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Sommersby (1993)

A farmer returns home from the Civil War, but his wife begins to suspect that the man is an impostor.

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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.

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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5 February 1993 (USA)  »

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$50,081,992 (USA)
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The origins of Sommersby began when, Richard Gere and his production company partner Maggie Wilde, began searching for projects which he could be involved in from the beginning and retain some control over. One of the scripts he found was Nicholas Meyer's Sommersby which had recast the sixteenth-century French legend into the era of the American Civil War. Gere discovered that the script was controlled by the co-producers of Pretty Woman, Arnon Milchan and Steven Reuther. He contacted them and it was not long before the production was underway. Gere was to star in the film himself and they chose Jodie Foster as the leading lady. Foster had recently won an Oscar for her role in The Silence Of The Lambs. Bill Pullman and James Earl Jones were also cast as the love interest and courtroom judge respectively. See more »

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

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John Robert 'Jack' Sommersby: Now, do you love me?
Laurel Sommersby: Stop it! You're making me crazy!
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A Bitter Sweet Romance
17 June 2004 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is another one of my favorite Richard Gere movies, this guy is one gifted actor.

This movie is mainly about character study and the love between the two leads Jack Sommersby(Richard Gere)and his wife Laurel(Jodie Foster).

Jack Sommersby comes back from the Civil War seeming to be a changed man(for the better). All the neighbors and especially Laurel want the change to be real, so they just believe it whether it's true or not. Lets face it most people have probably at one time or another done the same thing, I know I have.

Later Jack is arrested for murder and the real question is asked. Is he or is he not Jack Sommersby?

The love that Jack(Richard)and Laurel(Jodie)have for each other is very important because it comes into play during the trial and at the ending of the movie. The ending of this movie was the only proper way to end it for the characters involved.

Richard Gere is a master when it comes to showing tenderness, sensitivity and compassion on screen. It was good to see these two actors Jodie Foster and Richard Gere playing the lead rolls, they complemented each other.

This is a beautifully written love story and a real tear jerker. I rate this movie a 10.


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