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Jacknife (1989)




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Post-traumatic stress syndrome provides the basis of this drama that centers on a young woman and her afflicted brother, a Vietnam veteran. The trouble begins when another veteran comes to call. Soon he causes her heretofore normal brother to change in bizarre ways. Violence ensues.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: Stephen Metcalfe, Stephen Metcalfe
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On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
HBO Video


Robert De Niro
as Joseph 'Jacknife' Me...
Ed Harris
as David 'High School' ...
Kathy Baker
as Martha Flannigan
Tom Isbell
as Bobby Buckman
Walter Massey
as Ed Buckman
Elizabeth Franz
as Pru Buckman
Ivar Brogger
as Depot Mechanic
Michael Arkin
as Dispatcher
Kirk Taylor
as Helicopter Gunner
Bruce Ramsey
as Corridor Student
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Corridor Student's G...
Lois Dellar
as Cocktail Waitress
Sal Dominello
as Tuxedo Tailor
Bruce Ramsay
as Corridor Student
Tim Conover
as `Joe College'
Gabrielle Carteris
as College Girl in Bar
Tom Rack
as William Green
Tanya Tree
as Frank's Wife
Keith Glover
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Jacknife

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Jacknife


The internal struggle of dealing with past experiences and overcoming trauma makes this movie very compelling.


A tense, brooding picture with three terrific actors giving entirely credible performances. Harris is especially dynamic as a man paralyzed by his past.


A very superb film about a Vietnam vet that comes into the life of his friend who is going through the effects of the Vietnam War and forms a relationship with his sister. Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker make up this great cast. "Jacknife" really made me see life in a bigger light, a film for everyone to see.

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