Jacknife

Jacknife

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Director: David Jones

Cast: David Jones, Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Kathy Baker

     
 

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This little-known Robert DeNiro film is set several years after the war in Vietnam. DeNiro plays an unpredictably explosive war veteran, while Ed Harris co-stars as his army buddy, who's trying his best to forget his Vietnamese experiences by crawling into a bottle. While visiting Harris and Harris' sister Kathy Baker, DeNiro frightens both with his neurotic ramblings

Overview

This little-known Robert DeNiro film is set several years after the war in Vietnam. DeNiro plays an unpredictably explosive war veteran, while Ed Harris co-stars as his army buddy, who's trying his best to forget his Vietnamese experiences by crawling into a bottle. While visiting Harris and Harris' sister Kathy Baker, DeNiro frightens both with his neurotic ramblings. Still, Baker is grateful that DeNiro's presence seems to be lifting Harris out of his deep funk. She encourages DeNiro to stay on for a while, thereby setting the stage for a blossoming romance. Baker has no way of knowing that Harris' depression has been brought about by the death of a wartime pal--a death he blames on DeNiro. Violence threatens to erupt at every turn in Jacknife, but the film refuses to play down to its audience by wallowing in the obvious.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
UPC:
0012236207405
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
48,268

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Joseph "Megs" Megessey
Ed Harris Dave
Kathy Baker Martha
Charles S. Dutton Jake
Loudon Wainwright Ferretti
Ivar Brogger Actor
Sloane Shelton Shirley
Michael Arkin Dispatcher
Tom Isbell Bobby Buckman
Kirk Taylor Helicopter Gunner
Jordan Lund Tiny
Jessalyn Gilsig His Girlfriend
George Gerdes Tony
Josh Pais Rick
Walter Massey Ed Buckman
Elizabeth Franz Pru Buckman
Gabrielle Carteris College Girl in Bar
Madison Arnold Sam, Bartender
Tom Rack William Green
John Boylan Frank, Phys Ed
Bruce Ramsay Corridor Student

Technical Credits
David Jones Director
William Barclay Production Designer
Carol Baum Co-producer
John Bloom Editor
Bruce Broughton Score Composer
Everett Creach Stunts
Sandy Gallin Producer
Stephen Metcalfe Screenwriter
Edward Pisoni Production Designer
Robert Schaffel Co-producer
Brian West Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jacknife
1. Awake [14:53]
2. Baiting the Hook [9:58]
3. Wartime [13:28]
4. It's Up Ahead [15:18]
5. I Don't Know Anymore [14:25]
6. Preparations [10:18]
7. Flashback [8:30]
8. Welcome Back [15:37]

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Jacknife 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JACKNIFE is a fine adaptation of Stephen Metcalfe's play 'Strange Snow' (the screenplay was also written by Metcalfe), sensitively directed by David Hugh Jones, that explores the too frequently forgotten effect of battle on veterans damaged permanently by the heinous cruelties of war. It is especially poignant to return to this 1989 film now as we watch the soldiers returning from the war in Iraq and the raw treatment they are receiving in our Veterans' Hospitals. Three friends went off to the Vietnam War together and only two returned alive: the problem is that while both men suffered in battle the one David 'Highschool' Flannigan (Ed Harris) is so severely damaged by posttraumatic stress syndrome that he 'exists' in a drunken vacuum with his very plain schoolteacher sister Martha (Kathy Baker). As David deteriorates his buddy Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey (Robert De Niro) returns to the town in an attempt to help his friend. In the course of events Jacknife at first offers succor to Martha and eventually the two date - at a Prom Martha must attend - and at that prom drunken David completely falls apart, destroying relics in the school and terrifying the townspeople and students. Jacknife makes Dave relive the moment in Vietnam when they lost their buddy and in doing so brings David to the point where he can begin his climb toward recovery. And the longsuffering Martha finds her needs tended by Jacknife, too. All three actors give astonishingly fine performances: Ed Harris offers one of his most fully realized roles while De Niro and Baker maintain the high standards set by their careers. More people should help resurrect this all but forgotten film as it is a brittle reminder of the damages our wars bring to the men who fight them and to the families who receive them after battle's end. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
DeNiro at his most underrated and quintessentially best with the endearing Ed Harris who can play any type of role, but is always under the radar. A Vietnam movie that should not be missed!