Jackson County Jail

Jackson County Jail Information

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.


  • 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

Production notes

The film is one of several so-called "drive-in"? films that were presented as true stories ( 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).

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