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Jacknife [DVD]

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Kathy Baker, Loudon Wainwright III, Charles S. Dutton
  • Directors: David Jones
  • Producers: Robert Schaffel, Carol Baum
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H8RW0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,179 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Vietnam veteran Joseph 'Megs' Megessey (Robert De Niro) visits his old army buddy Dave (Ed Harris), finds him drunk and disillusioned, and decides to stay around for a while. A tender relationship then begins to develop between Megs and Dave's sister, Martha (Kathy Baker), and this forces Dave to confront both his own past and his feelings for Megs and Martha.

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Based on the acclaimed book by neurologist Oliver Sacks, director Penny Marshall's hit 1990 drama Awakenings stars Robin Williams as Dr. Malcolm Sayer. Sayer is a neurologist who discovers that the drug L-Dopa can be used to "unlock" patients in a mental hospital from the mysterious sleeping sickness that has left them utterly immobilized. Leonard (Robert De Niro) is one such patient who awakens after being in a comatose state for 30 years, leaving Sayer to guide Leonard in adjusting to the world around him. Penelope Ann Miller costars as the daughter of another patient, with whom Leonard falls tenuously in love. Earning Oscar nominations for best picture, actor and screenplay, this moving fact-based drama was a hit with critics and audiences alike. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "filmmakerjay" on 19 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
This is a tragic, heart-rendering story about three men who are sent into the Vietnam war. Only two of them return. The story follows Jacknife (De Niro) meeting up with his old friend Dave (Harris) to try and save their friendship. Dave is very reluctant to be around Jacknife and is mortified when he finds out that his sister is dating him. This film is often under-rated and overlooked but don't let this put you off buying. Ed Harris delivers one of his best performances as depressed, drunk Dave and De Niro is, as usual, at his best. The two men must try and seek sense from what happened to them in the Vietnam war and why they lost their best friend in combat. Slowly we find out how their friend was killed at war in well delivered flashbacks. The film itself can often be slow and slightly repetitive but all this leads up to a very emotional climax.
Its a bare-bones DVD edition with no special features what so ever but this doesn't make the film any less than brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2014
Format: DVD
Jacknife is directed by David Jones and adapted to screenplay by Stephen Metcalfe from his own play Strange Snow. It stars Robert De Niro, Ed Harris and Kathy Baker. Music is by Bruce Broughton and cinematography by Brian West.

De Niro and Harris play two Vietnam War veterans trying to come to terms with their lives post the war. Things are further complicated when De Niro gets romantically involved with Harris sister played by Baker.

Wonderfully sedate and intimate, Jacknife, whilst not creating anything new in the "coming home from Nam" genre of film, is somewhat refreshing in how it relies on dialogue and believable character interactions. Some cliches do find their way into the play later in the day as Harris' character starts to come out of is troubled shell, but this is mostly a thoughtful treatment of loneliness and the on going effects of the war. The three up top performances are well delivered, with De Niro unsurprisingly carrying the film with ease.

A box office flop on release, there's a good chance that Jones' film came too late in the Vietnam War movie cycle. 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. It's worth seeking out now as an anti-dote to blunderbuss blockbusters, because it's good film making that has a story that is touching and often humorous, and for many of a certain era, it's all too real. 7/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Dec. 2000
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Robert De Niro plays Joseph 'Megs' Megassey, a Vietnam veteran struggling to come to terms with the mental scars of war. When Megs visits his old war buddy David - played by Ed Harris - he is shown just how far off the rails a man can go.
Megassey makes it his goal to bring his friend back from the brink of desperation whilst striving to remain in control of his own life.
'Jacknife' is a masterful movie, with subtle direction and a cast that hone the art of method acting to a fine tee. Both De Niro and Harris are so convincing it is very easy to become emotionally engulfed in most scenes, a quality that will undoubtably enhance your appreciation of the film.
Although not a commercial success - due perhaps to both the subject matter and the lack of explosive action - 'Jacknife' is a must-see for De Niro/Harris fans. The film offers more in the way of depth then many modern releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I could'nt believe it when I saw this deal, three videos for only £11.99, the price of one video. this is one of the best deals I've ever seen on the internet. The three films are all great, I had never heard of Jacknife but it was an enjoyable film to watch, Taxi Driver and Awakeings are fantastic films that I've looked for in the shops for months but never saw, so when I saw this deal I thought it was a mistake, a few days later they were here. This is a great offer for any Robert De Niro fans, or anyone who likes good movies, a definite buy.
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By leif b. on 5 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie itself is a gem, wonderfully acted by DeNiro, Baker, and Harris. Excellent.
I bought this DVD copy to replace my video copy, so I was well familiar with what to expect.
Unfortunately, however, the DVD copy forwarded was damaged (digs in disc surface,not caused during transportation) and could not play.
So this time, contrary to previous deliveries, I have to blame Zoverstocks for not taking care of their image as a reliable supplier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Sabulis on 23 Aug. 2013
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Two of Hollywood's most intense actors combine nicely in the post-Nam pic.Kathy Baker also more than holds her own here too.
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