Jackson County Jail (film)

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Jackson County Jail
Film Poster for Jackson County Jail.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Miller
Produced by Jeff Begun
Roger Corman
(executive producer)
Written by Donald E. Stewart
Starring Yvette Mimieux
Tommy Lee Jones
Robert Carradine
Music by L. Loren Newkirk
Cinematography Bruce Logan
Edited by Caroline Biggerstaff
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • April 1976 (1976-04)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000[1][2]
Box office $2.3 million[1]

Jackson County Jail is an American exploitation action thriller film from 1976 directed by Michael Miller, starring Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, and Robert Carradine.


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.


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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.


The film has become a cult movie. In 1996, it was selected by film director Quentin Tarantino for the first Quentin Tarantino Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Film critic Danny Peary lists the film as one of his "Must See" Films in his Guide for the Film Fanatic (1986).[3]


  1. ^ a b Christopher T Koetting, Mind Warp!: The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures, Hemlock Books. 2009 p 100-102
  2. ^ FILM CLIPS: Hedging Bets on 'Missouri' Deal Kilday, Gregg. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Aug 1976: f7.
  3. ^ "List of Peary's "Must See" Films". Retrieved 29 May 2012. 

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