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Jacob's Ladder -- Director Adrian Lyne (FATAL ATTRACTION) takes you on an intense, horrifying journey with a shocking ending that will haunt you forever. Tim Robbins is Jacob Singer, a man who lives in a nightmare.
Jacob's Ladder -- A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him.

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Writer (WGA):
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)
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Release Date:
2 November 1990 (USA) See more »
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The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tim Robbins ... Jacob

Elizabeth Peña ... Jezzie

Danny Aiello ... Louis

Matt Craven ... Michael

Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Paul

Jason Alexander ... Geary

Patricia Kalember ... Sarah

Eriq La Salle ... Frank

Ving Rhames ... George

Brian Tarantina ... Doug
Anthony Alessandro ... Rod
Brent Hinkley ... Jerry

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Elsa

Suzanne Shepherd ... Hospital Receptionist
Doug Barron ... Group Leader
Jan Saint ... Santa
Kisha Skinner ... Street Singer
Dion Simmons ... Street Singer

Sam Coppola ... Taxi Driver
Patty Rosborough ... Drunk
Evan O'Meara ... Sam

Kyle Gass ... Tony

Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Carmichael

Lewis Black ... Jacob's Doctor

Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Policeman

Christopher John Fields ... Field Medic (as Christopher Fields)
Jaime Perry ... Field Medic

Michael Tomlinson ... Field Doctor
A.M. Marxuach ... Field Doctor
Antonia Rey ... Woman on Subway
John Capodice ... Army Officer

John Patrick McLaughlin ... Army Officer

Bellina Logan ... Emergency Ward Nurse

Scott Cohen ... Resident Doctor
Davidson Thomson ... Evil Doctor
Bryan Larkin ... Jed
B.J. Donaldson ... Eli
Thomas A. Carlin ... Doorman

Carol Schneider ... Nurse

Becky Ann Baker ... Nurse
Diane Kagan ... Nurse
Billie Neal ... Della
Mike Stokie ... Field Sergeant
James Ellis Reynolds ... EMT Bearer

Dennis Rubin Green ... Attendant (as Dennis Green)
Brad Hamler ... Orderly

Byron Minns ... Orderly (as Byron Keith Minns)
Reggie McFadden ... Partygoer
Stephanie Berry ... Partygoer
Chris Murphy ... Partygoer
John-Martin Green ... Partygoer
Arleigh Richards ... Paul's Wife

Ann Pearl Gary ... Mourner

Barbara Gruen ... Mourner

Joe Quintero ... Street Kid

John Louis Fischer ... Machine Gunner
Alva Williams ... Masked Man
Elizabeth Abassi ... Hospital Patient
Nora Burns ... Hospital Patient
Alison Gordy ... Hospital Patient
Jessica Roberts ... Hospital Patient
Holly Kennedy ... Hospital Patient
Blanche Irwin Stuart ... Hospital Patient

Perry Lang ... Jacob's Assailant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José Alvarez ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Robert Baglia ... Tommy, Patient (uncredited)
John D. Bair ... Commuter (uncredited)
Steve Baker ... Pool Player (uncredited)

Orson Bean ... Himself - Game Show Panelist (archive footage) (uncredited)

Macaulay Culkin ... Gabe (uncredited)

Ray DeFeis ... Straight Jacket Patient (uncredited)
Ed Jupp Jr. ... Eyeless Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Lyne 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bruce Joel Rubin (written by)

Produced by
Mario Kassar .... executive producer
Alan Marshall .... producer
Bruce Joel Rubin .... associate producer
Andrew G. Vajna .... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
 
Cinematography by
Jeffrey L. Kimball 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Billy Hopkins 
Heidi Levitt 
 
Production Design by
Brian Morris 
 
Art Direction by
Jeremy Conway (principal art director)
W. Steven Graham  (as Wray Steven Graham)
 
Set Decoration by
Kathleen Dolan 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Mirojnick 
 
Makeup Department
Russell Cate .... special makeup effects artist
Tom Czarnopys .... key sculptor
Richard Dean .... makeup artist
Don McLeod .... special makeup
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist
Arline Smith .... special makeup (as Arline)
Gordon J. Smith .... special prosthetic effects designer
Bill Sturgeon .... prosthetics
 
