MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 695 this week

Jacknife (1989)

 -  Drama  -  10 March 1989 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 3,905 users  
Reviews: 28 user | 12 critic

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both... See full summary »

Director:

(as David Jones)

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 23 Aug 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 28 Oct 2011
 
a list of 37 titles
created 08 Jun 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Jacknife" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Jacknife (1989)

Jacknife (1989) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Jacknife.
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The story about a cheating and incompetent lawyer (Harry Fabian) who suddenly gets obsessed on becoming a boxing promoter.

Director: Irwin Winkler
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A worldly ambitious monsignor clashes with his older brother, a cynical L.A.homicide detective investigates the brutal murder of a young prostitute.

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Charles Durning
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two escaped cons only prayer to escape is to pass themselves off as priests and pass by the police blockade at the border into the safety of Canada.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Demi Moore
Born to Win (1971)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A smart-mouthed junkie/loser known as J.J. (George Segal) spends his days looking for just "one more fix".

Director: Ivan Passer
Stars: George Segal, Paula Prentiss, Karen Black
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

This is the funny story about two warring Mafia gangs in New York. The weaker gang use incredibly a lion to blackmail the opposite gang's "clients". The police succeeds to stop one of the gang, while the other remain without the Boss.

Director: James Goldstone
Stars: Jerry Orbach, Leigh Taylor-Young, Jo Van Fleet
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

F.Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life in this story of a movie producer slowly working himself to death.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Robert De Niro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train ... See full summary »

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Stars: Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Harvey Keitel
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia
Midnight Run (1988)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail.

Director: Martin Brest
Stars: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto
Greetings (1968)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An offbeat, episodic film about three friends, Paul, a shy love-seeker, Lloyd, a vibrant conspiracy nut, and Jon, an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. The film satirizes free-love, the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Jonathan Warden, Robert De Niro, Gerrit Graham
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Marcus (Michael Brandon), a nice, rich, Jewish boy from New York, meets and falls in love with Jennifer (Tippy Walker), a girl from Oyster Bay, while they are both in Venice. He follows her... See full summary »

Director: Noel Black
Stars: Michael Brandon, Tippy Walker, Steve Vinovich
Sam's Song (1969)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Early DeNiro film casts him as a New York film editor working on a documentary about Nixon and spending a weekend with rich friends Warren and Mickey. Crawford enters their lives and proceeds to disrupt everyone

Director: Jordan Leondopoulos
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jarred Mickey, Jennifer Warren
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Megs (as Robert DeNiro in opening credits)
...
Martha
...
Dave
Sloane Shelton ...
Shirley
...
Depot Mechanic
Michael Arkin ...
Dispatcher
...
Bobby Buckman
...
Helicopter Gunner
...
Tiny
...
Jake (as Charles Dutton)
...
Corridor Student (as Bruce Ramsey)
...
His Girlfriend
...
Tony
...
Rick
Lois Dellar ...
Cocktail Waitress
Edit

Storyline

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes involved romantically with the army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Three buddies in Vietnam. Two survived. Only one is really alive.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bicska  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$2,049,769 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(in selected theatres)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally set to be a star vehicle for Jeff Bridges. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey: Rise and shine cause it is time!
See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Harsh Realities for Soldiers Coming Home
6 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

JACKNIFE is a fine adaptation of Stephen Metcalfe's play 'Strange Snow' (the screenplay was also written by Metcalfe), sensitively directed by David Hugh Jones, that explores the too frequently forgotten effect of battle on veterans damaged permanently by the heinous cruelties of war. It is especially poignant to return to this 1989 film now as we watch the soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and the raw treatment they are receiving in our Veterans' Hospitals.

Three friends went off to the Vietnam War together and only two returned alive: the problem is that while both men suffered in battle the one David 'Highschool' Flannigan (Ed Harris) is so severely damaged by posttraumatic stress syndrome that he 'exists' in a drunken vacuum with his very plain schoolteacher sister Martha (Kathy Baker). As David deteriorates his buddy Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey (Robert De Niro) returns to the town in an attempt to help his friend. In the course of events Jacknife at first offers succor to Martha and eventually the two date - at a Prom Martha must attend - and at that prom drunken David completely falls apart, destroying relics in the school and terrifying the townspeople and students. Jacknife makes Dave relive the moment in Vietnam when they lost their buddy and in doing so brings David to the point where he can begin his climb toward recovery. And the long-suffering Martha finds her needs tended by Jacknife, too.

All three actors give astonishingly fine performances: Ed Harris offers one of his most fully realized roles while De Niro and Baker maintain the high standards set by their careers. More people should help resurrect this all but forgotten film as it is a brittle reminder of the damages our wars bring to the men who fight them and to the families who receive them after battle's end. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD Release alex-khk
great flick ReggieDunlop7
Ed Harris. Lead or Supporting? Phisk
where is this movie from? sabalon1
'nam 'ambient' sounds psyclone72
Blu ray giant-11
Discuss Jacknife (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?