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Shot in the head during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, American soldier Jack Starks (Academy Award winner Adrien Brody - The Pianist) is pronounced dead by army medics moments before miraculously returning to life. One year later, Jack has returned to his native Vermont, where he is arrested for a murder he cannot remember. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, the veteran finds himself in an asylum, where a maniacal doctor (Kris Kristofferson - Blade trilogy) puts him on a grueling regimen of experimental drugs, restrains him in a jacket-like device, and locks him away in a body drawer of the basement morgue. The therapy sends the patient on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death in four days' time. Now, the only question that matters is: Can the woman (Keira Knightley - Bend It Like Beckham) he meets in the future save him from The Jacket?

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Alternate endings: The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes Featurette: The Look of The Jacket: A Featurette on Special EffectsAlternate endings: The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes Featurette: The Look of The Jacket: A Featurette on Special EffectsAlternate endings: The Jacket: Project History and Deleted Scenes Featurette: The Look of The Jacket: A Featurette on Special Effects

Product Details

  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kelly Lynch
  • Directors: John Maybury
  • Producers: Peter Guber, Ben Cosgrove, George Clooney, Ori Marmur, Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009G3B0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,156 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jacket" on IMDb

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By M. G. Mora on April 27, 2005
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Maybe it was the advertising that killed this movie in the theatre before it even got a fair chance. I saw this before it was released at the Sundance film festival and knew that it would be a hard one to sell to people not because it wasn't good but because it didn't fit in to a usual Hollywood classification. Sure enough, I was right. They made it look like a horror movie and it is definitely not that. I'd call it a thriller with sci fi overtones. Sort of a Twilight Zone episode if you had to label it.

Great performances by a strong cast plus an interesting plot propel this over most movies that come out in the theatres these days. In some respects it's even better than The Butterfly Effect (which had a simular plot) especially because it has a strong lead where as B.E did not.

Given a chance with different marketing this could have been big. So check it out on DVD now!
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Out of the proverbial left field, this movie ended up in my husband's vast dvd collection. I'd never heard of it. He popped it into the dvd player and I found myself immediately engrossed in the slow unfolding of a wonderfully played tale. This Adrien Brody guy is fascinating to watch; I don't know why I don't hear about him more often (see 'Dummy'). Now, I love myself a good time-travel story, and I think giving you that much information may already be too much, because you should discover it on your own. Also, I am capable of nit-picking my way through an implausible film unmercilessly (see 'Stigmata'), but this story was very easy to swallow, and it was quite engaging. I found myself thinking about it days afterward, which is the hallmark of a good film for me. If you need explosions and big action to keep you in the moment, then this probably isn't for you. But if you can be patient and allow a story to unravel itself through strong characterizations and simple dialogues, I think you will be satisfied.
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Here lately, the best way to find the boldest, darkest, most intellectually challenging films is to follow Jennifer Jason Leigh. Having watched The Machinist and The Jacket back to back, I feel a whole lot better about the future of motion pictures than I used to. There are actually scriptwriters and directors out there that are almost as dark and twisted as I am. Of course, The Jacket is primarily a showpiece for Adrien Brody, who gives a marvelous, haunting performance as Jack Starks, an ill-fated man who comes to know the past through the future - it's rather complicated (but it all makes sense in the end).

Starks' problems begin when a little Iraqi kid plugs him in the head as his unit is trying to control a crowd during a combat mission in the Gulf War. He is left for dead and may in fact have died (but I don't want to get into a tricky metaphysical discussion on this point). Then, it's a year later and we see Jack walk down a wintry road and help a woman and daughter get their car started - a seemingly innocuous event but one of great importance in this story. Then Jack bums a ride with a stranger, the car gets pulled over by a policeman, and the next thing Jack knows, he's on trial for killing a cop. No one believes his story, much of which he doesn't remember anyway, and there's no denying the fact that he suffered a serious head injury in the war, so he ends up being confined in a mental institution for the criminally insane. There are definitely some insane people at the institution - unfortunately, some of them are on the staff.

I'm still trying to figure out who told Kris Kristofferson he could act, but he shows up here as Dr. Mengel- uh, I mean Dr. Becker.
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I must agree with the previous reviewer...the trailer looks like a horror movie, but this is actually a very facinating movie. I'm a complete chicken (don't like horror movies) and I found this movie to be very engrossing. Probably not for everyone (my wife wouldn't like it, I think...), but if you like modern fiction with a twist, this is the movie for you.
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Here is a rather horrifying thought: how would you like it if someone put you in a straight jacket, bound your feet, then put you in the drawer of a morgue and left you there for hours? What's that you, you say? You'd rather not sample that particular adventure? Neither would I. However, it's the basic premise of this movie.

Surprisingly enough, the movie actually turns out to be rather upbeat in spite of this fact. Of course, it's upbeat in a rather twisted, bizarre sort of way. It is kind of a cross between a ghost story and a time travel movie. And, yes, the movie is as weird as that sounds, although weird doesn't make it not worth seeing.

Of course, the biggest feature of this film is Keira Knightley. She adds a great deal of flavor to a movie that looks for all the world like it's going to be a real downer.

If you're into movies that are not afraid to be classified as "experimental," you may well want to check this one out. If you're not claustrophobic, you will be perfect for viewing this film!!
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What's up with Adrien Brody playing guys named Jack? First he played Jack the slippery con artist in LOVE THE HARD WAY, this spring he was seen briefly in theaters as amnesiac Gulf War veteran/accused murderer/asylum inmate/time traveler Jack Starks in THE JACKET, and Brody just wrapped Peter Jackson's (another Jack, sorta :-) KING KONG remake, due for Christmas season release, in which he plays playwright-turned-unlikely-hero Jack Driscoll. Is this Jack motif a superstition with Brody, like Paul Newman and his string of "H" movies (THE HUSTLER, HUD, HOMBRE, HARPER, HARRY & SON)? Indeed, THE JACKET is chock-full of Jacks, in its title, its hero, and even love interest Jackie (Keira Knightley, looking like a cross between Helena Bonham Carter in FIGHT CLUB and Winona Ryder in BEETLEJUICE. Boy, her voice is deep when she's doing an American accent! :-). Too bad the folks at Warner Independent Pictures didn't know jack about properly publicizing THE JACKET, which opened with an anemic $2 million at the box office and only sank further. According to THE NEW YORK TIMES, the studio spent $10 million on advertising (acting like it was a big deal. I bet that's a fraction of the advertising budget that Universal will use on KING KONG...but I digress...), but they certainly didn't use it wisely. I didn't notice any TV commercials, newspaper/magazine ads, or posters at theaters for the film until the week it opened, and the advertising art was the ugliest, most unenticing imagery I've ever seen for a major release.Read more ›
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