Pic has a predictable, uncomplicated plot. A fashionable ad woman (Yvette Mimieux) leaves her career and her cheating lover behind in LA, destination New York. Along the way, she gets beaten up by juvenile hitchhikers (Robert Carradine is one of them) who steal her car, leaving her stranded in some ambiguous western town where she's promptly thrown in jail on phony charges and raped by a psychotic jailkeeper.

Pic has a predictable, uncomplicated plot. A fashionable ad woman (Yvette Mimieux) leaves her career and her cheating lover behind in LA, destination New York. Along the way, she gets beaten up by juvenile hitchhikers (Robert Carradine is one of them) who steal her car, leaving her stranded in some ambiguous western town where she’s promptly thrown in jail on phony charges and raped by a psychotic jailkeeper.

She kills the jailkeeper and is forced to go on the lam with a rowdy but caring inmate (Tommy Lee Jones), a radical country boy who steals ‘because everyone is dishonest’.

The after-effects of the rape are handled with more care than usual, and Mimieux turns in a convincing, well-controlled performance.

Jackson County Jail

Production

New World. Director Michael Miller; Producer Jeff Begun; Screenplay Donald Stewart; Camera Bruce Logan; Editor Caroline Ferriol; Music Loren Newkirk; Art Director Michael McCloskey

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Yvette Mimieux Tommy Lee Jones Robert Carradine Frederic Cook Severn Darden Howard Hesseman
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