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Sommersby (1993)

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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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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sensuality | See all certifications »

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5 February 1993 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,104,624, 7 February 1993, Wide Release

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$50,081,992

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,100,000
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2.35 : 1
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Sommersby is the first motion picture allowed to shoot in the George Washington National Forest. Not one hole could be dug by the construction crew without an accredited archaeologist being present to look for remains of habitation that might date back over 9,000 years. 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 »

Quotes

Doc Evans: [Laurel is pregnant] I told you to use the fertilizer in the fields, Jack.
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Remake of The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) See more »

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Is He Or Isn't He
19 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

For the most part I found this movie to be nothing more than a routine movie about a man who may not be who he claims to be. But then, somehow, the last twenty minutes or so struck a chord with me and made the whole thing worthwhile.

Richard Gere plays Jack Sommersby (or does he?), a Confederate veteran of the Civil War who returns home after several years in a Federal prison camp. He is accepted by the townsfolk and by his wife, but he is a changed man (war could do that) and suspicions begin to rise. Ultimately, the question of his true identity becomes a life and death issue when he faces trial for murder. Is it or is it not a case of mistaken identity?

Richard Gere handled this role superbly. I was very impressed with him. I was less impressed with Jodie Foster, who seemed terribly miscast to me. Be warned: this is not a fast-paced movie, and it sometimes bogs down, but it manages to hold its own. Not a classic by any means, but worth a look-see.

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