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.

A look of disgust crosses JACOB's face. He kicks the door.

It slides open. The WOMAN seems frightened as he approaches



Excuse me, do you know if we've

passed Nostrand Avenue yet?

(she doesn't answer)

Excuse me.

(she does not

acknowledge his


Look, I'm asking a simple question.

Have we hit Nostrand Avenue? I fell



(speaking with a Puerto

Rican accent)

I no from around here.


(glad for a response)

Yeah, you and everyone else.

JACOB walks to the other end of the car and sits down. The

only other passenger is an OLD MAN lying asleep on the

fiberglass bench. Occasionally his body shudders. It is the

only sign of life in him.

The train begins to slow down. JACOB peers out of the

window. Nostrand Avenue signs appear. He is relieved. He

gets up and grabs hold of the overhead bar.

The OLD MAN shudders and stretches out on the seat. As he

adjusts his position, tugging at his coat, JACOB catches a

brief glimpse of something protruding from beneath the

coat's hem. His eyes fixate on the spot, waiting for another

look. There is a slight movement and it appears - a long,

red, fleshy protuberance. The sight of it sends shivers up

JACOB's spine. It looks strangely like a tail. Only the

stopping of the train breaks JACOB's stare.


JACOB is the only passenger getting off. The doors close

quickly behind him. He glances at the LADY sitting by the

window. There is a fearful expression on her face as the

train carries her back into the dark tunnel, out of his


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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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