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    Jacobs Ladder

    Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam war veteran attempts to discover his past while his experiences prior to and during the war result in strange, fragmentary flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him.
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  • Actors of "Jacobs Ladder"

  • Characters of "Jacobs Ladder"

  • Directors of "Jacobs Ladder"

    Adrian Lyne. Director of Jacobs Ladder

    Adrian Lyne

    Birthdate: 4 March 1941, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
  • Creators of "Jacobs Ladder"

    Bruce Joel Rubin. Director of Jacobs Ladder

    Bruce Joel Rubin

    Birthdate: 10 March 1943, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • Critic Reviews of "Jacobs Ladder"


    August 23, 2014

    It's weird and surreal, but it ends with most of the holes plugged and all but a few of the loose ends tied into a tidy package. Some argue this is a cheat and the film should have been more open ended. That's a personal choice; I like it the way it is.

    Seattle Times

    August 23, 2014

    For hours and days after you've seen it, you'll still be putting it together in your head. While all of it is gripping, it doesn't come together until the final scene, which is jolting, transcendent, unexpected yet inevitable.

    Chicago Tribune

    August 23, 2014

    As long as the movie refuses to commit itself, it is a truly creepy, nerve-jangling experience.

    Los Angeles Times

    August 23, 2014

    In the best puzzle movies, the pieces fit -- eventually. But if you try to piece together Jacob's Ladder, all you get for your trouble is more pieces.

    Orlando Sentinel

    August 23, 2014

    Without a strongly sympathetic figure at the center of the movie, Jacob's plight seems very remote. Watching this film should feel like being caught in a nightmare, but it feels more like watching someone else who is caught in a nightmare.

    Chicago Tribune

    August 23, 2014

    [Robbins' and Pena's] scenes together are the highlight of the film, so natural, so bright. That's why we're willing to invest a lot of time in what turns out to be a terribly overwrought plot.

    Philadelphia Daily News

    August 23, 2014

    Jacob's Ladder is unique. Rarely is such an unconventional screenplay given this full-blown, $25 million studio treatment. It is a curiosity -- a mutant of a movie in an industry that specializes in clones.

    Austin Chronicle

    August 23, 2014

    One of Robbins' finest unheralded performances, plus a slew of supporting roles from then-unknowns Eriq LaSalle, Ving Rhames, Jason Alexander, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and an uncredited Macaulay Culkin.

    Tulsa World

    August 23, 2014

    Every story needs some kernel of internal logic, some hold on reality. But Lyne's film is like trying to scale a mountain of Jello. There's no solid ground. Everything is constantly shifting and undulating.

    People Magazine

    August 23, 2014

    Just when it's on the brink of becoming one of the most disturbing, disorienting and penetrating psychological horror movies, Jacob's Ladder -- in a self-deflating few minutes -- turns itself into a shaggy-dog story.

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    August 23, 2014

    Despite its frequently maddening lapses in logic and time frame, Jacob`s Ladder transcends most script ills to become a haunting and truly chilling thriller-melodrama.

    Baltimore Sun

    August 23, 2014

    Jacob's Ladder takes a long time getting to the point, and when it does, there isn't that much to it.

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