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The Jacket

Film poster
Directed by John Maybury
Produced by George Clooney
Peter Guber
Steven Soderbergh
Written by Massy Tadjedin
Starring Adrien Brody
Keira Knightley
Kris Kristofferson
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Kelly Lynch
Brad Renfro
and Daniel Craig
Music by Brian Eno
Cinematography Peter Deming
Editing by Emma E. Hickox
Distributed by Warner Independent Pictures
Release date(s) March 4, 2005
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28,500,000
Gross revenue $21,126,225 (worldwide)

The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller, directed by John Maybury partly based on the Jack London novel, The Star Rover.[1] Massy Tadjedin wrote the screenplay based on a story by Tom Bleecker and Marc Rocco. The original music score is composed by Brian Eno and the cinematography is by Peter Deming.



After miraculously recovering from a bullet wound to the head, Gulf War veteran Jack Starks (Adrien Brody) returns to Vermont in 1992, suffering from amnesia. Accused of murdering a police officer, he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, and is incarcerated in a mental institution. Starks becomes subject to the experiments of Dr. Thomas Becker (Kris Kristofferson), a psychiatrist. Starks is injected with an experimental drug and put into a straitjacket; he is then locked in a morgue drawer. While in this condition, Jack's mind sends him into the future of late December 2007, where he discovers, amongst other things, that he is destined to die in four days from his first incarceration in the drawer in 1992. While in the future, Starks meets Jackie Price (Keira Knightley), whom he helped in 1992 returning from Vermont. At first, Jackie does not believe Jack's story, but on subsequent trips to the drawer (and the future) she helps him learn how he is to die, in the process becoming attached to him. Jackie learns that Jack dies from head trauma, but visiting the mental institution no one there is able or willing to explain how it happened. With his time running out, Jack writes a letter explaining Jackie's bleak future and gives it to Jackie's mother (who died by burns when she fell unconscious with a cigarette.) On the return trip to the hospital, Jack slips on the ice and hits his head; bleeding profusely, he convinces the hospital workers to put him in the jacket one last time. Jack returns to 2007, where Jackie's mother is still alive and she has a better life. The screen fades to white, and Jackie says "How much time do we have?" and the credits start to roll.



The Jacket shares its title, and the idea of a person experiencing extra-corporeal time-travel while in an intolerably tight straitjacket, with a 1915 novel by Jack London. The novel was published in the United Kingdom as The Jacket and in the United States of America as The Star Rover. Director Maybury has said that the film is "loosely based on a true story that became a Jack London story."[1] (The true story is that of Ed Morrell, who told London about San Quentin prison's inhumane use of tight straitjackets).


The Jacket opened on March 4, 2005, and grossed $2,723,682 on opening weekend, with a peak release of 1,331 theaters in the United States. The film went on to gross $6,303,762 domestically, for a total of $14,822,463 worldwide.[2]

The Jacket garnered mixed reviews on release; the film has a 44% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes,[3] and a 44% average critic rating on the aggregate reviews site Metacritic.[4]


  1. ^ a b Clarke, Donald (May 13, 2005). "Full Mental Jacket". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on December 20, 2009. Retrieved December 20, 2009.   Quotes director Maybury: "'I know you think it is a load of Hollywood nonsense,' he says amiably, 'but it is in fact loosely based a true story that became a Jack London story.'"
  2. ^ "The Jacket (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 20, 2009.  
  3. ^ "The Jacket (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 20, 2009.  
  4. ^ "The Jacket Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 20, 2009.  

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The Jacket is a 2005 psychological thriller film about a military veteran who returns to his native Vermont suffering from bouts of amnesia. It is directed by John Maybury and written by Massy Tadjedin.


Jack Starks

  • The real events that have happened to me have been fucked up, not my mind!
  • I was 27 years old the first time I died. I remember there was white everywhere. There was war and I felt alive, but really I was dead.
  • Sometimes I think we live through things only to be able to say that it happened. That it wasn't to someone else, it was to me. Sometimes we live to beat the odds. I'm not crazy even though they thought I was. I live in the same world as everyone else. I just saw more of it, as I'm sure you have. They'll find my body tomorrow. You can check it out if you don't believe me. I've seen life after my death, and I'm telling you this because it's the only way to help you and your daughter have a better life of your own. Jean, you're gonna pass out one day smoking a cigarette and burn to death. Your daughter grows up living the same life you're living right now. And she misses you so much. Sometimes life can only really begin with the knowledge of death. That it can all end, even when you least want it to. The important thing in life is to believe that while you're alive, it's never too late. I promise you, Jean, no matter how bad things look, they look better awake than they do asleep. When you die, there's only one thing you want to happen. You wanna come back.

Rudy Mackenzie

  • For me... that is a really difficult question Dr. Laurenson, because the world around me is shrinking... and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are comin' to see me today, and they're not bringing flowers which... just makes it real difficult to get organized.


  • Terror has a new name.


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The Jacket
by Rudyard Kipling
From Barrack-Room Ballads (Second Series), 1896.


Through the Plagues of Egyp' we was chasin' Arabi,
   Gettin' down an' shovin' in the sun;
An' you might 'ave called us dirty, an' you might ha' called us dry,
   An' you might 'ave 'eard us talkin' at the gun.
But the Captain 'ad 'is jacket, an' the jacket it was new —
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the wettin' of the jacket is the proper thing to do,
   Nor we didn't keep 'im waitin' very long.

One day they gave us orders for to shell a sand redoubt,
   Loadin' down the axle-arms with case;
But the Captain knew 'is dooty, an' he took the crackers out
   An' he put some proper liquor in its place.
An' the Captain saw the shrapnel, which is six-an'-thirty clear.
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
"Will you draw the weight," sez 'e, "or will you draw the beer?"
   An' we didn't keep 'im waitin' very long.

     For the Captain, etc.

Then we trotted gentle, not to break the bloomin' glass,
   Though the Arabites 'ad all their ranges marked;
But we dursn't 'ardly gallop, for the most was bottled Bass,
   An' we'd dreamed of it since we was disembarked:
So we fired economic with the shells we 'ad in 'and,
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
But the beggars under cover 'ad the impidence to stand,
   An' we couldn't keep 'em waitin' very long.

     And the Captain, etc.

So we finished 'arf the liquor (an' the Captain took champagne),
   An' the Arabites was shootin' all the while;
An' we left our wounded 'appy with the empties on the plain,
   An' we used the bloomin' guns for pro-jec-tile!
We limbered up an' galloped — there were nothin' else to do —
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the Battery came a-boundin' like a boundin' kangaroo,
   But they didn't watch us comin' very long.

     As the Captain, etc.

We was goin' most extended — we was drivin' very fine,
   An' the Arabites were loosin' 'igh an' wide,
Till the Captain took the glassy with a rattlin' right incline,
   An' we dropped upon their 'eads the other side.
Then we give 'em quarter — such as 'adn't up and cut,
   ('Orse Gunners, listen to my song!)
An' the Captain stood a limberful of fizzy — somethin' Brutt,
   But we didn't leave it fizzing very long.

     For the Captain, etc.

We might ha' been court-martialled, but it all come out all right
   When they signalled us to join the main command.
There was every round expended, there was every gunner tight,
   An' the Captain waved a corkscrew in 'is 'and.

     But the Captain 'ad 'is jacket, etc.

PD-icon.svg This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1936, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.


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