Jacknife (1989) - Drama

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A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister, with whom he lives, when she becomes romantically involved with the Army buddy who reminds him of the tragic battle ...

IMDB: 6.3
Director: David Hugh Jones
Stars: Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 3 out of 27 found boring (11.11%)

One-line Reviews (14)

It really is worth watching because of all the different characters in it.

The screenplay is very compelling and full of beautiful characters.

The problem with the romantic subplots in Bruckheimer movies and whatnot is that they are so predictable that you just wait for the obvious end to come and hope that something interesting happens along the way.

This film has a slow pace, which allows us to get to know the characters, feel their pain and understand how all three of them are trying to grow.

It's also safe to say that the slow pace and the dialogue heavy nature of it made it only appealing to a certain demographic of film lovers.

Stupid boring "people" movie .

Ed Harris plays the one person who is in the most pain, and is always on the edge of hurting others because of it.

I found everything about this film compelling.

It is rare to get a glimpse of post-partum Vietnam, and this movie-sans combat scenes and exciting bombs and gunfire- did it.

They totally immersed themselves in their characters and expressed the great anguish of two former friends who lost their best friend Bobby in combat.

Quiet and Compelling .

By contrast, "Jacknife" is meaningful and character-driven; suspense is created via raw, unpredictable emotion and outstanding acting (by all three members of the triangle).

Still worth watching!!!

At times this is a slow moving drama, but Jacknife is entertaining along the way and has a huge payoff at the end, which amazingly manages to be sappy without being cheesy.