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Sommersby (1993)

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A farmer's wife begins to suspect that the man in her bed is an impostor after he returns home from the Civil War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lanny Flaherty ...
Little Rob
Reverend Powell
Dick Mead (as Ronald Lee Ermey)
Richard Hamilton ...
Mrs. Evans
Carter McNeese ...
Storekeeper Wilson
Dean Whitworth ...
Tom Clemmons
Stan Kelly ...
John Green


Set in the south of the United States just after the Civil War, Laurel Sommersby is just managing to work the farm without her husband Jack, believed killed in the Civil War. By all accounts, Jack Sommersby was not a pleasant man, thus when he returns, Laurel has mixed emotions. It appears that Jack has changed a great deal, leading some people to believe that this is not actually Jack but an impostor. Laurel herself is unsure, but willing to take the man into her home, and perhaps later into her heart... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 February 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Stranger Within  »

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Box Office


$50,081,992 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original writer Nicholas Meyer walked off the production when Warner Brothers wouldn't let him direct his screenplay. Sarah Kernochan was drafted in to rewrite the script and was somewhat bemused to see that it was an Americanized version of The Return of Martin Guerre (1982). Warners denied this in a rather obvious attempt not to have to buy the remake rights, but Kernochan insisted that they do before continuing as they weren't fooling anyone. Warners eventually relented, and also gave Meyer story credit. See more »


In 1867 the price for Burley Tobacco was $58 per hundredweight, yet in the movie it was sold for $12. See more »


Laurel Sommersby: You are not my husband!
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Referenced in The Dangerous (1995) See more »

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Engaging and well acted, with an intriguing plot twist
12 February 1999 | by (West Frankfort, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"Sommersby" is an intriguing film that keeps the audience barely outside the scenes but close enough to be touched by them. The story, of Jack Sommersby (or so it appears) a changed man after returning to his wife and hometown years after being held captive in the Civil War, was borrowed from the French film "The Return of Martin Guerre." But apparently this one has some new twists.

As we watch this movie, we're not quite sure what to think. The townspeople, his friends, his dog and even his own wife aren't certain this is the man who left for the war. That, and the trial toward the end of the movie, stretches credulity a bit, my minor complaints. But after all, this is the movies, and there is a pretty good story here. A real tear-jerker, for certain.

Jodie Foster and Richard Gere carry this plot well, both putting in what I believe is some of their best work. The direction and cinematography also shine.

In the end, this movie is all about pure love of a man for a woman, in which he literally loves her more than life itself. That may seem a bit hokey, but it's a refreshing and enduring message in an movie age in which a one-night stand passes for a long-term relationship.

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