Jacknife is a 1989 American drama film directed by David Jones and starring Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Kathy Baker, and Stanley Tucci. The film tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to the United States and struggles to adjust to civilian life. The film opens with Jack Nicholson (De Niro) returning home from Vietnam. He is greeted by his wife, Sally (Baker), and their young son. Jack is clearly traumatized by his experiences in Vietnam, and he struggles to connect with his family. He is also haunted by the memory of his friend, Jacknife (Harris), who was killed in action. Jack begins to withdraw from his family and friends. He starts drinking heavily and becomes increasingly violent. He eventually leaves his wife and son and moves to a small town in Maine. In Maine, Jack meets a woman named Sarah (Tucci). Sarah is also a Vietnam veteran, and she helps Jack to begin to heal. Jack starts to open up about his experiences in Vietnam, and he begins to come to terms with his grief. The film ends with Jack returning to his family. He is still struggling with his trauma, but he is determined to make a new life for himself. Jacknife is a powerful and moving film about the impact of war on the human psyche. The film is well-acted, and it offers a realistic and unflinching look at the challenges faced by Vietnam veterans.

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Jacknife (1989)

Drama · 1h 42m

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Jacknife is a 1989 American drama film directed by David Jones and starring Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Kathy Baker, and Stanley Tucci. The film tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to the United States and struggles to adjust to civilian life. The film opens with Jack Nicholson (De Niro) returning home from Vietnam. He is greeted by his wife, Sally (Baker), and their young son. Jack is clearly traumatized by his experiences in Vietnam, and he struggles to connect with his family. He is also haunted by the memory of his friend, Jacknife (Harris), who was killed in action. Jack begins to withdraw from his family and friends. He starts drinking heavily and becomes increasingly violent. He eventually leaves his wife and son and moves to a small town in Maine. In Maine, Jack meets a woman named Sarah (Tucci). Sarah is also a Vietnam veteran, and she helps Jack to begin to heal. Jack starts to open up about his experiences in Vietnam, and he begins to come to terms with his grief. The film ends with Jack returning to his family. He is still struggling with his trauma, but he is determined to make a new life for himself. Jacknife is a powerful and moving film about the impact of war on the human psyche. The film is well-acted, and it offers a realistic and unflinching look at the challenges faced by Vietnam veterans.

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Cast
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Robert de Niro

Joseph 'Jacknife' Megessey
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Kathy Baker

Martha Flannigan
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Ed Harris

David 'High School' Flannigan
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Sloane Shelton

Shirley
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Ivar Brogger

Depot Mechanic
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Michael Arkin

Dispatcher
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Tom Isbell

Bobby 'Red Sox' Buckman
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Kirk Taylor

Helicopter Gunner
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Jordan Lund

Tiny
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Charles S. Dutton

Jake, Veteran Encounter Group Leader (as Charles Dutton)
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Bruce Ramsay

Corridor Student
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Jessalyn Gilsig

His Girlfriend
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George Gerdes

Tony
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Josh Pais

Rick
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Lois Dellar

Cocktail Waitress
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Joel Miller

Restaurant Couple
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Irene Rauch

Restaurant Couple
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Paul Hoover

Upscale Bartender
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Paul Hart

Potbellied Man
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Loudon Wainwright III

Ferretti
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Brian Delate

Briggs
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Walter Massey

Ed Buckman
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Elizabeth Franz

Pru Buckman
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Sal Dominello

Tuxedo Tailor
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Joseph Grillo

Florist
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Tim Conover

'Joe College'
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Gabrielle Carteris

College Girl in Bar
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Madison Arnold

Sam the Bartender
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Tom Rack

William Green, Geology and Space Research Teacher
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John Boylan

Frank, Physical Education Teacher
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Tanya Tree

Tanya
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Keith Glover

Soldier
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Michael McCarty

Landlord (scenes deleted)
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John D. Bair

Basketball Player (uncredited)
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Victor Talmadge

Manager (uncredited)
Crew
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David Hugh Jones

Director
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Jacknife

(DVD)

1/23/2007

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