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Jacknife (1989)

R | | Drama | 10 March 1989 (USA)
A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle ... See full summary »

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(as David Jones)

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(play), (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Megs (as Robert DeNiro)
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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, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved 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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No matter how hard you try...he will always be the best friend you ever had. See more »

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10 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Bicska  »

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$2,049,769
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two theatrical feature films starring actor Robert De Niro first released in 1989 with the other being We're No Angels (1989). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey: Rise and shine cause it is time!
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Very Underrated film.
20 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Saw this on cable back in the early 90's and loved it. Never saw it again until it showed up on cable again recently. Still find it a great Vietnam movie. Not sure why its not higher rated. I found everything about this film compelling. As a vet (not from Vietnam) I can relate to the situations brought by both Harris and De Niro. I can only imagine this film being more poignant now with our situation in Iraq. I wish this would be offered on cable more often for people to see. The human toll on our soldiers isn't left on the battlefield. Its brought home for the rest of there lives. And this film is one of many that brings that home in a very hard way. Excellent film.


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