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Story

Based on the French film, The Return of Martin Guerre (which itself was based on a famous court case), this 1993 film by director Jon Amiel recasts the same essential story in post-Civil War Tennessee, in a dirt-poor town suffering the effects of the South's loss. Jodie Foster plays Laurel Sommersby, a widow whose husband died in the Civil War--or so everyone thinks. Then one day, Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) strolls back into town and back into Laurel's bed--but he's a changed man. Gone is the selfish, nasty individual no one much liked. In his place is a friendly, sensitive, and resourceful new Jack who not only rekindles the long-dead fire of his marriage, but revives the entire town. Except for one small catch: He may not actually be Jack Sommersby at all. Beautifully shot by Amiel (with a great assist from cameraman Philippe Rousselot) from a script by Nicholas Meyer and Sarah Kernochan, the film features a sturdy, even flinty performance by Foster and a beguiling one by Gere. Though the ending will squeeze the tear ducts, the film earns those tears. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Richard GereJohn Robert 'Jack' Sommersby
Jodie FosterLaurel Sommersby
Bill PullmanOrin Meecham
James Earl JonesJudge Barry Conrad Issacs
William WindomReverend Powell
Wendell WellmanTravis
Brett KelleyLittle Rob
Clarice TaylorEsther
Frankie FaisonJoseph
R. Lee ErmeyDick Mead
Maury ChaykinLawyer Dawson

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Jon Amiel
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1, Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 5, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 21, 1999
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