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Jacknife (1989)

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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Three buddies in Vietnam. Two survived. Only one is really alive. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (in selected theatres)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of two theatrical feature films starring actor Robert De Niro first released in 1989 with the other being We're No Angels (1989). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey: Rise and shine cause it is time!
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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He's not my friend, he's just someone I know
10 July 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

I cherish each and every frame of this beautiful movie. It is about regular people, people we all know, who suffer a little in their life and have some baggage to carry around. Just like all of us. Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker breathe life into their portrayals and are all excellent, but Harris is especially heartbreaking and therefore very real. You would swear he really is a trucker who drinks so he won't have to feel anything. Baker as his put-upon sister also has some delicate moments - when DeNiro gives her flowers in one scene, it seems like she was never given flowers before and probably wasn't. Very worthwhile.


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