Jackknife (1989)

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By Scott Goldfine

Robert De Niro stars as a Vietnam veteran who returns to his hometown and tries to rekindle the friendship of a fellow vet and lifelong buddy (Ed Harris). De Niro becomes torn between his friend’s lingering war trauma and a relationship with Harris’ sister (Kathy Baker).

It may be a tired theme, but superb acting (especially Harris) and a sense of hope and life renewal, elevate this film. Rated R.

GRADE: B-

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