Jacknife

Jacknife

David Jones (3) (1988)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Robert De Niro returns to the traumas of Vietnam in this talky yet engrossing drama. He plays an ex-serviceman who has finally come to terms with the conflict, setting out to help an old friend (Ed Harris), who is still deeply disturbed by his experiences of the war. Apart from a few, not entirely convincing wartime flashbacks, director David Jones concentrates on the interplay between De Niro and Harris, and they both make the most of Stephen Metcalfe's perceptive script. The strong supporting cast includes Kathy Baker and Charles Dutton. Not in the same league as The Deer Hunter, but a modest, rewarding experience, nevertheless.

Summary

A Vietnam veteran pays an unexpected visit to an old army buddy, who has become an alcoholic since the war. His unspoken intention is for them both to come to terms with a traumatic incident during their military service, but he becomes distracted by his romance with his friend's sister. Drama, starring Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker.

Cast & Crew

Joseph "Megs" Megessey Robert De Niro
Dave Ed Harris
Martha Kathy Baker
Jake Charles S Dutton
Pru Buckman Elizabeth Franz
Bobby Buckman Tom Isbell
Ferretti Loudon Wainwright III
Shirley Sloane Shelton
Depot mechanic Ivan Brogger
Director David Jones (3)
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Vestron Pictures UK Ltd Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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