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This little-known Robert DeNiro film is set several years after the war in Vietnam. DeNiro plays an unpredictably explosive war veteran, while Ed Harris co-stars as his army buddy, who's trying his best to forget his Vietnamese experiences by crawling into a bottle. While visiting Harris and Harris' sister Kathy Baker, DeNiro frightens both with his neurotic ramblings. Still, Baker is grateful that DeNiro's presence seems to be lifting Harris out of his deep funk. She encourages DeNiro to stay on for a while, thereby setting the stage for a blossoming romance. Baker has no way of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jacknife works best when illustrating a quiet grace."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Reveals the difficulties many Vietnam veterans have in readjusting to life at home."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This Vietnam vet melodrama is extremely well acted by De Niro, Ed Harris, and Kathy Baker."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great actors... dissapointing movie"
‑ David Poland, Hot Button
"Gritty De Niro in hard core yarn"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Jacknife is not a bad film -- it simply fails to say anything new about the post-Vietnam experience."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
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