Production Management
Michael R. Sloan .... post-production supervisor
Clayton Townsend .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vebe Borge .... second assistant director
Harvey Epstein .... dga trainee
Deborah Lupard .... second second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... swing gang
Clive Brown .... construction coordinator: Puerto Rico
Diana Davila .... scenic artist: Puerto Rico
Claudette Didul .... art department coordinator
Dominick Direnzi .... scenic artist
Edward Garzero .... stand-by scenic artist
Joseph Garzero .... scenic chargeman
Peter Garzero .... scenic artist
Kevin Golden .... scenic artist
Cathy Ippolito .... scenic artist
Mathew Loeb .... scenic artist
Giovanni Rodriguez .... carpenter
Louis Sanchez .... construction coordinator
Manny Sanchez .... carpenter
Chris Shriver .... assistant art director
Leticia Stella-Serra .... set decorator: Puerto Rico
Paul Tappenden .... scenic artist
Thomas Wright .... property master
Tony Wright .... illustrator
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Lauren Doner .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Hank Mayo .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Melissa Totten .... Production Researcher (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Augsburger .... apprentice sound editor
Scott Boyd .... assistant sound editor
Milton C. Burrow .... supervising sound editor
Neil Burrow .... sound editor
Richard Burrow .... sound editor
Scott Burrow .... sound editor
Gordon Davidson .... sound editor
Steve Dewey .... special sound effects
Mike Getlin .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Gordon .... sound editor
Robert Heffernan .... adr editor
Richard Mader .... sound technician
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound recordist
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
T.J. O'Mara .... boom operator (as Terence J. O'Mara)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer
Anthony Ortiz .... sound assistant: Puerto Rico
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
Gary Shepherd .... sound editor
Chester Slomka .... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Johannes Hammers .... special sound effects assistant (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
William Bishop .... special effects assistant
Connie Brink .... special effects (as Conrad Brink)
Fausto Ferrer Cruz .... special effects assistant: Puerto Rico
James Gawley .... special effects machinist
Mike Maggi .... special effects assistant
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Jay McClennen .... model maker
Brian Ripley .... visual effects production assistant
Paul Swendsen .... pre-production conceptual designer: ILM (uncredited)
Chris F. Woods .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunts
Bill Anagnos .... stunts (as Billy Anagnos)
Peter Bucossi .... stunts
Daniel Dod .... stunts (as Danny Dod)
Andy Duppin .... stunts
Joe Fitos .... stunts
Gene Harrison .... stunts
Peter Hock .... stunts
David S. Lomax .... stunts
Jim Lovelett .... stunts
John Patrick McLaughlin .... stunts
Cynthia Neilson .... stunts
Phil Neilson .... stunt coordinator
Mick O'Rourke .... stunts
Don Picard .... stunts
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Michael Russo .... stunts (as Michael C. Russo)
Manny Siverio .... stunts
Gregg Smrz .... stunts
Gary Tacon .... stunts
Jeff Ward .... stunts
Deborah Watkins .... stunts
Joel David Webster .... stunts
Ron Michaels .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
A. Anthony Cappello .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Christopher Dolan .... electrician
James 'Packy' Dolan .... chief electrician
James P. Dolan .... best boy
Richard Dolan .... electrician
Ronald Dolan .... generator operator
Johnathan Ercole .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James W. Finnerty .... grip
John Finnerty .... rigging electrician (as John 'Spike' Finnerty)
Joseph Finnerty .... grip
Raymond Fortune .... electrician
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Dennis Green .... 24 frame video operator
Richard Guinness Jr. .... dolly grip
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez .... electrician
Larry Houston .... Steadicam assistant: Puerto Rico
Larry Huston .... Steadicam focus puller
Thomas Jirgal .... best boy
Gábor Kövér .... camera operator: "b" camera
Gábor Kövér .... director of photography: second unit
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator: Puerto Rico
Jim Miller .... grip
Mike Miller .... key grip
Angel Pastrana .... electrician
Enrique Puig .... assistant camera: Puerto Rico
Frank Rinato .... camera trainee
Andrew D. Schwartz .... still photographer
Rafael Amaral Sein .... assistant camera: Puerto Rico
 
