Lightning Jack Kane is an Australian outlaw in the wild west. During a bungled bank robbery he picks up mute Ben Doyle as a hostage. The two become good friends, with Jack teaching Ben how to rob banks, while they plan Jack’s last heist.
EAT YOUR HEART OUT DON KNOTTS
Lightning Jack, Every bit as good as some of the Knott’s movies or any western comedy. In fact, I actually like the humor in this better than “Shakiest Gun In The West”. Knotts’ characters are complete idiots. Hogan is an incomplete idiot. LOL. All seriousness aside, this movie is very well done. Hogan is Hogan. Cuba is delightful. And who doesn’t LOVE Beverly D’Angelo?
This is a comedy set in the old west. Even if it’s not your favorite movie genre, it’s worth watching if for no reason than the amazing acting by Cuba Gooding, Jr. It takes a talented actor to give such a strong performance without a single word of dialogue. Paul Hogan is as adorable as ever, although the role of Lightning Jack Kane doesn’t differ much from his Crocodile Mick Dundee character. The supporting cast nicely fills out the roster of characters. I recommend this film for its light, entertaining value.
Better than 90% of movies today. Great story a little silly. Paul at the time of the release was on top of the world. It’s a great movie to watch with a crazy gun toting wife.
What an homage to Westerns. This is more in the mold of “Rustler’s Rhapsody” which itself was a treat.
Lightning Jack was played by Paul Hogan. He was a quick draw outlaw that was quickly gang less after a botched bank robbery. Though he never rebuilt his gang, he gained a sidekick in Ben Doyle (Cuba Gooding Jr.). There was just one problem: Ben Doyle was mute. Ben Doyle being a mute sidekick made for some serious comedy.
Part of me said that I shouldn’t laugh because they’re making fun of a handicap. Another, more juvenile, part of me laughed heartily at Ben Doyle’s antics. Honestly, it takes remarkable acting to play a mute and have the range of expressions to be funny. It’s almost a throwback to silent films in which everything was conveyed via facial expressions and bodily motions. So maybe “Lightning Jack” is just a guilty pleasure of mine.