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Jacknife (1989)

R | | Drama | 10 March 1989 (USA)
A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)

Writers:

Stephen Metcalfe (play), Stephen Metcalfe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Megs (as Robert DeNiro)
Kathy Baker ... Martha
Ed Harris ... Dave
Sloane Shelton Sloane Shelton ... Shirley
Ivar Brogger ... Depot Mechanic
Michael Arkin Michael Arkin ... Dispatcher
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Bobby Buckman
Kirk Taylor ... Helicopter Gunner
Jordan Lund ... Tiny
Charles S. Dutton ... Jake (as Charles Dutton)
Bruce Ramsay ... Corridor Student (as Bruce Ramsey)
Jessalyn Gilsig ... His Girlfriend
George Gerdes ... Tony
Josh Pais ... Rick
Lois Dellar Lois Dellar ... Cocktail Waitress
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Storyline

A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle they both survived. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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No matter how hard you try...he will always be the best friend you ever had. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bicska See more »

Filming Locations:

Connecticut, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,049,769
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally set to be a starring vehicle for Jeff Bridges. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey: Rise and shine cause it is time!
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Beat Me Up
Written by Dyna Brein
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Peerless acting from peerless actors.
11 July 2006 | by martincooper446See all my reviews

Who votes in these ratings? "Jacknife" is a beautifully acted, brilliantly observed piece of work, with actors on top of their game, especially Ed Harris and the peerless Robert DeNiro(please don't mention Marlon Brando in the same breath of this man-see "Taxi Driver" for confirmation of this point). Is it a 'mundane' movie because it doesn't have sex/meaningless action/nudity in it. This movie is about the complexities of the characters involved. Ed Harris makes you feel every moment with him and his emotional outburst towards the end is heartbreaking. The part where he orders a young man in a bar to take off his army clothes is a wonderful observation of how fashion and the movies exploit tragic situations and how frustrated real men must feel to see a young upstart sporting military attire. While we are on this subject, "Casino" 7.8 out of 10? One of the greatest films of all time, from one of the greatest directors, starring THE greatest movie actor of all time, with the scariest film psychotic gangster ever, only warrants just above average? COME ON!!!!!


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