False Identity (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  8 June 1990 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 73 users  
Reviews: 2 user

When Rachel, a radio personality, discovers a Purple Heart at a garage sale she decides to find out its history. She finds that the medal belonged to a man named Harlan Erickson, a long-lost brother of the town's leading citizen.


0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This family drama examines a controlling mother through the eyes of her three deflated children, each of whom has sought therapy for the grief she's put them through

Director: Shimon Dotan
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Plummer, Ted Levine
The Squeeze (1977)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A gang kidnaps a women and her daughter to extort money from her rich husband. He and her down on his luck ex-husband who's an ex cop, decide to try to deal with the kidnappers themselves.

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Stacy Keach, David Hemmings, Edward Fox
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Stacy Keach, Susan Tyrrell, Tisha Sterling
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune
Stars: Stephen Fulford, Stephen Papps, Paul Gittins
Butterfly (1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Orson Welles, as judge Rauch, holds a lengthy trial against Jess Tyler, a caretaker deserted by his wife ten years before, who's accused of improper relations with his daughter Kady. ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Cimber
Stars: Stacy Keach, Pia Zadora, Orson Welles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

It started as a friendly meeting between 4 old buddies with their basketball coach and ended up in revealing the truth about their relationship. The meeting forces the five men to reveal ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Miller
Stars: Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, Robert Mitchum
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a catatonic episode on a railway station platform, Jacob Horner is taken to "The Farm", a bizarre insane asylum run by Doctor D. After being cured, Jacob takes a job as an English ... See full summary »

Director: Aram Avakian
Stars: Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin, Dorothy Tristan
Far from Home (1989)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A teenage girl and her father driving cross-country become stranded when their car runs out of gas in a remote Nevada desert town and they're forced to stay in a dilapidated trailer park where a serial killer lurks.

Director: Meiert Avis
Stars: Matt Frewer, Drew Barrymore, Richard Masur
Finding Home (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Inheriting her grandmother's remote island Inn causes Amanda to re-evaluate her life and decisions.

Director: Lawrence David Foldes
Stars: Lisa Brenner, Misha Collins, Geneviève Bujold
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

15-year-old Natalie, confused to begin with, finds out about her father's affair with one of his students. Refusing to simply stand by and watch her family disintegrate, Natalie takes it ... See full summary »

Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Stars: Linda Hamilton, Eugene Levy, Majandra Delfino
Milena (1991)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Prague, 1920. Milena's father wants her to follow in his footsteps and be one of the first female doctors in Czechoslovakia, but she is determined to be a writer. She elopes to Vienna with ... See full summary »

Director: Véra Belmont
Stars: Valérie Kaprisky, Stacy Keach, Gudrun Landgrebe
Two Solitudes (1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of the problems caused by what became known as the Conscripton Crisis in 1917 Canada, which threatened to divide the country.

Director: Lionel Chetwynd
Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Stacy Keach, Gloria Carlin


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Driscoll / Harlan Errickson
Rachel Roux
Marshall Errickson
Vera Errickson
Mimi Maynard ...
Chad Erickson
Anne Bloom ...
Tom McFadden ...
Sheriff (as Thom McFadden)
Frank Calovich
Angela Errickson
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Irving Campbell
Robert Fredrickson ...
Ralph Murphy
Cindy Roger


When Rachel, a radio personality, discovers a Purple Heart at a garage sale she decides to find out its history. She finds that the medal belonged to a man named Harlan Erickson, a long-lost brother of the town's leading citizen.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

amnesia | independent film | See All (2) »


Some secrets are better off buried. Some people are better off dead. See more »


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 June 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Evil Blood  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Geneviève Bujold played another radio personality in Choose Me (1984), with scenes shot at the same station, KPFK-FM, used as a location here. Director James Keach acted in Love Letters (1983), which also used KPFK as a location. See more »


Never Ending Circle
Written by 'Phillip Douglas'
Performed by 'Prentis Goodwin'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Intriguing Amnesia Thriller
10 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is always fascinating seeing what filmmakers will do with identity themes, such as when people entirely forget who they are. Amnesia stories are usually very absorbing. In most cases, amnesia is a transitory state which lasts for a relatively short while, but here we have a lead character played by Stacy Keach who has had such serious brain damage that his amnesic state has persisted for 17 years, during which time he has been locked up in prison for crimes he did not commit, and the story commences with his being let out. He has no idea who he really is, but he does realize that the identity under which he was convicted must be a false one. It is ironical that this film largely takes place in Lexington, California, a ghost town in Santa Clara County which is now covered by the Lexington Reservoir. For Keach himself plays a living ghost. He does this very well, and finds it easy to look puzzled and confused. The female lead is played by Geneviève Bujold when she was young and very cute. In this film she speaks slowly and strangely, as if she were on medication at the time, or perhaps because she was struggling to control an accent. Also, Bujold plays a radio announcer in the small town of Lexington with such lack of energy that surely no radio station would have tolerated such a limp announcer for more than a day. (Having once been a radio announcer, I am well aware of what is required.) That is therefore the least convincing aspect of the film. Apart from her slow speech and her wholly inadequate radio talent, Bujold is very good. She relates well to Keach, and their eventual involvement is believable. The film is directed by Stacy Keach's brother James Keach, and the supporting cast and crew lists are peppered with minor Keaches and also James's wife at the time, Mimi Maynard. Those intrigued by the surname Keach might be interested to know that the word 'queach', from which it may be derived, had the meaning in Middle English of a woody thicket. In his famous translation of Ovid's Metamorphoses in the sixteenth century, Arthur Golding speaks of a 'bushie queach'. I suppose a bushy queach might be Stacy with a beard? Well, just a thought. So the one thing that 'Queach' remembered in prison was the name Lexington, though not sure of which state. One of his con friends suggests a visit to Lexington, California, which is the nearest of the Lexingtons, just to see if it stirs any memories. The way the story then unfolds is not at all typical of the way things work in California, so the story must originally have been formulated to take place in a small Southern or Midwestern town, and they switched it to California for budget reasons. The film is adequately directed by James Queach, but there are some really bad shots, where people are obscured by objects or other sloppy things like that happen. Was this because (a) the cameraman was incompetent, (b) there was no money for retakes, or (3) the director was not doing his job properly? I think the cameraman has to take the fall. It turns out that Stacy's character really did come from Lexington, and that his evil younger brother, played with sinister conviction by Tobin Bell as a jealous, domineering psychopath, was behind the whole dastardly business (which is too complicated to explain in a review). Veronica Cartwright gets a chance to do some histrionic over the top drinking and sobbing and carrying on as the evil brother's wife. Will the evil brother be brought to justice? Or will all the bribed sheriffs and deputies of the town continue their reign of murder and mayhem, enslaved to the evil brother's dominance, power and money? (At one point in the film he actually says: 'I've got the money, I've got the power.') Can Stacy get his identity back? Or will the evil brother kill him first? Will good triumph over evil or evil triumph over good? 97 minutes to find out. And yes, this film is only available on a 20 year-old video, with the sound quality deteriorating on the dirty old tapes as the years go by. What is going to happen to all these currently obscure post-1960 movies which are not famous films with major stars, are not yet 'old movies' in the trendy sense, and are not yet being preserved properly or in any form of circulation? There are hundreds of them out there and nobody cares. By the time another generation comes along and values them, many will have been lost.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Veronica Cartwright to appear at Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention filmnoirfugitive
Discuss False Identity (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: