Jaguar Lives!

Jaguar Lives! is a 1979 American action film directed by Ernest Pintoff and starring Joe Lewis, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence and Barbara Bach.[2] Its plot follows a secret agent who battles an international drugs ring.

Jaguar Lives!
Directed byErnest Pintoff
Produced byDerek Gibson[1]
Screenplay byYabo Yablonsky[1]
Music byRobert O. Ragland[1]
CinematographyJohn Cabrera[1]
Edited byAngelo Ross[1]
Jaguar Productions, Ltd.[1]
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
  • 31 August 1979 (1979-08-31) (Los Angeles)
Running time
90 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States[1]


Despite receiving top billing in the credits, stars such as Christopher Lee, Barbara Bach and Donald Pleasance barely feature in the narrative.


Jaguar Lives! was the feature film debut of karate and kickboxing champion Joe Lewis and was planned as being the first in a series of action films featuring Lewis as special agent “Jonathan Cross.”[1] Filming began on June 26, 1978 in Madrid, Spain.[1] The film was scheduled for six weeks in Spain and four weeks in other countries, including Japan, Germany, Turkey, Italy, and Hong Kong.[1]


Jaguar Lives! opened in Los Angeles on August 31, 1979.[1]


From contemporary reviews, Paul Taylor of The Monthly Film Bulletin declared that the film would have been more attractive nine years ago and that "there are a few signs of Pintoff's quirky humour, but overall the film registers as a tacky chore."[3] Taylor noted that |only Donald Pleasence rises to the bait of his over-the-top bit-part villain."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Jaguar Lives!". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  2. ^ "Jaguar A Vehicle For Karate ". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Paul (February 1980). "Jaguar Lives". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 47 no. 553. British Film Institute. pp. 23–24.

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