Jacknife (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes


Jacknife (1989)




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Post-traumatic stress syndrome provides the basis of this drama that centers on a young woman and her afflicted brother, a Vietnam veteran. The trouble begins when another veteran comes to call. Soon he causes her heretofore normal brother to change in bizarre ways. Violence ensues.

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Robert De Niro
as Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey
Ed Harris
as David 'High School' Flannigan
Kathy Baker
as Martha Flannigan
Tom Isbell
as Bobby Buckman
Walter Massey
as Ed Buckman
Elizabeth Franz
as Pru Buckman
Ivar Brogger
as Depot Mechanic
Michael Arkin
as Dispatcher
Kirk Taylor
as Helicopter Gunner
Bruce Ramsey
as Corridor Student
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Corridor Student's Girlfriend
Lois Dellar
as Cocktail Waitress
Sal Dominello
as Tuxedo Tailor
Bruce Ramsay
as Corridor Student
Tim Conover
as `Joe College'
Gabrielle Carteris
as College Girl in Bar
Tom Rack
as William Green
Tanya Tree
as Frank's Wife
Keith Glover
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Jacknife

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (1)

Jacknife redeems it in the specifics of the performances. De Niro, Harris and Baker seem to be oblivious to the "message," and lose themselves in the personalities of their characters. And so the movie works.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Jacknife works best when illustrating a quiet grace.

February 27, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This Vietnam vet melodrama is extremely well acted by De Niro, Ed Harris, and Kathy Baker.

June 30, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Gritty De Niro in hard core yarn

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Reveals the difficulties many Vietnam veterans have in readjusting to life at home.

August 28, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Great actors... dissapointing movie

July 26, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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