Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.
New York postal worker Jacob Singer is trying to keep his frayed life from unraveling. His days are increasingly being invaded by flashbacks to his first marriage, his now-dead son, and his tour of duty in Vietnam. Although his new wife tries to help Jacob keep his grip on sanity, the line between reality and delusion is steadily growing more and more uncertain. Written by
Jean-Marc Rocher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
According to director Adrian Lyne, most of the dialogue in the opening scene between the soldiers was improvised on set by the actors themselves, especially the conversation between George (Ving Rhames) and Jacob (Tim Robbins) about masturbation. See more »
To match the direction of movement, a shot of the Ford LTD racing around a corner has been flopped, but the license plate, which is now in reverse, is visible. See more »
You know you look like an angel, Louie? Like an overgrown cherub. Anyone ever tell you that?
Yeah, you. Every time you see me.
You're a lifesaver, Louie.
Yeah, I know.
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The credits roll over a grainy black and white photo of Gabe and Jacob crossing the street together. See more »
It has a highly intelligent plot though not difficult or artsy and is void
of cliches. It therefore confuses and aggravates many viewers and
professional reviewers always wanting a standard has-it-all Hollywood
It is so few films that leaves room for independent thoughts. Jacob's Ladder
tumbles your mind the same way a dream of your own does. I have never felt
this effect in a film so strong before. The images comes pouring in and your
brain tries to make sense of it. Whenever you think you have a grasp it
slides away again.
The brilliance of the progression of the story, twists and turns, and the
final explanation, so obvious but elusive as real dreams are, makes it on
par with the best of Kubrick.
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