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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.

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Cast

Robert De Niro
as Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey
Ed Harris
as David 'High School' Flannigan
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 Girlfriend
Lois Dellar
as Cocktail Waitress
Sal Dominello
as Tuxedo Tailor
Tim Conover
as `Joe College'
Bruce Ramsay
as Corridor Student
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 (14) | Top Critics (1)

Jacknife works best when illustrating a quiet grace.

February 27, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
DVDTalk.com

This Vietnam vet melodrama is extremely well acted by De Niro, Ed Harris, and Kathy Baker.

June 30, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
EmanuelLevy.Com

Gritty De Niro in hard core yarn

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
Kansas City Kansan

Reveals the difficulties many Vietnam veterans have in readjusting to life at home.

August 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

Great actors... dissapointing movie

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 4/5
Hot Button

"Jacknife" is not a bad film -- it simply fails to say anything new about the post-Vietnam experience.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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