Sommersby (1993)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  5 February 1993 (USA)
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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:
Orin Meecham
Judge Barry Conrad Issacs
Lanny Flaherty ...
Reverend Powell
Little Rob
Dick Mead
Richard Hamilton ...
Mrs. Evans
Carter McNeese ...
Storekeeper Wilson
Dean Whitworth ...
Tom Clemmons


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 <>

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


Drama | Mystery | Romance

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sommersby is based on the French film The Return of Martin Guerre which in turn is based on the true story of Martin Guerre. See more »


The fiddle being played at the homecoming dance is fitted with a chin piece, which was not used until the 20th century. See more »


John Robert 'Jack' Sommersby: Now, do you love me?
Laurel Sommersby: Stop it! You're making me crazy!
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Referenced in The Dangerous (1995) See more »

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Jodie Foster superb as always, the rest so-so!
8 May 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Oh what a gorgeous woman.. (repeat until tongue seizes!).

This movie is OK, but, the screen lights up at Miss Fosters performance and presence.

Previously I didn't think twice about Miss Fosters appeal other than as a top drawer actress. But now I think differently.

Now all I need is for Miss Foster to take another feminine role, in a film with a good story and I'll die happy.

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