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Jacknife
USA 1989
Directed by David Jones
Running time 102 minutes
Rated M

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
4 stars


Although a tad self-conscious at times, this entrant into the category of America's domestic post-Vietnam trauma films is a small gem with wonderful performances by Robert De Niro, Kathy Baker and Ed Harris. Based on a stage play, Strange Snow, by Stephen Metcalfe who also wrote the screenplay which is well-translated to cinematic naturalism by David Jones, it taps into the mainstream of the American literary tradition to tell a story of ordinary men and women, their travails and the lessons they learn in dealing with them. Perhaps a little too neat in its resolution for some tastes but its message of healing is credibly handled.

 

 

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