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Jacob's Ladder ()


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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his... See more »

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Jacob
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Jezzie
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Louis
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Michael
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Paul
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Geary
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Sarah
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Frank
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George
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Doug
Anthony Alessandro ...
Rod
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Jerry
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Elsa
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Hospital Receptionist
Doug Barron ...
Group Leader
Jan Saint ...
Santa
Kisha Skinner ...
Street Singer
Dion Simmons ...
Street Singer
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Taxi Driver
Patty Rosborough ...
Drunk
Evan O'Meara ...
Sam
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Tony
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Mrs. Carmichael
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Jacob's Doctor
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Policeman
Christopher John Fields ...
Field Medic (as Christopher Fields)
Jaime Perry ...
Field Medic
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Field Doctor
A.M. Marxuach ...
Field Doctor
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Woman on Subway
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Army Officer
John Patrick McLaughlin ...
Army Officer
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Emergency Ward Nurse
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Resident Doctor
Davidson Thomson ...
Evil Doctor
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Jed
B.J. Donaldson ...
Eli
Thomas A. Carlin ...
Doorman
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Nurse
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Nurse
Diane Kagan ...
Nurse
Billie Neal ...
Della
Mike Stokie ...
Field Sergeant
James Ellis Reynolds ...
EMT Bearer
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Attendant (as Dennis Green)
Brad Hamler ...
Orderly
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Orderly (as Byron Keith Minns)
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Partygoer
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Partygoer
Chris Murphy ...
Partygoer
John-Martin Green ...
Partygoer
Arleigh Richards ...
Paul's Wife
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Mourner
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Mourner
Joe Quintero ...
Street Kid
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Machine Gunner
Alva Williams ...
Masked Man
Elizabeth Abassi ...
Hospital Patient
Nora Burns ...
Hospital Patient
Alison Gordy ...
Hospital Patient
Jessica Roberts ...
Hospital Patient
Holly Kennedy ...
Hospital Patient
Blanche Irwin Stuart ...
Hospital Patient
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Jacob's Assailant
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Factory Worker (uncredited)
Robert Baglia ...
Tommy, Patient (uncredited)
John D. Bair ...
Commuter (uncredited)
Steve Baker ...
Pool Player (uncredited)
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Himself - Game Show Panelist (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Gabe (uncredited)
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Straight Jacket Patient (uncredited)
Ed Jupp Jr. ...
Eyeless Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Adrian Lyne

Written by

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Bruce Joel Rubin ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mario Kassar ... executive producer
Alan Marshall ... producer
Bruce Joel Rubin ... associate producer
Andrew G. Vajna ... executive producer (as Andrew Vajna)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre

Cinematography by

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Jeffrey L. Kimball

Film Editing by

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Tom Rolf

Editorial Department

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Peter Amundson ... additional editor
Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Christopher E. Bennett ... assistant film editor
Jennifer Davidoff Cook ... apprentice editor
Noori Dehnahi ... post-production coordinator
Vicki Hiatt ... associate editor
Robert Raring ... color timer
Jimmy Sandoval ... assistant editor
B.J. Sears ... additional editor
Rachel Shaw ... assistant editor
Joe Shugart ... assistant editor
Donna Stern ... assistant editor
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor

Casting By

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Risa Bramon Garcia
Billy Hopkins
Heidi Levitt

Production Design by

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Brian Morris

Art Direction by

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Jeremy Conway ... principal art director
W. Steven Graham ... (as Wray Steven Graham)

Set Decoration by

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Kathleen Dolan

Costume Design by

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Ellen Mirojnick

Makeup Department

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Russell Cate ... special makeup effects artist
Tom Czarnopys ... key sculptor
Richard Dean ... makeup artist
Don McLeod ... special makeup
Lyndell Quiyou ... hair stylist
Arline Smith ... special makeup (as Arline)
Gordon J. Smith ... special prosthetic effects designer
Bill Sturgeon ... prosthetics

