Jackson County Jail (film)
|Jackson County Jail|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Miller|
|Produced by||Jeff Begun
|Written by||Donald E. Stewart|
Tommy Lee Jones
|Music by||L. Loren Newkirk|
|Edited by||Caroline Biggerstaff|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$2.3 million|
Dinah Hunter (Mimieux) works for a Los Angeles advertising agency and has been involved in a two-year romantic relationship. After she catches the man being unfaithful to her, Dinah quits her job and drives to New York for a fresh start.
On a rural highway in the West, she picks up two hitchhikers. They rob and assault her, stealing her purse and car. A law enforcement officer then places Dinah herself under arrest when she can produce no identification. He locks her in a cell of the Jackson County jail, where one of the guards brutally beats and rapes her.
Dinah kills her rapist jailer and escapes with the help of Coley, a thief who likes to hijack trucks. A bond forms between them as Dinah and Coley flee the law, even though he could be a deranged killer as well. They make a stand together in a final climatic car chase and shootout with police which results in Coley being killed and Dinah being wounded and captured by the corrupt policemen of Jackson County.
- Yvette Mimieux as Dinah Hunter
- Tommy Lee Jones as Coley Blake
- Robert Carradine as Bobby Ray
- Severn Darden as Sheriff Dempsey
- Howard Hesseman as David
- John Lawlor as Deputy Bert
- Britt Leach as Dan Oldum
- Nan Martin as Allison
- Mary Woronov as Pearl
The film is one of several so-called “drive-in” films that were presented as true stories (à la 1972's The Legend of Boggy Creek; 1973's Walking Tall; 1974's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre; 1975's Macon County Line and 1976's The Town That Dreaded Sundown) when most, if not all, of what was portrayed on screen was outright fiction.
- Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 100-102
- FILM CLIPS: Hedging Bets on 'Missouri' Deal Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Aug 1976: f7.
- "List of Peary's "Must See" Films". Retrieved 29 May 2012.
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