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Jacob's Ladder (1990)

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Release Date
• USA: Nov 2, 1990
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 1, 1998

Budget USD 25,000,000

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Running Time
1 hour, 55 minutes

Country USA

Studio Carolco Pictures, TriStar

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Other Titles
• Jacob's Ladder
• Dante's Inferno (1990)
• Dantes Inferno

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Horror, Psychodrama, Suspense, Ghosts, Demon, Gore, Monsters, Supernatural, Surreal, Military, Drugs, Disturbing

Tagline: The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.

Plot: Adrian Lyne's JACOB’S LADDER moves in time and space between Vietnam and New York with hallucinatory force. Something bad happened on the Mekong Delta, on October 6, 1971, and it is still affecting war veteran Jacob (Tim Robbins) in Brooklyn as he attempts to live a normal life with coworker and girlfriend Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña). Louis (Danny Aiello), an understanding chiropractor, tries to help him cope with his nightmarish visions--some of which occur at night, while others intrude into his daily life. When Jacob gets a call from Paul (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who was with him in Vietnam, it seems that Jacob is not alone in his visions. The film offers impressive and compelling performances by Peña, Aiello (no ordinary chiropractor), and Ving Rhames and Eriq La Salle (the latter of ER) as Jacob’s comrades from Vietnam. Macaulay Culkin appears uncredited as Jacob's young son, Gabe. Director Lyne also guides an unerring interpretation of Bruce Joel Rubin's screenplay in Robbins's powerfully restless, searingly searching performance as Jacob; brilliant editing additionally rounds out this engrossing, disturbing film. JACOB’S LADDER is a jolting experience that is not easily

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external linkDirector Adrian Lyne certainly works hard at trying to keep you off balance and it works to moderation with some scenes getting under your skin but it just doesn't pan out because the narrative just seems to jump about too much and the film doesn't seem to explore some of its themes enough. ... Overall this is a flawed effort that has some moments of greatness but just can't get a grip of it's disjointed script. 2/4

 Directed by
Adrian Lyne
Unfaithful, Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal
 Written by
Bruce Joel Rubin
Deep Impact, Ghost, Brainstorm
Tim Robbins
The Shawshank Redemption, War of the Worlds, Top Gun
Danny Aiello
Leon, Once Upon a Time in America, Lucky Number Slevin
Matt Craven
A Few Good Men, Crimson Tide, The Life of David Gale
Pruitt Taylor Vince
JFK, Constantine, Identity
Jason Alexander
Pretty Woman, Shallow Hal, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Eriq La Salle
One Hour Photo, Coming to America, Color of Night
Ving Rhames
Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible
 Music By
Maurice Jarre
Dead Poets Society, Lawrence of Arabia, Ghost

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