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On 06 Oct 1971, in Vietnam, the American soldier Jacob Singer is wounded by a bayonet during an attack to his platoon. He wakes up in a New york subway while going home late at night after working overtime in the post office. He is divorced from Sarah, lives with his colleague and lover Jezebel in a small Brooklyn apartment and misses his young son Gabe, who died in an accident for which Jacob feels responsible. During the next days, Jacob is chased by demons and finds the army conspiracy against him, while having strange visions during different moments of his life.
The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.
Title: Jacob's Ladder
Release Date: November 02, 1990
Runtime: 113 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Buried.com Rating: 8.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With J
MPAA Rating: R
Tim Robbins ...Jacob Singer
Elizabeth Pena ...Jezzie
Danny Aiello ...Louis
Matt Craven ...Michael
Pruitt Taylor Vince ...Paul
Jason Alexander ...Geary
Patricia Kalember ...Sarah
Eriq La Salle ...Frank
Ving Rhames ...George
Brian Tarantina ...Doug
Anthony Alessandro ...Rod
Brent Hinkley ...Jerry
S. Epatha Merkerson ...Elsa
Suzanne Shepherd ...Hospital Receptionist
Doug Barron ...Group Leader
Jan Saint ...Santa
Kisha Skinner ...Street Singer
Dion Simmons ...Street Singer
Sam Coppola ...Taxi Driver
Patty Rosborough ...Drunk
Evan O'Meara ...Sam
Kyle Gass ...Tony
Gloria Irizarry ...Mrs. Carmichael
Lewis Black ...Jacob's Doctor
Raymond Anthony Thomas ...Policeman
Christopher John Fields ...Field Medic (as Christopher Fields)
Jaime Perry ...Field Medic
Michael Tomlinson ...Field Doctor
A.M. Marxuach ...Field Doctor
Antonia Rey ...Woman on Subway
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Bruce Joel Rubin
Andrew G. Vajna
Bruce Joel Rubin
Jacob's Ladder Horror Film Trailer 1
"PLEASE MR. POSTMAN"
"WHAT'S GOING ON"
"HEARING SOLAR WINDS / Part 3: Arc Descents"
More Movie Taglines:
- The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.
- Louis: Eckhart saw Hell too. He said: The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, he said. They're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and... and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.
Louis: If you're frightened of dying, and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. If you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth.
Jezebel: Well, personally, I never went for church names. [Jacob laughs] Jezebel: What? Jacob Singer: Where do you think Jezebel came from? Jezebel: No one calls me that. Jacob Singer: You're such a heathen, Jezzie. How'd I ever get involved with such a fuckin' ninny? Jezebel: You sold your soul, remember? That's what you told me. Jacob Singer: Yeah? For what? Jezebel: A good lay. Jacob Singer: Look what I got. Jezebel, Jacob Singer: The best.
Jacob's Doctor: You're a lucky guy, Jake. You must have friends in high places.
Army Officer: Mr. Singer. What an appropriate name for a man who can't shut up.
- All SFX were filmed live, with no post-production. For example, to achieve the famous 'shaking head' effect, director Adrian Lyne simply filmed the actor waving his head around (and keeping his shoulders and the rest of his body completely still) at 4fps, resulting in an incredibly fast and deeply disturbing motion when played back at the normal frame-rate of 24fps.
The Bergen Street station in the film was actually an abandoned, lower level portion of the station, which had to be re-tiled and fixed to look as if it was still in working condition.
All ads in the subway and Bergen Street station are anti-drug ads.
According to the original script, the subway station Jacob arrives at in the beginning of the movie was supposed to be Nostrand Avenue - not Bergen Street.
According to the original script, after Jacob is nearly run over by the subway train, a sequence involving a man being raped in the subway station mens bathroom was supposed to occur. It was filmed but deleted from the final cut (parts of the scene can be seen in the Making-Of featurette Building 'Jacob's Ladder' (1990) (V)).
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Rating: 8.5 out of 10.0 - 56 votes cast total