Jailbreakers (1994) from Tuna

Jailbreakers (1994) is a made for TV film starring Shannon Doherty as a bad girl High Schooler who falls for a motorcycle riding petty hood James Dean wannabe. After he is arrested for a robbery and burglary which were half her fault, he is in jail, and her parents are forced to move. He breaks out of jail, finds her, and they head towards Mexico with the police hot on their trail.  


Nudity, none, acting, none. 

DVD info from Amazon.

bare bones

Scoop's notes: 
  • You know who directed this? William Friedkin. Yup, that William Friedkin, the guy who directed The French Connection and The Exorcist. Unbelievable! How could that be? At his apogee, The Exorcist is rated 7.9 at IMDb. At his perigee, Deal of the Century checks in at 4.4. Franklin Schaffner had about the same high-low range. Patton is 8.1, Sphinx is 4.8. 

  • If you believe the movies, the greatest traffic on the Mexico/USA border is toward Mexico. They must really have a problem with illegal U.S. immigrants there, especially escaped prisoners and fleeing felons. 

The Critics Vote

  • Maltin says: "average"

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDB readers say 4.8/10, but I look for that to drop once more people vote.
  • With their dollars ... made for Showtime
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D+, as it is at least technically competent, but not worth watching.

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