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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.

Director:

John Maybury

Writers:

Tom Bleecker (story), Marc Rocco (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Jack Starks
Keira Knightley ... Jackie Price
Kris Kristofferson ... Dr. Thomas Becker
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Dr. Beth Lorenson
Kelly Lynch ... Jean Price
Brad Renfro ... The Stranger
Daniel Craig ... Rudy Mackenzie
Steven Mackintosh ... Dr. Hopkins
Brendan Coyle ... Damon
Mackenzie Phillips ... Nurse Harding
Laura Marano ... Young Jackie
Jason Lewis ... Officer Harrison
Richard Dillane ... Captain Medley
Jonah Lotan ... Intern #1
Angel Coulby ... Intern #2
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Storyline

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 wrong when a cop pulls them over and is murdered by a stranger. The vet is wrongly accused of the killing and lands in an asylum. A disreputable doctor prescribes a course of experimental therapy, restraining him in a modified strength straight jacket-like device, and locks him away in a cadaver drawer in the basement morgue. During the course of his treatment, he gets flashbacks and visions of his future where he can foresee that he is to die in four days time; He just doesn't know how. And thus commences the classic race against time for this tortured veteran with an expiration date. Written by Austin4577@aol.com

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Terror has a new name. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Regresiones de un hombre muerto See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$29,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,723,682, 6 March 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,303,762, 18 December 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,046,858, 18 June 2006
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Lady Anne Lambton was originally cast as Nurse Harding. During principal photography, she fell ill with pancreatitis and was unable to continue filming. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie the female Corpsman/Medic says, referring to Jack, "This Soldier is alive." In modern US military language, a "Soldier" is a member of the US Army (just as a "Sailor" would be in the Navy, an "Airman" in the Air Force, or a "Marine" in the Marine Corps). Yet Jack Stark is clearly a Marine, as his dog tags show, reading "USMC" for US Marine Corps. US Marines are never called "Soldiers." Also, the other Corpsman mentions that Jack's fuller biographical details will be sorted out later at the "Naval Hospital," the place well out of the combat zone where wounded or dead Marines and Sailors would be sent but not Soldiers or Airmen. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

There are 2 continuations to the last scene where Jackie gives Jack a ride and the sun shines behind them. In one version, we hear Jack screaming as Dr. Becker gets him out of the drawer. In the second Version, we see Jack has really died in Iraq. See more »

Connections

Features Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Best movie I have seen in a long time
24 July 2005 | by rejectswithdefectsSee all my reviews

Rented this movie, and I have to say, its one of the best films I have seen in along time. It's a complex story line, where paying attention is key, probably makes even more sense the second time around. I almost teared up at the end, not 'cause it was sad, but because it was beautiful, and compelling, a must see movie. You may think this movie won't be good, but don't brush it off, 'cause it's officially on my top 5 favorite movies list.

Adrien Brody delivers a awesome performance worthy of an Emmy. If there is one movie you should rent this year, it's The Jacket.

Great movie!


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