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The Return of Martin Guerre (1982)
"Le retour de Martin Guerre" (original title)

 -  Biography | Crime | Drama  -  10 June 1983 (USA)
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In medieval France, some villagers challenge a man's claim of identity when he (as he says) returns home from some time in the army.

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Bertrande de Rols
Maurice Barrier ...
Uncle Pierre Guerre
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Martin Guerre
Isabelle Sadoyan ...
Catherine Boëre
Rose Thiéry ...
Raimonde de Rols
Chantal Deruaz ...
Jeanne
Maurice Jacquemont ...
Judge Rieux
Roger Planchon ...
Jean de Coras
Francis Arnaud
Philippe Babin ...
Jacques
Axel Bogousslavsky
Valérie Chassigneux ...
Guillemette
Neige Dolsky
Adrien Duquesne ...
Sanxi Guerre
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During the middle of the 16th century, Martin Guerre returns to his village in southwestern France, after being away in the war for almost a decade. The villagers who knew him as a young man suspect he is not Martin, but he seems to know all about his friends, his family and his wife, even the most unusual things. Is this man really Martin Guerre? Written by Michel Rudoy <mdrc@hp9000a1.uam.mx>

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In addition to being the real last name of the man whose identity was appropriated in the source history, the French word "guerre" means "war." See more »

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Based on actual events
29 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This isn't a comment on the actual quality of the movie itself, but rather a response to the number of postings which have suggested this movie is not an original concept.

I have some shocking news for you, but there really was a Martin Guerre. His court case in the mid-16th century is well documented in primary sources and this movie attempts to retell this story.

In 1983, historian Natalie Zemon Davis, who incidentally was originally involved with the film as an historical consultant, wrote a well received micro-history on the court case and it's outcome. (The Return of Martin Guerre - published by Harvard University Press, 1983)

This case was thought of as unusual even during the 16th century. So much so, that it became part of French folklore. Earlier Hollywood movies likely tapped into this folklore, when they penned similar stories.

So this film, rather than simply being another in a long line of similar movies, is the first to tackle the "original story". That being said, the movie is not perfect and strays from the facts a great deal. Natalie Zemon Davis, herself, states in her introduction to her book that she was troubled by the film's creative license with history.

Nevertheless, I recommend anyone to see this film yourself and make up your own mind. Better yet, read the book!


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