Production Management

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Michael R. Sloan ... post-production supervisor
Clayton Townsend ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Vebe Borge ... second assistant director
Harvey Epstein ... dga trainee
Deborah Lupard ... second second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Conrad V. Brink Jr. ... swing gang
Clive Brown ... construction coordinator: Puerto Rico
Diana Davila ... scenic artist: Puerto Rico
Claudette Didul ... art department coordinator
Dominick Direnzi ... scenic artist
Edward Garzero ... stand-by scenic artist
Joseph Garzero ... scenic chargeman
Peter Garzero ... scenic artist
Kevin Golden ... scenic artist
Cathy Ippolito ... scenic artist
Matthew D. Loeb ... scenic artist (as Mathew Loeb)
Giovanni Rodriguez ... carpenter
Louis Sanchez ... construction coordinator
Manny Sanchez ... carpenter
Chris Shriver ... assistant art director
Leticia Stella-Serra ... set decorator: Puerto Rico
Paul Tappenden ... scenic artist
Thomas Wright ... property master
Tony Wright ... illustrator
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Lauren Doner ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Hank Mayo ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Melissa Totten ... Production Researcher (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Augsburger ... apprentice sound editor
Scott Boyd ... assistant sound editor
Milton C. Burrow ... supervising sound editor
Neil Burrow ... sound editor
Richard Burrow ... sound editor
Scott Burrow ... sound editor
Gordon Davidson ... sound editor
Steve Dewey ... special sound effects
Mike Getlin ... re-recording mixer
Mark Gordon ... sound editor
Robert Heffernan ... adr editor
Richard Mader ... sound technician
Tod A. Maitland ... production sound recordist
Andy Nelson ... re-recording mixer
T.J. O'Mara ... boom operator (as Terence J. O'Mara)
Greg Orloff ... foley mixer
Anthony Ortiz ... sound assistant: Puerto Rico
Steve Pederson ... re-recording mixer
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound editor
Solange S. Schwalbe ... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe Boisseau)
Gary Shepherd ... sound editor
Chester Slomka ... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jerry Trent ... foley artist
Johannes Hammers ... special sound effects assistant (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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William Bishop ... special effects assistant
Connie Brink ... special effects (as Conrad Brink)
Fausto Ferrer Cruz ... special effects assistant: Puerto Rico
James Gawley ... special effects machinist
Mike Maggi ... special effects assistant
Harold McConnell Jr. ... special effects
Noella Nesdoly ... special fx manager

Visual Effects by

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Jay McClennen ... model maker
Brian Ripley ... visual effects production assistant
Paul Swendsen ... pre-production conceptual designer: ILM (uncredited)
Chris F. Woods ... visual effects producer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Danny Aiello III ... stunts
Bill Anagnos ... stunts (as Billy Anagnos)
Peter Bucossi ... stunts
Daniel Dod ... stunts (as Danny Dod)
Andy Duppin ... stunts
Joe Fitos ... stunts
Gene Harrison ... stunts
Peter Hock ... stunts
David S. Lomax ... stunts
Jim Lovelett ... stunts
John Patrick McLaughlin ... stunts
Cynthia Neilson ... stunts
Phil Neilson ... stunt coordinator
Mick O'Rourke ... stunts
Don Picard ... stunts
Peewee Piemonte ... stunts
Michael Russo ... stunts (as Michael C. Russo)
Manny Siverio ... stunts
Gregg Smrz ... stunts
Gary Tacon ... stunts
Jeff Ward ... stunts
Deborah Watkins ... stunts
Joel David Webster ... stunts
Ron Michaels ... utility stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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A. Anthony Cappello ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Christopher Dolan ... electrician
James 'Packy' Dolan ... chief electrician
James P. Dolan ... best boy
Richard Dolan ... electrician
Ronald Dolan ... generator operator
Johnathan Ercole ... first assistant camera: "b" camera
James W. Finnerty ... grip
John Finnerty ... rigging electrician (as John 'Spike' Finnerty)
Joseph Finnerty ... grip
Raymond Fortune ... electrician
Bill Gerardo ... second assistant camera
Vinnie Gerardo ... assistant camera
Dennis Green ... 24 frame video operator
Richard Guinness Jr. ... dolly grip
Craig Haagensen ... camera operator
Jose 'Flecha' Hernandez ... electrician
Larry Houston ... Steadicam assistant: Puerto Rico
Larry Huston ... Steadicam focus puller
Thomas Jirgal ... best boy
Gábor Kövér ... camera operator: "b" camera / director of photography: second unit
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator: Puerto Rico
Jim Miller ... grip
Mike Miller ... key grip
Angel Pastrana ... electrician
Enrique Puig ... assistant camera: Puerto Rico
Frank Rinato ... camera trainee
Andrew D. Schwartz ... still photographer
Rafael Amaral Sein ... assistant camera: Puerto Rico

