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Jackals (1986)

Cops in a small town near the Mexican border find themselves caught up in a scheme that smuggles illegal aliens into the country.


Gary Grillo


Dennis A. Pratt
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Credited cast:
Jameson Parker ... Dave Buchanon
Jack Lucarelli ... Joe Case
Gerald McRaney ... Jake Wheeler
Wilford Brimley ... Sheriff Mitchell
Jeannie Wilson Jeannie Wilson ... Jess Buchanon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherry Adamo Sherry Adamo ... Little
Billy C. Chandler Billy C. Chandler ... Deputy Mitchell
Roman Cisneros Roman Cisneros ... Raul
Robert Covarrubias ... Ramon
Rosanna DeSoto ... Manuela
Warner Glenn Warner Glenn ... Warner
Randy Hall Randy Hall ... Raybo
Danelle Hand Danelle Hand ... Angelina
Sharon Hughes Sharon Hughes ... Valerie
Rick Hurst ... Harley


While hunting with his old partner, a former cop witnesses the murder of an illegal immigrant in the Arizona desert. After realizing the killer was an off-duty police officer, they investigate and discover he is leading a human smuggling ring.

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An ex-cop. To escape the violence, he quit the force. The violence followed him.


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

19 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Justice See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,200, 28 September 1986

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hunter/MFG Production See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in Shakedown (1988) See more »


Tryin' To Say Goodbye
Music and Lyrics by Paul Chihara, Candy Chase and Gary Chase
Vocal by'Jeannie Wilson (I)'
Produced by Craig Huxley
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Some of these unseen movies are better than the hits.
30 August 2016 | by daniel-kyleSee all my reviews

I agree with a couple of the other reviews: a 'sleeper', and I was also lucky to find an old VHS copy in the sale bin at a video store a while back. Given the fairly high profile of the "Simon & Simon" TV stars, certainly at the time this was made, it is somewhat surprising that it went absolutely below the radar. Compared to big name movies with similar subject matter (like "The Border"), this film does a very good job of treating the issue of illegal border crossings from Mexico with a lot of depth, and I would say that in some ways it is even superior in drawing you into the characters situations - a sense of reality that is often missing from more polished or fast paced movies. I strongly recommend viewing if you like any of the actors, or are interested in this sort of story.

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