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The Jacket (2005)

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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

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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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Did You Know?


Keira Knightley credits the food poisoning she had during her audition for landing her the part of a sickly alcoholic. See more »


Footage and audio in the title sequence is taken from Apache gunship footage from the Iraq War, not Gulf I. 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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Featured in The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes (2005) See more »


Quiet Inside
Written by Keith Gattis / Andy Tubman
Performed by Andy Tubman of The Jane Doe's
Under license from Gattis Music, Pukeyho Publishing admin. by South Hudson Music (BMI)
Produced by Keith Gattis
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23 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Literlly a TEN! 2 thumbs WAY up! This was an uplifting, thoughtful, mind thriller! It makes you really think. This is not scary though. The romance and chemistry between "Jack Starks"(Adrien Brody) and "Jackie Price" (Kiera Knightly) was perfectly amazing! Adrian Brody has a way of drawing you in through his eyes and actions in all his films. I nearly cried at the end (Not saying if it's happy or sad) and I was just amazed at how it basically showed that life has meaning, and second chances ARE possible. Like he says in the movie: "I think we live through certain things, just to say that we actually did live through them. Not anyone else, but you." Amazing and lovely! I URGE you to see it and I was angry that it wasn't int heaters for long. By the way, I'm gonna marry that man! Hehe. --Natalie R.L.

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