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Jackson County Jail

3.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Yvette Mimieux is an East Coast professional who tires of life in Hollywood and decides to drive cross-country back to New York, until a carjacking on a rural highway plunges her into the worst night of her life. She's pawed by a sleazy bar owner, jailed next to cold killer Tommy Lee Jones, and raped by a lascivious slob of a jailer. When the sloppy good-ol'-boy cop reaches out to her in belated shame, his touch sends her into a panicked attack and she beats the life out of him until Jones drags her from the jail in an impromptu escape. On the surface this mix of Southern-fried cars-and-guns adventure and woman-in-peril thriller might look like pure exploitation. Director Michael Miller certainly shows a flair for wild car chases and pitched gunplay, but he also shows an unexpected sensitive hand in the seamier elements of the film. Mimieux is no shrinking victim; she carves out a strong, assured character slowly stripped of her dignity, and her shock and emotional hysteria during and following the attack is piercing. Tommy Lee Jones, in his first leading role, shows his star potential in a relaxed and confident performance as a terse career crook on the run from a murder rap. Almost philosophical about his way of life ("I was born dead," he tosses off before making a run for it), he is at once clear-eyed, candid, and the most tender character in the film. --Sean Axmaker

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  • Actors: Yvette Mimieux, Tommy Lee Jones, Lisa Copeland, Cliff Emmich, Michael Ashe
  • Directors: Michael Miller
  • Writers: Donald Stewart
  • Producers: Jeff Begun, Paul Gonsky, Roger Corman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: New Concorde
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2000
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WG8U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jackson County Jail" on IMDb

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Well, at least that's what the voiceover in the theatrically shown film trailer proclaims. Released in 1976 'Jackson County Jail' has developed a legitimate cult following in the years since. While it may appear to the average movie viewer to be much-ado-about-nothing hardcore fans of the genre love this Roger Corman produced pic. Independent film maker Corman himself has a huge nearly unfathomable cult following; taking this factor into account it isn't a wonder that this minor gem remains well-known today. If it had anyone else's name attached to it I imagine 'Jackson County Jail' would have fallen by the wayside along with many others of its type. But besides the prestige that Corman's name lends there is more here than meets than the eye. The excellent acting in the key roles, interesting casting of supporting players and sharp direction that keeps the suspense and tension building. But most especially of interest is the quirky existentialist like plot contained within the story that is embodied by its two main characters.

After getting unnecessarily verbally abused Dinah Hunter (Yvette Mimieux) quits her job as a commercial producer and leaves Los Angeles for a new job in New York, intending to drive herself there. Stopping to eat at a diner she happens across a young couple who she sympathizes with and offers a ride to them. Later that evening the young couple steal Dinah's car and purse, forcing her out and abandoning her. Finding a road house bar she explains what happened and asks to use the phone. The owner leads her to a back room where he tries to rape her. She breaks free of him, tumbles back out into the bar and directly into the arms of a law officer.
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Well I'll tell you what, when producer Roger Corman comes across something successful in one of his cinematic projects, he certainly milks the hell out of it...take this film, titled Jackson County Jail (1976) aka The Innocent Victim. A fairly popular movie, one that did well both in terms of box office receipts and critical acclaim, has since been remade at least two times, once in 1978 as a made for TV movie titled Outside Chance, featuring many of the actors present from the original film (but not Tommy Lee Jones), and then again in 1997 with the film titled Macon County Jail, which featured Ally Sheedy and David Carradine. I haven't seen the subsequent remakes, but I did get a chance to see the original last night, and I thought it quite good. Written by Donald Stewart, who would later provide screenplays for the films The Hunt for Red October (1990), Patriot Games (1992), and Clear and Present Danger (1994), and directed by Michael Miller (Silent Rage, Class Reunion), the film features Yvette Mimieux, better known to me as the character Weena, from the classic science fiction feature The Time Machine (1960), and Tommy Lee Jones (Coal Miner's Daughter, The Fugitive), in a very early role in his career. Also appearing is Betty Thomas ("Hill Street Blues"), Howard Hesseman ("WKRP in Cincinnati"), Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds), Corman favorite Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), and stuntman/actor/writer/director Hal Needham, who's probably best know for his high octane features including Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), and The Cannonball Run (1981), to name a few.

L.A. ad executive Dinah Hunter (Mimieux) is having a bad day, and things are about to get a whole lot worse...
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I guess you don't have to rave about the superior direction and acting anymore, as this is one of the 70's films which deserves its cult reputation. I only wish the production of this DVD had been adequate - the image is good, but the sound is TERRIBLE. Especially the opening scene in the monitoring room and the scene with Yvette Mimieux meeting the teenage hitchhikers are hardly audible. My dupe of the old Warner rental tape sounds better. Shame on you, guys!
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O.K., so this movie is a typical Roger Corman production with the usual Roger Corman production values. That makes it, of course, a really worthwhile film. Corman may have made some weirdos, but all of his movies are fun. Tommy Lee Jones was perfectly cast in Jackson County Jail. I think perhaps only Steve Railsback could have matched the performance. Yvette? This is as cruise-speed sexy as she has ever been. And, her performance is Grade A. This movie has a large cult following for various reasons. And, even though it's not the best of it's genre, it is a film worth the price. Good ole' Roger Corman. Good ole' Yvette!! Good ole' Tommy Lee!! They click.
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Mimieux is having a bad day; at odds with her boss at work, comes home to find her man with another woman, and then her day really goes to hell! Standard chase pic is a notch or 2 above the average and has garnered something of a cult reputation but is still nothing special. Benefits from a truly sympathetic heroine and a good turn from a stunningly youthful Jones. Quite a graphic rape scene for the time.

Star rating is a 2.5
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