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Jacknife (1989)

 -  Drama  -  10 March 1989 (USA)
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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 »

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

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

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Bicska  »

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$2,049,769 (USA)
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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!
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References Song of the South (1946) See more »

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Damn, this looks familiar....
8 October 2004 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I stumbled on Jacknife playing on Bravo... I didn't know the title, but Robert DeNero is a damn good actor, so I started watching. And I started feeling like it was de javu, all over again... I knew the story. Then I realized why I knew it. It was originally a play called Strange Snow, and I did a production of it in collage. Play to screen allows for far more intricacies in story lines, but it is the same -- two survivors of Vietnam both reacting to the real world in different manners. The first thing I thought when I read the play after I was casted was this story is an interesting mixture of a discussion of PTSD and an parable of the Christ crucification ("Bobby"'s sacrifice of his own life in Nam being his... crucification). This movie is very much worth the time. An excellent collection of actors... the script equally effective. If you are looking for a techno-stunt movie, this is not it... it is not a deep plot movie... it is a slice of life. An excellent slice.


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