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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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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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According to director John Maybury, the love scene between Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley was longer, but was cut because American test audiences did not like the scene, which included nudity. See more »


Bethan Mowat, the Canadian second assistant director's name is misspelled in the movie credits as Maowat. See more »


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User Reviews

Based on a Jack London Book, The Star Rover
3 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this at an advance screening. I liked it. Adrien Brody and Keira Knightley carry this film well. Although I have to admit that i was in the front row and watching a cinemascope film like that has one turning their head from left to right a lot. I recommend the star rover novel to read to anyone who likes this film. It was published in 1913, one of londons last books. it dealt with how the prison system at the time would strap people in straitjackets so tight that it would cause damage. The hero of the book comes to desire the tightening of the straps to the point where the guards have not seen, in order for him to more spiritually transcend his mind and soul into another life. He jaunts into other existences, all past, ie napoleon battle, viking conquest, to free his mind from the pain. The Jacket takes this idea in a way where the hero goes to a place that is involved in the plot running in the present.

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