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Jacob's Ladder (1990)

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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

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Adrian Lyne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Jacob
Elizabeth Peña ... Jezzie
Danny Aiello ... Louis
Matt Craven ... Michael
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Paul
Jason Alexander ... Geary
Patricia Kalember ... Sarah
Eriq La Salle ... Frank
Ving Rhames ... George
Brian Tarantina ... Doug
Anthony Alessandro Anthony Alessandro ... Rod
Brent Hinkley ... Jerry
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Elsa
Suzanne Shepherd ... Hospital Receptionist
Doug Barron Doug Barron ... Group Leader
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Storyline

Jacob Singer is trying to make sense of his fractured life and memories. Plagued by hallucinations, flashbacks, and conspiracies, he struggles down a path to enlightenment from these manic strains. With nothing but support from friends and loved ones will he be able to push through the haze of his PTSD.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dante's Inferno See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,500,760, 4 November 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,118,851
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Carolco Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors who were allegedly interested in playing the leading role of Jacob Singer included Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, and Al Pacino For the role of Jezzie, director Adrian Lyne auditioned roughly 300 women, including Jennifer Lopez,, Andie MacDowell, Madonna, Demi Moore and Julia Roberts. The role eventually went to the very first person who auditioned - Elizabeth Peña. See more »

Goofs

Jacob Singer walks from one subway car to another but when he exits the subway, the car is not there. See more »

Quotes

Jacob's Doctor: You're a lucky guy, Jake. You must have friends in high places.
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over a grainy black and white photo of Gabe and Jacob crossing the street together. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

SONNY BOY
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (as B.G. de Silva) / Lew Brown (as L. Brown) / Ray Henderson (as R. Henderson) / Al Jolson (as A. Jolson)
Published by Warner Bros. Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of MCA Records
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When movies have something to say
7 September 2014 | by Flamboyant_Little_DevilSee all my reviews

When movies have something to say they (can) become great movies. Jacob's Ladder is one such movie.

A Thriller/Film-Noir that sets a standard for the genre, it deals with metaphysical enquiries of the most profound there can be: Life, Death, War, Peace, the World outside and inside one's self, Heaven and Hell, Torment and Redemption.

Above all things, it's a voyage through a man's perspectives upon the Past and his Present, through his life and his personal fears and sorrow.

The acting is superb; the general mood is dark and sad with a lot of eeriness and yet strangely peaceful at times.

The viewer will feel the main character's (Jacob Singer) confusion and sympathise with his personal cause.

The Sound Track is beautiful and fits quite well with the general imagery and feeling throughout.

The dialogues are meaningful (specially between Jacob and Louis, his chiropractor), which (sad to say) has become a rarity in movies nowadays.

Get the movie, get the Extras and enjoy this Gem.


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