by Rowdy Herrington
Starring James Spader
Cynthia Gibb
Robert Picardo
Music by Danny Di Paola
Cinematography Shelly Johnson
Edited by Harry B. Miller III
Distributed by Palisades Entertainment (theatrical)
Paramount Pictures (home video)
Release date
  • May 6, 1988 (1988-05-06)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $492,519 (USA)

Jack’s Back is a 1988 mystery/thriller film written and directed by Rowdy Herrington and starring James Spader and Cynthia Gibb.


A young doctor in Los Angeles becomes a suspect 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.

Cast and characters[edit]


The film got a negative review in The New York Times, which read in part "Jack's Back, which opens today at the Cine 1 and other theaters, 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."[1]

Conversely, both Gene Siskel & Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs up with Siskel declaring that it was a most impressive debut for Rowdy Herrington, as it was for Spader and Gibbs.[2] As of April 2012, it has an insufficient number of reviews for an overall rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.[3]

Home video releases[edit]

UK-based distributor Slam Dunk Media released the film on DVD in May 2007 in 1.33:1 full frame format. It is the only DVD release to date. It was available on Netflix video streaming service in SD widescreen format.[4] Scream Factory released the film in fall 2015 for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in the US.[5]


  1. ^ "The Ripper's Return," Caryn James, The New York Times," May 6, 1988
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf89pUUBk78
  3. ^ Rotten Tomatoes page for Jack's Back
  4. ^ Scream Factory Announces a Ton of New Blu-Rays!
  5. ^ Scream Factory; Jack s back

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