Casting Department
Riccardo Bertoni .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Suzanne Smith .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Dennison .... costume supervisor
Mary Gierczak .... set costumer
Cynthia L. Hamilton .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Peter Amundson .... additional editor
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Christopher E. Bennett .... assistant film editor
Jennifer Davidoff Cook .... apprentice editor
Noori Dehnahi .... post-production coordinator
Vicki Hiatt .... associate editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
Jimmy Sandoval .... assistant editor
B.J. Sears .... additional editor
Rachel Shaw .... assistant editor
Joe Shugart .... assistant editor
Donna Stern .... assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor
Gloria Cheng .... musician: piano solo
Kitka Eastern European Women's Choir .... choral ensemble
Leslie Morris .... music contractor
Leslie Morris .... music coordinator
Shawn Murphy .... music mixer
Shawn Murphy .... music recordist
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
 
Transportation Department
Miguel Castañeda .... picture car wrangler
Hierson Garcia .... driver
Duamel Gonzalez .... driver
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain
Raúl Rivera .... transportation coordinator: Puerto Rico
 
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... financial services
Michael Barnes .... legal attorney
Adam Brightman .... assistant location manager
Christie Colliopoulos .... production assistant
Kathy Cossu .... medical coordinator
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign
Patricia Anne Doherty .... location manager
Dale Dye .... military consultant (as Capt. Dale Dye)
John Fischer .... production assistant
Jeff Flach .... location manager: Puerto Rico
Jameson Hall .... location assistant
Juan Hernández .... location coordinator: Puerto Rico
Joseph E. Iberti .... location coordinator
Raymond Mackintosh .... special prosthetic effects
Trong Nguyen .... technical advisor: Vietnam
Ben Oliver .... head pilot
Gaspar Ponce .... location assistant
Juan Ros .... set production assistant
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Robert Smith .... head pilot
Mike Stokey .... military advisor
Mike Stokie .... military consultant
Christopher Swartout .... production assistant
Richard Tedesco .... parking wrangler
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Russ Thurman .... military consultant (as Captain Russell Ray Thurman)
Jane Tsighis .... production accountant
Michael Viglietta .... production assistant
Darren Wiseman .... location assistant
Corey B. Yugler .... script supervisor
Justin Cooke .... location assistant (uncredited)
Gustave Doré .... illustrations: Dante's Inferno (uncredited)
David Hummel .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Lanphier Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Lonnie Ramati .... production business & legal affairs (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
113 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Prior to the commencement of filming, former US marine Dale Dye took actors Tim Robbins, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Eriq La Salle, Ving Rhames, Brian Tarantina, Brent Hinkley and Anthony Alessandro to a 5-day military boot camp.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Jacob Singer:They weren't human.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
PLEASE MR. POSTMANSee more »

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162 out of 197 people found the following review useful.
A film that sports technicality, a fresh plot, incredible editing and immersive characters, 3 November 2004
Author: Cubert_99 from United Kingdom

Jacobs Ladder is one of those rare films that throws you and your mind about like a ragdoll before giving you a bitter conclusion that turns everything upside down again. Forget Donnie Darko, that was mere childs play, this film is something else. Jacobs Ladder provides an experience so intimidating, brutal, wonderful and beautiful unparalleled to this day. This is something you have never seen or experienced before in film, and will probably never experience again.

Jacob Singer is a postal worker, who, through the brutal effects of Vietnam, mentally breaks down, and starts seeing demons following him, killing his friends, raping his wife...... Make no mistake, Jacobs Ladder is a grim film but behind its dark mask lies an uplifting message of hope, freedom and mental release. I wont say anymore, because spoiling the plot for you would be extremely horrible of me, who am i to take away the magic of seeing the film from you.

I'm not going to say that this is accessible to everyone, its not in the least. If your favourite film is American Pie than turn away, this is REAL film making. A lot of people will not like this, because they will expect, like with most films, to have all the answers served to them on a plate. Jacobs Ladder requires the viewer to do the thinking, letting them have their own perceptions of the film rather then being fed that of the directors. If you do choose to go on Jacobs journey with him be warned, it wont always be pretty, but you will come out of it gratified that for once in film you have the freedom to think for yourself.

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