Jon Amiel (1993)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This is the Hollywood reworking of the Gérard 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.


An American Civil War veteran returns to his Tennessee home town and put-upon wife, but doubts soon begin to grow about his true identity because of his markedly altered attitude toward her, and searching questions are asked. Romantic drama, starring Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Jon Amiel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence, sex scenes and swearing. Available on: video and DVD