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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 the 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 ibjsm

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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14 June 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,874,565 (Japan) (28 February 2003)

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Did You Know?


Judy Parfitt appears as a psychologist in a deleted scene on the DVD edition. She is not in the feature film. See more »


When Jason opens the safety deposit box, there is a watch that indicates its 5:00 in the upper tray. When he goes to remove the upper tray the watch has disappeared. See more »


Jason Bourne: You move, you die.
Conklin: Bourne.
Jason Bourne: Gun down.
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Crazy Credits

A thunderstorm sounds in the background of the Universal logo. See more »


References The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996) See more »


Tous Les Bateaux, Tous Les Oiseaux
Written by Jean-Loupe Dabadie, Paul De Senneville
Performed by Claudia Polley
Courtesy of Delphine Productions S.A.
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What a Spy Movie Should Be Like These Days
11 December 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

James Bond and Ethan Hunt take notice. "The Bourne Identity" is my new standard for contemporary spy thrillers. Gone (or almost gone) are the special effects that James and Ethan rely on all too heavily. Hell, in those franchises the special effects have virtually replaced story and characters. "The Bourne Identity" has a very straightforward story to tell, a mystery that slowly unravels. Spycraft is not all about technical gizmos, but requires human brains and human brawn (and a fair amount of gunplay and car chases).

Set in various locales in Switzerland and France during the winter much of the visuals for "The Bourne Identity" are gray and damp. That's a plus, Monte Carlo and like locales can get boring. Mat Damon is great as Jason Bourne, fished from the Mediterranean mostly dead by gunshot wounds. A total amnesiac, he slowly realizes that he possesses the deadly skills of a well-trained assassin, and that someone is out to kill him. Franka Potente is equally good as the young woman swept up in his life and forced to run with him. Run or be killed.

I can't say enough good things about this movie. Doug Limon, thanks, you did a great job.

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