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The Bourne Identity (1988)

TV Mini-Series  |  Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama
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A 1988 television adaptation of Robert Ludlum's thriller. An injured, unconscious man (Richard Chamberlain) washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him. Jaclyn Smith co-stars.

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An unconscious man is washed ashore on the beach of a small French village during a heavy storm. A retired doctor takes care of the unconscious stranger. When the mysterious man recovers, he can't remember a thing...he does not know his name, he does not know where his flashback memories come from, and he does not know why the access code for an anonymous Swiss bank account is implanted in his thigh. As he seeks his own identity, things quickly become dangerous. There are attempts to kill him, he is well known in first class hotels across Europe, and worst of all, there are strange similarities between his memories and reported actions of the notorious terrorist, Carlos the Jackal. Written by Alto Speckhardt <Alto.Speckhardt@student.uni-ulm.de>

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Robert Ludlum, a nemzetközi kémtörténetek mesterének könyve alapján [Hungary] See more »


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Release Date:

8 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bourne rejtély  »

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The microfiche embedded under Bourne's skin and read by the doctor has the following "GEMEINSCHAFT BANK ZURICH". See more »


As Bourne tries to shoot Carlos at the church, he fires a total of 9 shots out of a 5-shot revolver.(5 shots at the car, then 2 at the guard and than 2 more as he chases the car). See more »


Jason Bourne: Whatever you're getting paid, I'll double it. You were at the bank, you know I can do it.
Gold Glasses: I wouldn't touch your money.
Jason Bourne: Money's money. Why not?
Gold Glasses: Are you serious? Wealth is relative to the time we have to enjoy it. I wouldn't last five minutes.
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Referenced in The Porne Ultimatum (2008) See more »

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I liked it!
31 May 2004 | by (Sarajevo, Bosnia) – See all my reviews

I agree that the movie is a bit old, and I haven't read the book so I can't say if it's better. But I like it more than a newer, Matt Damon, version because it has a more interesting plot, and an intriguing ending.

The acting is good and the characters are well developed. The only thing I liked better in the new Bourne Identity is that the martial arts are phenomenal and the action scenes very intense, but everything else is better in the older one.

All in all it is a very good thriller with some corny scenes here and there, but it'll provide you with much suspense and an interesting ending that you would never expect.

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