Jacobs Ladder

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Studio Lions Gate
SKU 216495720
UPC 012236604587
UPC 14 00012236604587
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Afterlife
Death
Ghosts
Psychodrama
Recommended
Suspense
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Vietnam
Editors Note
Note 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 forgotten.
Plot Summary
Summary Vietnam War veteran Jacob Singer, now at home in New York City, teeters on the edge of psychological collapse as he nurses the emotional scars of his combat experience, and feelings of guilt surrounding personal tragedies in his stateside family life. However, when he begins suffering from intense, hellish hallucinations and near-accidents, he questions whether his torment is actually in his mind, or the result of clandestine experiments performed on Army grunts such as himself. A complex, twisted story that wrings rich performances from its leads, leaving the viewer exhausted and mystified, yet completely involved every step of the way.
Reviews
New York Times "...A slick, riveting, viscerally scary film....Played with disarming ease and sharp, frightening urgency by [Robbins]..." 11/02/1990 p.C12
Directors
Adrian Lyne
Actors
Tim Robbins
Elizabeth Peña
Danny Aiello
Cast & Crew
Tim Robbins - Star
Jason Alexander - Star
Elizabeth Peña - Star
Patricia Kalember - Star
Ving Rhames - Star
Pruitt Taylor Vince - Star
Brian Tarantina - Star
Bryan Larkin - Star
Danny Aiello - Star
Matt Craven - Star
Eriq La Salle - Star
Brian Morris - Production Designer
Tom Rolf - Editor
Alan Marshall - Producer
Jeffrey L. Kimball - Director of Photography
Maurice Jarre - Composer
Bruce Joel Rubin - Screenwriter
Adrian Lyne - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00012236604587
Number of Discs 1
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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