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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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He was the perfect weapon until he became the target. See more »

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)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


During the close quarter fight at the consulate, the cap falls from the Marine's head three times: when Jason twists and locks his arm, when he parries his baton and finally when Jason pushes him back. See more »


Jason Bourne: [talking to Conklin] I told you to come alone, but I guess that was too hard. So try this - I'm gone.
[hangs up cell phone]
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Crazy Credits

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Qu'est-ce Qui Passe Dans Mon Coeur
Written by Yves Dessca, Aldo Frank
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Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

Classy entertainment
24 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Maybe its me, but it gives me a familiar feeling when I see a guy in a turtleneck sweater, an overcoat and a rifle. I know its a cliche, but why would this movie re-invent the medium anyway?

I also like car chases through foreign cities, passports and accents. So with all that intact, I liked 'The Bourne Identity' very much. It has all the elements of the genre. You know what you're getting and you get what you want.

There is no point in going over the plot. It gets confusing about 3/4 in but it does not matter that much. Its fun for two hours and that's it.

I have been a huge fan of Franka Potente since becoming mildly obsessed with 'Run Lola Run' and she does not disappoint. She has some real chemistry with Matt Damon and has a very sweet, inviting way about her. She is not traditional leading actress material, thank God, and I credit the producers for hiring her. Even more so when you realize that Julia Stiles has a small part in this movie. I am sure someone wanted a bigger 'name' to be Matt's female lead and it might have occured to more than one exec to switch Franka and Julia, but obviously I am glad that did not happen.

Clive Owen adds another strong performance to his resume. He has only one big scene, really, but makes the most of it. Chris Cooper and Brian Cox are known for their sturdy work and they also deliver here.

Excellent, summertime entertainment. 8/10.

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