Under Jakobs Ladder

DVD Release: September 1, 2012
Under Jakobs Ladder


Based on a true story, “Under Jakob’s Ladder” takes place in the Soviet Union during 1938. Jakob (played by British actor Jeff Stewart), a former teacher who lost his job due to the new Communist system, can only stand by and watch as the world around him slowly disintegrates, with fear and suspicion ruling the day. Like most of the men in his village, he soon finds himself in a Soviet prison. But it is there that he discovers that the freedom he craves might actually be found within the walls of his cell.

Dove Review

This is a movie which focuses on faith. Based in 1938 in the Soviet Union, Jakob (Jeff Stewart) is a former teacher who loses his job and winds up in prison for his faith. He is physically and verbally abused for his belief in God. Several prisoners come up with a plan as they remember Jakob’s ladder in the Bible and decide to use this idea in a unique way to escape prison.

The themes include perseverance, keeping one’s faith during trials, and family devotion. The story is a bit depressing at times but shows what one man can do and the difference he can make by keeping his faith. We are happy to award our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus to this DVD.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: Name calling, "Fat man"; H (as a place)-1
Violence: Solider knocks object out of boy's hand; a prisoner says he would like to get his hands around a man's neck; gun shot heard and man is shot in head although not seen; man throws sand at man in anger; two men fight; man cuts his own hand on purpose and blood is seen dripping on floor; fight breaks out among prisoners; every piece a man loses in chess he pays the price by being struck by a guard; man is shot trying to escape and dead man is shown slumped over a tree; man jumps a man and they fight; man grabs older man in anger.
Drugs: Man drinks alcohol as he is rewarded with a bottle of vodka every time he turns in someone to the prison and this includes his own son.
Nudity: None
Other: A burial; a soldier takes man away for praying at a funeral; a man says he hates God for allowing him to be in prison; man dies in prison and his daughter grieves.


Company: Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Director: Mann Munoz
Producer: Roberto Munoz
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter