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Jackson County Jail (1976)





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Yvette Mimieux delivers a sensitive, nuanced performance in a role that could have easily spread into a cheap exploitation turn in Jackson County Jail. Mimieux plays advertising executive Dinah Hunter, who leaves Los Angeles and a promising career after she discovers her lover has been cheating on her. Determined to start fresh in New York City, she gets into her car and heads east. Picking up some young hitchhikers along the way, she ends up stranded in an out-of-the-way western town after being beaten up and having her car stolen. Thrown into the local jailhouse on trumped up charges, she finds herself at the mercy of a psychopathic guard who further beats her and then rapes her. Dinah kills the jailkeeper and goes on the lam with fellow jailhouse inmate and down-home radical Coley Blake (Tommy Lee Jones). The sheriff's department engages the couple in a wild car chase through a parade commemorating the United States' Bicentennial, as Dinah and Coley try to break free to the open road.

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Yvette Mimieux
as Dinah Hunter
Tommy Lee Jones
as Coley Blake
Severn Darden
as Sheriff Dempsey
Nan Martin
as Allison
John Lawlor
as Deputy Burt
Britt Leach
as Dan Oldum
Betty Thomas
as Waitress
Patrice Rohmer
as Cassie Anne
Lisa Copeland
as Girl in Commercial
Cliff Emmich
as Mr. Bigelow
Michael Ashe
as Mr. Cooper
Edward Marshall
as Mr. Blight
Marcie Drake
as Candy (David's Girlfriend)
Ken Lawrence
as Paulie (Trucker at Counter)
Ed Marshall
as Mr. Blight
Marcie Barkin
as Girl in Restaurant
Michael Hilkene
as Vincent Lepardo
Roy David Hagle
as Ambulance Driver
William Molloy
as Deputy Lyle Peters
Jackie Robin
as Drunk Woman
Gus Peters
as Melon Man Shaw
Richard Lockmiller
as Officer Jessie
Jack O'Leary
as Officer Blake
Duffy Hambleton
as Sam Mayers
Mark Carlton
as Highway Patrolman
Don Hinz
as Highway Patrolman
James Arnett
as Highway Patrolman
Norma Moye
as Mayor of Fallsburg
Hal Needham
as Chief of Fallsburg Police
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A woman's American odyssey becomes a road trip from hell, making her a victim of and then a fugitive from a corrupt political justice and law enforcement system that might as well be an extension of the betrayals of her workplace and home.

September 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Bucks the b-movie conventions by forsaking simple car chases and explosions for a surprisingly insightful little tale of rape and escape.

January 8, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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