LIGHTNING JACK (1994) is a comedy/western starring CROCODILE DUNDEE's Paul Hogan (who also wrote and co-produced). Hogan plays the title character, a publicity-hungry gunslinger who looses his gang after a bank robbery goes bad. Failing his first solo robbery attempt, he takes a hostage who eventually becomes his partner -- a mute named Ben Doyle (Cuba Gooding, Jr.). Jack wants to pull just one more big bank job, to prove that he isn't washed up and impress his friends back in Australia with newspaper clippings that describe him as a notorious outlaw.
Although it tries hard, this isn't a very good movie. The meandering, derivative plot isn't particularly interesting or funny. At its best moments, LIGHTNING JACK occasionally rises to the level of mildly amusing. You may crack a smile or two over the course of the story, but it makes for an otherwise boring 90 minutes. The performers try to give it their best, but are either underdeveloped (Beverly D'Angelo's saloon prostitute) or given far too much screen time (Hogan). The film looks great and has a fantastic cast, but the dull and rambling script gives these one-dimensional characters nothing interesting to do. Ultimately this movie is a lifeless dud.