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A tortured man finds himself caught in a middle-ground between hallucination and reality in this supernatural thriller, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin of Ghost (1990) and My Life (1993).Jacob Singer ([[Performer~P108437~Tim Robbins~timrobbins]]) is a soldier stationed in Vietnam who undergoes a traumatic experience on the battlefield - the nature of which is initially unclear. The film then moves into his post-Vietnam experience in 1970s New York, where he feels consistently traumatized, but can never quite remember exactly what happened to him in Southeast Asia or to free himself from his anxieties over the recent tragic death of his young son ([[Performer~P16081~Macaulay Culkin~macaulayculkin]]). Though well educated, Jacob works as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and has become romantically involved with one of his co-workers, Jezzie ([[Performer~P55879~Elizabeth Pena~elizabethpeña]]), after divorcing his wife. Soon, Jacob's tenuous hold on reality starts to slip as horrifying events befall him; he is nearly run over by a subway train, pursued by faceless demons in cars, and spots reptilian tails and horns protruding from the bodies of those he encounters. Jacob also suffers severe panic attacks related to the chaos that may be reality, or may exist only in his mind. He seeks counsel from Louis ([[Performer~P421~Danny Aiello~dannyaiello]]), a kindly chiropractor, as his ex-wife Sarah ([[Performer~P36689~Patricia Kalember~patriciakalember]]), fellow Vietnam vet Paul ([[Performer~P72961~Pruitt Taylor Vince~pruitttaylorvince]]), and enigmatic stranger Michael ([[Performer~P15652~Matt Craven~mattcraven]]) all try to help the tortured soul. [[Performer~P832~Jason Alexander~jasonalexander]], [[Performer~P59836~Ving Rhames~vingrhames]] and [[Performer~P39796~Eriq LaSalle~eriqlasalle]] highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 2, 1990


Tim Robbins
as Jacob Singer
Elizabeth Peña
as Jezzie
Danny Aiello
as Louis
Matt Craven
as Michael
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Paul
Ving Rhames
as George
Jason Alexander
as Geary
Macaulay Culkin
as Gabe
Patricia Kalember
as Sarah
Eriq La Salle
as Frank
Brian Tarantina
as Doug
Anthony Alessandro
as Rod
Brent Hinkley
as Jerry
Bellina Logan
as Emergency Ward Nurse
John Patrick McLaughlin
as Army Officer
Holly Kennedy
as Hospital Patient
Stephanie Berry
as Partygoer
Evan O'Meara
as Sam
Ann Pearl Gary
as Mourner
Antonia Rey
as Woman on Subway
John Capodice
as Army Officer
John Louis Fischer
as Machine Gunner
Perry Lang
as Jacob's Assailant
Suzanne Shepherd
as Hospital Receptionist
Davidson Thomson
as Evil Doctor
Billie Neal
as Della
Becky Ann Baker
as Nurse
Michael Tomlinson
as Field Doctor
Carol Schneider
as Nurse
Thomas A. Carlin
as Doorman
Sam Coppola
as Taxi Driver
Jaime Perry
as Field Medic
Byron Minns
as Orderly
Joe Quintero
as Street Kid
Diane Kagan
as Nurse
Kisha Skinner
as Street Singer
Alison Gordy
as Hospital Patient
Arleigh Richards
as Paul's Wife
Elizabeth Abassi
as Hospital Patient
Raymond Anthony Thomas
as Policeman
Chris Murphy
Brian Larkin
as Jed
Christopher John Fields
Barbara Gruen
as Mourner
Doug Barron
as Group Leader
Patty Rosborough
as Drunk
Alva Williams
as Masked Man
Nora Burns
as Hospital Patient
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Elsa
Kyle Gass
as Tony
Gloria Irizarry
as Mrs. Carmichael
Scott Cohen
as Resident Doctor
Lewis Black
as Jacob's Doctor
Dennis Green
as Attendant
Jan Saint
as Santa
John-Martin Green
as Partygoer


Adrian Lyne
Alan Marshall
Bruce Joel Rubin
Bruce Joel Rubin
Joel Blasberg
Jeffrey Kimball
Maurice Jarre
Composer (Music Score)
Marvin Gaye
Featured Music
Al Jolson
Featured Music
Tom Rolf
Brian Morris
Production Designer
W. Steven Graham
Art Director
Jeremy Conway
Art Director
Bruce Joel Rubin
Associate Producer
Andrew G. Vajna
Executive Producer
Mario Kassar
Executive Producer
Kathleen Dolan
Set Designer
Ellen Mirojnick
Costume Designer
Steven Dewey
Special Effects
Dale Dye
Billy Hopkins
James Brown
Musical Performer
Michael Dennison
Costumes Supervisor