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Jacob's Ladder

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Time Out says

Lyne's chilling film bombed in the States, probably because of its origins in the murkier side of the now done-to-death Vietnam War. But, messy and maddening though some of it is, Jacob's Ladder is also a truly scary film which is never simply a war or horror vehicle. Jacob Singer (Robbins) is a man whose life totters continually between past, present and future, between reality and terrifying illusion brought on by his experiences in Vietnam, where his unit was dosed with a vicious derivative of LSD to improve its killing power. Where the problem arises is that this scenario is only one alternative in the life of a man variously shown as divorced, studying and co-habiting, married and prosperous with children, or dead on a Vietnam field-hospital table. But Lyne's giddying, unsettling direction conjures up moments of horrifying hallucinogenic power from the bad-trip hell of his protagonist.
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Release Details

  • Duration:113 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Adrian Lyne
  • Screenwriter:Bruce Joel Rubin
  • Cast:
    • Tim Robbins
    • Elizabeth Peña
    • Danny Aiello
    • Matt Craven
    • Pruitt Taylor Vince
    • Jason Alexander
    • Patricia Kalember
    • Ving Rhames
    • Macaulay Culkin
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