• 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: Thriller , Horror , Drama

Production Co: Carolco Pictures Inc.

Distributors: Image Entertainment Inc., TriStar Pictures

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine

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

  • 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

  • 50
    Julie SalamonWall Street Journal

    As a metaphysical exploration of otherworldliness, Jacob's Ladder has a kind of morbid intensity, for those who like that sort of thing. The picture flounders, however, with its insistence on injecting a little politics into the paranormal brew. [1Nov 1990, p.A20]

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