Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack (1998)

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Fact-based story about a woman's fight to get her rodeo star husband freed from a false murder conviction.


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6 December 2018 | Wuchakk
| Unbelievable real-life case of Southern injustice
Released to TV in 1998, "Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack" (1998) is a crime drama based on the true story of Texas Rodeo star Jack Favor (Clint Black), who is framed for a double murder in 1967 and wrongly imprisoned in Angola prison, Louisiana. His wife (Lisa Hartman) works to apprehend justice while, on the inside, Jack uses his talents to inspire his fellow inmates.

The tone is a meshing of "The Onion Field" (1979) and "Brubaker" (1980), but of course with a different story and less polished production values due to the TV budget. Nevertheless, the drama is compelling enough and even moving in the second half.

I found both Clint and Lisa convincing and don't see where people say Clint's a lousy actor. He may not be Robert Redford, but he ain't bad. Yet he wasn't the best physical fit for Cadillac Jack since Clint is 5'9" while the rodeo star was 6'2". Then again, the same thing was done with Joaquin Phoenix playing Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" (2005) so I guess it's not a big deal.

The film runs 1 hour, 31 minutes and was shot in northeast Texas (Farmersville, McKinney & Cleburne).



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28 April 1998



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Cleburne, Texas, USA

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