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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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(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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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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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>

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

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Drama

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Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bicska  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$2,049,769 (USA)
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(in selected theatres)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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He's not my friend, he's just someone I know
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I cherish each and every frame of this beautiful movie. It is about regular people, people we all know, who suffer a little in their life and have some baggage to carry around. Just like all of us. Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker breathe life into their portrayals and are all excellent, but Harris is especially heartbreaking and therefore very real. You would swear he really is a trucker who drinks so he won't have to feel anything. Baker as his put-upon sister also has some delicate moments - when DeNiro gives her flowers in one scene, it seems like she was never given flowers before and probably wasn't. Very worthwhile.


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