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Jacob's Ladder

A movie directed by Adrian Lyne

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Real Terror the first time you see this film

  • Jul 6, 2009
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Personally, I love a movie or book that keeps me wondering "what the hell is going on?"  The first time you see this movie, it does that.  There are monsters, creatures, strange happenings and oddities all over the place.   Is all of this a flashback from Jacob Singer's time in Nam?  I spent just over a year in Nam and to be honest, I still have nightmares once in a while, so that is a possibility.  Are the critters real or only in Jacob's mind?  Well.......I will not spoil it for you if you haven't seen it.  Suffice it to say that Tim Robbins is BRILLIANT in this role.  He is a very believable Jacob Singer.  Elizabeth Pena is also great as Jezebel, a very sexy lady.  It's Danny Aiello, though, that makes this film.  He may be a chiropractor, but he's the smartest and best informed chiropractor about obscure philosophy that I've ever seen.  (See my review of Meister Eckhart).  I want to go on and on but if I do, I'll give it away.  This is a MUST SEE at least once, and perhaps even twice, although you will know it all if you see it once.  An absolutely wonderful horror film.

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July 16, 2009
I've seen enough of this movie to know how it ends, but I wasn't really watching it closely enough to be able to enjoy it. I think I need to rewatch it along with DARK CITY, another film I just watched out of the corner of my eye while doing something else.
July 16, 2009
You need to pay attention with JACOB'S LADDER. When you see it again, you will see all the clues you missed the first time around. DARK CITY was actually a very good film.
July 16, 2009
Its not so much the clues that I missed as it was everything else.
July 16, 2009
Ah. Actually, if you don't know what is coming, this is a really terrifying film. It leads you in several different directions at once and just when you think you have it figured out, it goes somewhere else. If you can, try to watch it all the way through. It won't be the same, since you already know the ending, but it is a wonderful horror film. Notice, especially, Danny Aiello's character. Fantastic!!!!!
July 16, 2009
Yeah, sadly I won't have that complete experience of the first time with it since I do know the ending, but in another sense I will be seeing it for the first time in its entireity.
July 16, 2009
The second time, you can watch for all the little clues, though, and that's cool. I've probably seen it 5-6 times, and each time I find something new.
July 17, 2009
That's the mark of a really good movie.
July 17, 2009
To me, this is one of the great horror films.
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review by . March 11, 2011
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**1/2 out of ****     "Jacob's Ladder" is the kind of psychological mind-trip that will either confuse you or indulge you. There are those who will love it, and then there will be those who could really care less about the thing. Me, I think it's pretty solid. Not a good movie per se, but "Jacob's Ladder" is a visual feast, and has a couple very good and creepy moments. The problem at the core of the film seems to be the story, which is developed in all the right ways, but alas, …
review by . November 01, 2008
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Pros: acting     Cons: predictable ending     The Bottom Line:   "And here you are, that's all that matters  'Cause heaven was waitin' at the top of Jacob's ladder"  ~Mark Wills         One of the many obscure things that were hinted about during the Vietnam era was the use of chemical and biological warfare, by both sides.  The fact that our own government would subject people to a …
review by . March 21, 2002
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I have to admit it, I am a sucker for a psychological film. I came into the movie not expecting much, and left the movie with my mind buzzing with possibilities.Jacob's ladder is a movie that deals with realities, demons, ghost's, hallucinations, and monsters. There are uses of these demon's that took me by surprise, because as apposed to normal shock-like scares this is more dream-like. When a movie begins dealing with the imagination, it can do whatever it wants, but good for us the director stayed …
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Jacob's Ladder Directed by Adrian Lyne Produced by Alan Marshall
Bruce Joel Rubin Written by Bruce Joel Rubin Starring Tim Robbins
Elizabeth Peña
Danny Aiello
Jason Alexander
Ving Rhames Music by Maurice Jarre Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball Editing by Tom Rolf Distributed by TriStar Pictures Release date(s) November 2, 1990 Running time 115 mins Language English Budget $25 million[1]

Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 psychological thriller / horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. It stars Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, and Jason Alexander. Actor Macaulay Culkin appears briefly in an uncredited performance.

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Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a U.S. soldier in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam War. When the story begins, helicopters are passing overhead, carrying supplies for what seems to be preparations for a big Viet Cong offensive. Without any warning, Jacob's unit comes under fire. The soldiers try to take cover but begin to exhibit strange behavior for no apparent reason. Jacob attempts to escape the unexplained insanity, only to be bayonetted by an unseen enemy.

The film then shifts back and forth from Vietnam to Jacob's memories (and hallucinations) of his son Gabe (Macaulay Culkin, uncredited) and former wife Sarah (Patricia...

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