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Jacknife (1989)

R | | Drama | 10 March 1989 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Megs (as Robert DeNiro)
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Martha
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Dave
Sloane Shelton ...
Shirley
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Depot Mechanic
Michael Arkin ...
Dispatcher
Tom Isbell ...
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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$2,049,769 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was part of cycle of films released in 1989, revolving around Vietnam War veterans trying to adjust their lives back at home. The other films were In Country (1989) and Welcome Home (1989). 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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excellent drama dealing with the traumatic after effects of the Vietnam War
1 April 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

after just having watched The Deer Hunter,which is a masterpiece,the movie Jacknife had big shoes to fill.it has same themes as The Deer Hunter,the devastating effects on a person after the Vietnam War.Robert De Niro is in this film,as in The Deer Hunter and is very good here,as is Kathy Baker.but this movie belongs to Ed Harris,who gives a powerful,emotional and impactful performance.the movie is based on a stage play,and there are one or two scenes where that felt obvious to me.by that i just mean that for those one or two scenes it felt like i was watching a stage play.that was not that big a deal,and doesn't really diminish the film.i actually really liked this movie.it's not an epic like The Deer Hunter.they are about similar era and have similar themes,but they are two very different films.i thought The Deer Hunter was great,and i also think this movie was great.it's the acting in this one that makes it so great.for me,Jacknife is a 10/10


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