Casting Department

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Riccardo Bertoni ... extras casting
Barbara Harris ... voice casting
Suzanne Smith ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Michael Dennison ... costume supervisor
Mary Gierczak ... set costumer
Cynthia L. Hamilton ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Adam Brightman ... assistant location manager
Jeff Flach ... location manager: Puerto Rico
Jameson Hall ... location assistant
Patricia Hess ... location manager (as Patricia Anne Doherty)
Joseph E. Iberti ... location coordinator
Gaspar Ponce ... location assistant
Darren Wiseman ... location assistant
Justin Cooke ... location assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Dan Carlin Sr. ... music editor
Gloria Cheng ... musician: piano solo
Kitka Eastern European Women's Choir ... choral ensemble
Leslie Morris ... music contractor / music coordinator
Shawn Murphy ... music mixer / music recordist
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
James Thatcher ... musician: french horn

Transportation Department

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Miguel Castañeda ... picture car wrangler
Hierson Garcia ... driver
Duamel Gonzalez ... driver
Edward O'Donnell ... transportation captain
Raúl Rivera ... transportation coordinator: Puerto Rico

Other crew

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Frans J. Afman ... financial services
Abdiel Angleró ... production assistant
Michael Barnes ... legal attorney
Christie Colliopoulos ... production assistant
Kathy Cossu ... medical coordinator
Dennis Davidson ... publicity campaign
Dale Dye ... military consultant (as Capt. Dale Dye)
John Fischer ... production assistant
Raymond Mackintosh ... special prosthetic effects
Trong Nguyen ... technical advisor: Vietnam
Ben Oliver ... head pilot
Juan Ros ... set production assistant
Reid Rosefelt ... unit publicist
Robert Smith ... head pilot
Mike Stokey ... military advisor
Mike Stokie ... military consultant
Christopher Swartout ... production assistant
Richard Tedesco ... parking wrangler
Neal Thompson ... title designer
Russ Thurman ... military consultant (as Captain Russell Ray Thurman)
Jane Tsighis ... production accountant
Michael Viglietta ... production assistant
Corey B. Yugler ... script supervisor
Gustave Doré ... illustrations: Dante's Inferno (uncredited)
David Hummel ... production assistant (uncredited)
David Lanphier Jr. ... production assistant (uncredited)
Lonnie Ramati ... production business & legal affairs (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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  • FXSmith (special prosthetics effects)

Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Jacob Singer is trying to make sense of his fractured life and memories. Plagued by hallucinations, flashbacks, and conspiracies, he struggles down a path to enlightenment from these manic strains. With nothing but support from friends and loved ones will he be able to push through the haze of his PTSD.

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Taglines The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'échelle de Jacob (France)
  • Jacob's Ladder - In der Gewalt des Jenseits (Germany)
  • La escalera de Jacob (Spain)
  • Džeikobo kopečios (Lithuania)
  • Alucinações do Passado (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Budget $25,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $7,500,760, 04 Nov 1990

Did You Know?

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Trivia All SFX were filmed live, with no post-production. For example, to achieve the famous 'shaking head' effect, director Adrian Lyne simply filmed the actor waving his head around (and keeping his shoulders and the rest of his body completely still) at 4fps, resulting in an incredibly fast and deeply disturbing motion when played back at the normal frame-rate of 24fps. See more »
Goofs Louis shouts out for "Jacob Stinger" at one point when he is demanding Jacob's release from hospital. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Hollywood Burn (2006). See more »
Soundtracks LADY MARMALADE See more »
Crazy Credits The credits roll over a grainy black and white photo of Gabe and Jacob crossing the street together. See more »
Quotes Louis: Eckhart saw Hell too. He said: The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So the way he sees it, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth. It's just a matter of how you look at it, that's all. So don't worry, okay? Okay?
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