Taglines: A comedy about two outlaws who just wanted to be wanted.
Paul Hogan plays Lightning Jack Kane, a long-sighted Australian outlaw in the American west, with his horse, Mate. After the rest of his gang is killed in a robbery-gone-wrong, Jack survives only to read of the events in the newspaper that he was nothing next to others. Annoyed at not being recognised as an outlaw, Jack attempts a robbery by himself, and ends up taking young mute Ben Doyle (Cuba Gooding Jr.) as a hostage. He later discovers that, tired of never having been treated with respect due to his disability, Ben wishes to join him.
Jack attempts to teach Ben how to shoot a gun and rob banks, with his first attempt at “on-the-job” training ending with Ben shooting himself in the foot. Across the course of the training, they pay occasional visits to saloons where Jack shows Ben the truth about adult life, including helping him to lose his virginity. However, the true nature of the saloon visits is for Jack to make contact with showgirl Lana Castel (Beverly D’Angelo), who, unbeknownst to Jack, is madly in love with him.
Lightning Jack is a 1994 American-Australian Western comedy film written by and starring Paul Hogan, as well as Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly D’Angelo, Kamala Lopez, Pat Hingle, Richard Riehle, Roger Daltrey, Frank McRae, Sandy Ward and Douglas Stewart.
Lightning Jack (1994)
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Starring: Paul Hogan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly D’Angelo, Kamala Lopez, Pat Hingle, Richard Riehle, Roger Daltrey, Frank McRae, Sandy Ward, Douglas Stewart
Screenplay by: Paul Hogan
Production Design by: Lisette Thomas
Cinematography by: David Eggby
Film Editing by: O. Nicholas Brown
Costume Design by: Bruce Finlayson
Set Decoration by: Lynn Wolverton-Parker
Art Direction by: Lisette Thomas
Music by: Bruce Rowland
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content.
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
Release Date: March 11, 1994