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The Jacket (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  4 March 2005 (USA)
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A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a Doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.



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The film centers on a wounded Gulf war veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. He is hitching and gets picked up by a stranger, things go pear shaped when a cop pulls them over and is murdered by the stranger. The vet. is wrongly accused of killing the cop and lands up in an asylum. A quack doctor prescribes a course of experimental therapy, restraining him in a heavy duty straight jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. During course of his treatment he gets flashbacks and visions of his future , where he can foresee he is to die in four days time. The catch is he doesn't know how. Thus commences the classic race against time. Written by Austin4577@aol.com

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I was 27 years old the first time I died. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Regresiones de un hombre muerto  »

Box Office


$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,723,682 (USA) (4 March 2005)


$25,207 (Chile) (29 September 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Adrien Brody did sessions in an isolation tank, performed prison exercises, and went on a protein diet for his role as war vet Jack Starks. See more »


In one scene when Jack is being put into the drawer, the shot shows him being put in head first. The next shot of him inside the drawer, he is in feet first. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Starks: [Walking over to Iraqi child who's breathing hard] How's it going little man? You all right?
[Babak pulls out gun. Jack puts his hand up in a stop gesture but Babak shoots Jack in the head. Jack falls to the ground]
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Referenced in Alone in Time Part 5: Got You (2007) See more »


Written by Luke Howard
Performed by The Most
Produced by Luke Howard & Princess Julia
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User Reviews

25 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see this at Sundance on opening night and I thought it was absolutely BRILLIANT. Adrian Brody was incredible and I thought it was directed almost flawlessly. I highly recommend it.

The film really makes you think and I was disappointed not to be able to ask questions I had during the Q&A which followed the premiere. I think there are loads of things hidden in this film which you would have to see several times to catch. That is my idea of outstanding film making.

I could have done without the nudity which I saw no reason for. I think a love scene is much more erotic when you don't see anything. Body parts don't need to be shown. Most of us have decent imaginations. :-)


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