Jacob's Ladder script
Synopsis: Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, and Danny Aiello. The film's protagonist, Jacob, is a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in strange, fragmentary flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him. As his ordeal worsens, Jacob desperately attempts to figure out the truth.

In the midst of this madness FRANK shoots to his feet and

slams the butt of his rifle into JACOB's back. There is a

cracking sound. JACOB's eyes freeze with pain. His hands

rush for his spine. As he spins around one of the ATTACKERS

jams all eight inches of his bayonet blade into JACOB's

stomach. JACOB screams. It is a loud and piercing wail.

CUT ON THE SOUND OF THE SCREAM to a sudden rush through a

long dark tunnel. There is a sense of enormous speed

accelerating toward a brilliant light. The rush suggests a

passage between life and death, but as the light bursts upon

us we realize that we are passing through a SUBWAY STATION

far below the city of NEW YORK.


THE WHEELS OF AN EXPRESS TRAIN screech through the station.

JACOB SINGER, sitting alone in the last car, wakes up. The

sounds of the scream and the grating wheels merge. He is

dazed and confused, not certain where he is.

JACOB glances around the empty car. His eyes gravitate to

overhead advertisements for hemorrhoid perparations and

savings banks. Gradually his confusion subsides. Shifting

uncomfortably he pulls a thick book out of his back pocket,

"The Stranger" by Albert Camus. He begins reading. Another

station blurs by.

JACOB is a good-looking man, of obvious intelligence. He is

in his mid-thirties. It is surprising that he is wearing a

mailman's uniform. He doesn't look like one.

The subway ride seems to go on interminably. JACOB is

restless and concerned. He glances at his watch. It is 3:30

A.M. Putting his book in his back pocket, JACOB stands up

and makes his way through the deserted car.


JACOB enters the rumbling passageway between the cars. The

wheels spark against the rails. The dark tunnel walls flash

by. He pulls the handle on the door to the next car. It is

stuck. He struggles with it. A LADY sitting alone inside

turns to look at him. She seems threatened by his effort. He

motions for her to help. She turns away.

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Bruce Joel Rubin

Bruce Joel Rubin is an American screenwriter best known for the supernatural romance Ghost, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1990 psychological thriller Jacob's Ladder. more…

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