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The Bourne Identity (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Thriller | 14 June 2002 (USA)
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A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia, before racing to elude assassins and regain his memory.



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Based very loosely on Robert Ludlum's novel, the Bourne Identity is the story of a man whose wounded body is discovered by fishermen who nurse him back to health. He can remember nothing and begins to try to rebuild his memory based on clues such as a Swiss bank account, the number of which is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is - and why he is being hunted. Written by Peet

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Identidad desconocida  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,118,640 (USA) (14 June 2002)


$121,468,960 (USA) (8 November 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As of 2014 this is the only film in the Bourne series with any resemblance to the plot of the book it's purportedly based on, and it's a very loose adaptation. All other movies in the series are original screenplays that use only the titles of novels by Robert Ludlum and/or Eric Van Lustbader. See more »


When the Professor is shooting at Bourne at the farmhouse, his first shots are on full auto, clearly audible. But the selector is set to single fire and the auto lock is on, seen in a sideways shot (the white circle behind the selector). You need to open the rifle up to unlock the auto switch, otherwise the selector is locked to safe or single. See more »


Nicolette: He killed our man.
Conklin: What, in the apartment?
Nicolette: Yeah.
Conklin: Well, you got to clean that up.
Nicolette: No, I can't clean it up; there's a body in the streets.
Conklin: So?
Nicolette: There's police. This is Paris.
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Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)
Written by Philippe Cohen Solal, Christophe H. Muller, Eduardo Makaroff
Performed by Gotan Project
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Fine little action flick
12 March 2006 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I can sympathize with reviewers who had read the book and were disappointed by this film and the liberties it apparently took with the story. I've had that happen with books I've enjoyed and it can spoil a film you might otherwise have liked. I never read the book, so I was able to appreciate this film on its own merits - slick, tough, fast-paced and refreshingly devoid of the kind of nonsense that has made the Bond films harder and harder to sit through.

I'm especially impressed by the fights, which, as other reviewers have pointed out, are among the most believable martial-arts-based fight scenes ever seen. No big grand gestures or Olympian kicks - just fast, nasty moves designed to inflict maximum damage with minimum effort.

The cast is uniformly good - even Damon, who is no fave of mine, comes across believably as a man who's trained to hold it all in, but isn't sure what it all is that he's holding in. Cooper, Cox and Owen shine in their all-too-brief screen time. Potente is attractive in a real person sort of way (sigh of relief for this genre) and possesses an inner strength that makes her character's actions and reactions ring truer than what we'd get from the traditional Hollywood eye-candy girlfriend these films normally feature.

From the gritty bowels of the trawler, where Damon awakens to his situation, to the field where he confronts his most deadly assailant, the locations are the antithesis of the travel poster hotspots that Bond so frequently visits. Despite its breakneck pace (handled so well by Liman and so poorly in the sequel by his protégé), the film manages to convey a sense of melancholy that lifts it a bit above the average action thriller. Sorry book fans - it may not be your cup of Ludlum, but it's still a damn fine little action flick.

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