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Jacob's Ladder

Director(s): Adrian Lyne

Theatrical Release: 1990

Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Ving Rhames

Genre(s): Thriller, Horror, Drama, psychological, supernatural

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 116m.

A tortured man is caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller. Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) is a Vietnam veteran who is haunted by a horrible experience in battle that deeply troubles him, though he can't clearly recall the details. Jacob also cannot free himself of his anxieties over the death of his son. Though well educated, Jacob works as a letter carrier and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie (Elizabeth Pena), after divorcing his wife. Jacob's tenuous hold on reality starts to slip as he begins seeing visions of monsters and demons all around him; he suffers severe panic attacks related to the chaos that may be reality, or may exist only in his mind. Jacob 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 Jacob. Macaulay Culkin appears briefly as Jacob's son, while Jason Alexander, Ving Rhames, and Eriq LaSalle also highlight the supporting cast. Mark Deming (allmovie.com)
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