Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

4.6 6
Director: Adrian Lyne

Cast: Adrian Lyne, Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A tortured man finds himself caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin of Ghost (1990) and My Life (1993). Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a soldier stationed in Vietnam who undergoes a traumatic experience on the battlefield - the nature of which is initially unclear. The filmSee more details below

Overview

A tortured man finds himself caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin of Ghost (1990) and My Life (1993). Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a soldier stationed in Vietnam who undergoes a traumatic experience on the battlefield - the nature of which is initially unclear. The film then moves into his post-Vietnam experience in 1970s New York, where he feels consistently traumatized, but can never quite remember exactly what happened to him in Southeast Asia or to free himself from his anxieties over the recent tragic death of his young son (Macaulay Culkin). Though well educated, Jacob works as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie (Elizabeth Pena), after divorcing his wife. Soon, Jacob's tenuous hold on reality starts to slip as horrifying events befall him; he is nearly run over by a subway train, pursued by faceless demons in cars, and spots reptilian tails and horns protruding from the bodies of those he encounters. Jacob also suffers severe panic attacks related to the chaos that may be reality, or may exist only in his mind. He seeks counsel from Louis (Danny Aiello), a kindly chiropractor, as his ex-wife Sarah (Patricia Kalember), fellow Vietnam vet Paul (Pruitt Taylor Vince), and enigmatic stranger Michael (Matt Craven) all try to help the tortured soul. Jason Alexander, Ving Rhames and Eriq LaSalle highlight the supporting cast.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Too dark and obscure to connect with mainstream audiences, Jacob's Ladder earned a devoted cult following based on its bizarre hallucinatory visuals and terrifying story of a Vietnam veteran apparently suffering a mental breakdown. The New York City inhabited by Jacob Singer is at first just a few degrees away from normal, but the differences make the viewer's flesh crawl. As he's exiting a subway, Jacob notices that the homeless man lying across the seats has a reptilian tail that slithers out of view; later, a nurse drops her cap to reveal a horn-like growth that is clearly inhuman. Whether these and the more extreme images that follow are figments of Jacob's henpecked imagination is open to audience interpretation. Although the film ultimately offers a satisfying explanation for the wartime mishap and subsequent demonization of Jacob's life, screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, who scripted Ghost the same year, is clever enough to leave things open-ended. Director Adrian Lyne's ease with special effects, never previewed in such prior outings as Flashdance and Fatal Attraction, is that of an experienced horror director. The hospital/mental ward/afterworld purgatory he brings to twisted life near the end is both difficult to watch and impossible to look away from. Though all the supporting performances are strong, Tim Robbins has never been more nakedly emotional as the star of his own unrelenting nightmare.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0012236180319
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
25,708

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Robbins Jacob Singer
Elizabeth Peña Jezzie
Danny Aiello Louis
Matt Craven Michael
Ving Rhames George
Pruitt Taylor Vince Paul
Jason Alexander Geary
Macaulay Culkin Gabe
Patricia Kalember Sarah
Eriq La Salle Frank
Brian Tarantina Doug
Anthony Alessandro Rod
Brent Hinkley Jerry
Christopher John Fields Actor
Dennis Green Attendant
Brad Hamlet Actor
Chris Murphy Actor
S. Epatha Merkerson Elsa
Suzanne Shepherd Hospital Receptionist
Doug Barron Group Leader
Jan Saint Santa
Kisha Skinner Street Singer
Dion Simmons Street Singer
Patty Rosborough Drunk
Evan O'Meara Sam
Kyle Gass Tony
Gloria Irizarry Mrs. Carmichael
Lewis Black Jacob's Doctor
Raymond Anthony Thomas Policeman
Jaime Perry Field Medic
Michael Tomlinson Field Doctor
A.M. Marxuach Field Doctor
Antonia Rey Woman on Subway
John Patrick McLaughlin Army Officer
Bellina Logan Emergency Ward Nurse
Scott Cohen Resident Doctor
Davidson Thomson Evil Doctor
Brian Larkin Jed
B.J. Donaldson Eli
Thomas A. Carlin Doorman
Carol Schneider Nurse
Becky Ann Baker Nurse
Diane Kagan Nurse
Billie Neal Della
Mike Stokie Field Sergeant
James Ellis Reynolds E.M.T. Bearer
Byron Minns Orderly
Reggie Mc Fadden Partygoer
Stephanie Berry Partygoer
John-Martin Green Partygoer
Arleigh Richards Paul's Wife
Ann Pearl Gary Mourner
Barbara Gruen Mourner
Joe Quintero Street Kid
John Louis Fischer Machine Gunner
Alva Williams Masked Man
Elizabeth Abassi Hospital Patient
Nora Burns Hospital Patient
Alison Gordy Hospital Patient
Jessica Roberts Hospital Patient
Holly Kennedy Hospital Patient
Blanche Irwin Stuart Hospital Patient
Perry Lang Jacob's Assailant
Sam Coppola Taxi Driver
John Capodice Army Officer

Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director
R. Benson Songwriter
Joel Blasberg Screenwriter
Risa Bramon Casting
Connie Brink Special Effects
Jeremy Conway Art Director
Richard Dean Makeup
Steven Dewey Special Effects
Kathleen Dolan Set Decoration/Design
Dale Dye Consultant/advisor
FX Smith, Inc. Special Effects
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Billy Hopkins Casting
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Mario Kassar Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kimball Cinematographer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Marshall Producer
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Musikwerks Special Effects
Phil Nelson Stunts
Tom Rolf Editor
Bruce Joel Rubin Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Gordon J. Smith Makeup Special Effects
Andrew G. Vajna Executive Producer

Read More

Scene Index

"Making of" Featurette; Audio commentary by director Adrian Lyne; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >