Sommersby

  • 12
  • Jon Amiel (1993)
  • US
  • 108 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is the Hollywood reworking of the GĂ©rard Depardieu/Nathalie Baye modern classic The Return of Martin Guerre, and it has to be said that it isn't a patch on the original, either in terms of tension, intelligence or performance. Nevertheless, there's still much to enjoy and engross in the central mystery surrounding the true identity of returning American Civil War veteran Richard Gere, in particular the sensitive playing of the excellent Jodie Foster as his confused "widow". Unfortunately, neither Gere nor co-star Bill Pullman (as an embittered suitor) can hold a candle to Foster in the acting department, and the resolution of the conundrum will not satisfy everybody.

Plot Summary

Period romantic drama starring Richard Gere and Jodie Foster. Two years after the end of the American Civil War, Jack Sommersby returns home to his wife. His personality seems to have changed for the better but as he has been away for seven years, his wife and others set aside their suspicions that he may be an impostor.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jack Sommersby
Richard Gere
Laurel Sommersby
Jodie Foster
Orin Meecham
Bill Pullman
Judge Isaacs
James Earl Jones
Buck
Lanny Flaherty
Reverend Powell
William Windom
Travis
Wendell Wellman
Little Rob
Brett Kelley
Esther
Clarice Taylor
Joseph
Frankie Faison
Dick Mead
R Lee Ermey
Doc Evans
Richard Hamilton
Mrs Evans
Karen Kirschenbauer

Crew

Director
Jon Amiel

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Some violence, sex scenes and swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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