Jacob's Ladder

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Released 1990

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Director:
Adrian Lyne
Released:
1990
Rating:
R

Jacob's Ladder is the 1990 slipstream thriller starring Tim Robbins, and is now available on Amazon. Jacob Singer (Robbins) is a Vietnam veteran and New York City postal worker who's terrible visions of war are unraveling his life. Already suffering from the death of his beloved son (Macaulay Culkin) Jacob starts seeing bloody reptiles, blurred faces on trains, and disturbing demonic images. To all around him, he is going insane, but Jacob discovers that he may not be the only one. An old army buddy from his platoon claims to experience the same thing. Jacob's journey to find the truth leads him to uncover a mystery from hell. This gripping thriller was written by acclaimed supernatural writer Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, The Time Traveler's Wife) and directed by Academy Award nominated Director Adrian Lyne (9 _ Weeks, Fatal Attraction). Also stars Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Jason Alexander, and Ving Rhames.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    The ending of Jacob's Ladder, when it finally arrives, is, like much of the film, both quaint and devastating.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

  • 30

    Variety

    Jacob's Ladder means to be a harrowing thriller about a Vietnam vet (Tim Robbins) bedeviled by strange visions, but the $40 million production is dull, unimaginative and pretentious.

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    city living, facing danger, fight for survival, government conspiracies, trippy