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Best portrayal of a chiropractor in film

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For those who haven’t seen Jacob’s Ladder, it’s a mystery/thriller released in 1990 starring Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who starts seeing some unusual things around New York City. In addition to that, he apparently keeps moving back and forth between two different current realities as well as flashing back to his experience in Vietnam. All of this may or may not be due to his exposure to some shady government research going on during the war.

One of the heroes of the movie is Tim Robbins chiropractor, played by Danny Aiello. His office is Robbins only refuge from the nightmare unfolding around him. In one memorable scene , the chiropractor has to rescue Robbins from the hospital after he suffers an acute lower back episode.

An excellent film and a must see for it’s accurate on-screen portrayal of a chiropractor going about the business of adjusting a patient.
Caution: this film contains frightening scenes and is not suitable for young children.

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  1. chris knapp May 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    i saw this movie as a young chiropractor and i was stoked for about two weeks afterwards.

  2. chiropractor James Devine DC November 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Let’s face it — this isn’t a fun movie. It’s bleak, depressing, disturbing, and ends on the darkest possible note. But it’s also made with absolutely consummate skill and complete assurance in the material. This wasn’t a hatchet job, but a real piece of art, and it needs to be seen in that light.

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