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The Bourne Identity 

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1988)
An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Chamberlain ...  Jason Bourne 2 episodes, 1988
Jaclyn Smith ...  Marie St. Jacques 2 episodes, 1988
Anthony Quayle ...  Gen. François Villiers 2 episodes, 1988
Donald Moffat ...  David Abbott 2 episodes, 1988
Yorgo Voyagis ...  Carlos 2 episodes, 1988
Peter Vaughan ...  Fritz Koenig 2 episodes, 1988
Denholm Elliott ...  Dr. Geoffrey Washburn 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Habeck ...  The Fat Man 2 episodes, 1988
Wolf Kahler ...  Gold Glasses 2 episodes, 1988
Philip Madoc ...  D'Armacourt 2 episodes, 1988
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ...  Chernak 2 episodes, 1988
Franziskus Abgottspon Franziskus Abgottspon ...  Zurich cabbie #2 2 episodes, 1988
Frederick Bartman Frederick Bartman ...  Man in bank lobby 2 episodes, 1988
John Carlin John Carlin ...  Stossel 2 episodes, 1988
George Lane Cooper George Lane Cooper ...  Gigantic Man 2 episodes, 1988
Otto Dornbierer Otto Dornbierer ...  Boarding house manager 2 episodes, 1988
Freddie Earlle ...  The Beggar 2 episodes, 1988
John Harding John Harding ...  BBC TV newsman 2 episodes, 1988
Kate Howard Kate Howard ...  Angelique 2 episodes, 1988
Leslie Lai Leslie Lai ...  Vietnamese wife 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Mellinger ...  Bertinelli 2 episodes, 1988
Wayne Michaels Wayne Michaels ...  Man in elevator 2 episodes, 1988
Jürgen Pruschanski Jürgen Pruschanski ...  Zurich cabbie #1 2 episodes, 1988
Terry Richards ...  Johann 2 episodes, 1988
William Roberts William Roberts ...  Peter 2 episodes, 1988
Cyril Shaps ...  Apfel 2 episodes, 1988
Rand Takeuchi Rand Takeuchi ...  Vietnamese boy 2 episodes, 1988
Roger Tebb Roger Tebb ...  Blonde man 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce Boa ...  Sen. Crawford 2 episodes, 1988
James Faulkner ...  D'Anjou 2 episodes, 1988
James Laurenson ...  Gillette 2 episodes, 1988
Jacqueline Pearce ...  Madame Jacqui 2 episodes, 1988
Shane Rimmer ...  Gen. Conklin 2 episodes, 1988
Michael Anthony Michael Anthony ...  French priest 2 episodes, 1988
Robert Arden ...  Stevens 2 episodes, 1988
Marianne Borgo Marianne Borgo ...  Boutique receptionist 2 episodes, 1988
David Michael Clarke David Michael Clarke ...  Carl 2 episodes, 1988
Joseph Frost Joseph Frost ...  Young David Webb 2 episodes, 1988
Leon Herbert ...  New York cabbie 2 episodes, 1988
Fabreice Houg Fabreice Houg ...  Paris cabbie 2 episodes, 1988
Raymond Johnson Raymond Johnson ...  Abbott's driver 2 episodes, 1988
Robert MacLeod Robert MacLeod ...  Yachtsman 2 episodes, 1988
Sylvia Marriott ...  Meg 2 episodes, 1988
Ted Maynard Ted Maynard ...  Dugan 2 episodes, 1988
James Walker James Walker ...  Chef 2 episodes, 1988
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An unconscious man is washed ashore on the beach of a small French village during a heavy storm. A retired doctor takes care of the unconscious stranger. When the mysterious man recovers, he can't remember a thing. He does not know his name, he does not know where his flashback memories come from, and he does not know why the access code for an anonymous Swiss bank account is implanted in his thigh. As he seeks his own identity, things quickly become dangerous. There are attempts to kill him, he is well known in first class hotels across Europe, and worst of all, there are strange similarities between his memories and reported actions of the notorious terrorist, Carlos the Jackal. Written by Alto Speckhardt <Alto.Speckhardt@student.uni-ulm.de>

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Nach dem Bestseller von Robert Ludlum, dem Meister des internationalen Spionagethrillers. [Germany] See more »


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USA

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English | French | German

Release Date:

8 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bourne Identity See more »

Filming Locations:

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Abbott (Donald Moffat) says that Interpol had been trying to catch Carlos for twenty years. In fact, the real Carlos was born in 1949, and did not become a terrorist until 1970, at age twenty-one, when he joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (P.F.L.P.). Therefore, if Interpol had been trying to catch him for twenty years in 1987 (when the movie was in production), they would have been trying to catch him before he was known to the world. In actuality, he was not known until his first successful bombing, in France, 1975, just twelve years prior to production. See more »

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When Bourne shoots a man on the steps when he's trying to meet up with D'Anjou, you can see wires leading to his 'bullet wounds' See more »

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Geoffrey Washburn: What's your name? Where do you live? I need to know where to send my outrageous bill.
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Faithful Adaptation
8 October 2004 | by vox-saneSee all my reviews

"The Bourne Identity" (1988) is a faithful recreation of Robert Ludlum's book about an amnesiac slowly (in a very long book) discovering who he is. The supporting cast is dotted with veterans that make the movie come to life during their brief parts: Denholm Elliott, Anthony Quayle, Peter Vaughan, James Faulkner.

The stars strain to carry the movie. Jaclyn Smith is immensely watchable, though her range is limited. Richard Chamberlain is a fine actor, but, perhaps because of insufficient rehearsal time or because he was never able to find a character who didn't know who he was, he comes off with the range of Bill Bixby, though that keeps him from burying Smith. In the end, Chamberlain may be much too nice for the character, but he's a likable actor and she's a likable actress and they make a pretty pair.

Because it was originally a two-part television drama, the 1988 "Bourne" has sufficient time to let the story unfold, as well as to build the unlikely relationship between Chamberlain's character and Smith's. It also gives the supporting characters flesh out their meager parts. After a slam-bang first hour, the movie settles into a more leisurely pace (that occasionally drags), that builds again into an exciting final hour.

The possible overplotting, as well as the outright absurdities (such as the truth of Treadstone 21) are squarely to be laid at Ludlum's door. And though it's quite faithful to Ludlum, the setting of the climax makes this movie version far more poignant than Ludlum himself was capable of.

"The Bourne Identity" has the technology of '80s television, so newcomers shouldn't expect contemporary sensibilities. It may not be as exciting as the remake, but it has a solid storyline.


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