• Jacob's Ladder (1990)

Jacob's Ladder

Release Date: November 2nd, 1990

DVD Release Date: July 14th, 1998

R |1 hr 53 min

Plot Summary

After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as the world and people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. His girlfriend, Jezzie (Elizabeth Peña), and ex-wife, Sarah (Patricia Kalember), try to help, but to little avail. Even Singer's chiropractor friend, Louis (Danny Aiello), fails to reach him as he descends into madness.

Cast: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Jason Alexander, Patricia Kalember, Eriq La Salle

Director: Adrian Lyne

Genres: Drama , Horror , Thriller

Production Co: Carolco Pictures Inc.

Distributors: Image Entertainment Inc., TriStar Pictures

Keywords: Girlfriend, Dark, Son, Death, Fall, Mystery, Quest, Soldier, 1970s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This movie left me reeling with turmoil and confusion, with feelings of sadness and despair. Those are the notes it strives for. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    I wouldn't go so far as to classify Jacob's Ladder as a masterpiece, but it is smart and compelling and unquestionably worth a first or second look. show more

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

    Truly frightening and visually unique, this messy, challenging film is anchored by Tim Robbins' remarkable performance. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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