Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.
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
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Ving Rhames also starred in another Vietnam war movie, Casualties of War (1989) released the year before Jacob's Ladder (1990). Incidentally director Adrian Lyne chose to direct Jacob's Ladder instead of the same year's The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), which Brian De Palma directed, as well as Casualties of War. Additionally De Palma was slated to direct the Lyne-directed Fatal Attraction (1987), but he backed out because he feared that the story was too similar to Play Misty for Me (1971). De Palma also felt that Michael Douglas wasn't a good leading man. De Palma has since admitted he was wrong about Douglas. See more »
A support wire is clearly visible on one of the demon's wings during the party scene. See more »
I've always felt that this film has never gotten the credit or attention it deserves. Along with the similary underappreciated Angel Heart, this film creates a sense of dread and foreboding atmosphere that never lets up and comes close to overwhelming the viewer at times.
Tim Robbins deliver possibly one of the best performances of his career and all of the other cast is fantastic as well. The editing and especially the cinematography are top notch and contribute greatly to the overall feel of the film.
i won't go into any plot details since any revelations could ruin the film for someone who hasn't seen it. but if you want to see a movie that will genuinely freak you out and have you sleeping with the lights on, you can't go wrong with this great film.
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