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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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Cast

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 ...  Abbott's driver 2 episodes, 1988
Robert MacLeod Robert MacLeod ...  Yachtsman 2 episodes, 1988
Sylvia Marriott 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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Basada en el bestseller del espionaje Robert Ludlam. [Spain] See more »


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USA

Language:

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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Mono | Stereo (remix for video release)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The microfiche embedded under Bourne's skin and read by the doctor has the following "GEMEINSCHAFT BANK ZURICH 0.7.17.0.12.14.26.0". See more »

Goofs

When Bourne rescues Marie, he fires what is supposed to be a silenced pistol at the man who was trying to rape her, but the sound is clearly from a gun without a silencer/suppressor. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey Washburn: What's your name? Where do you live? I need to know where to send my outrageous bill.
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Referenced in Escape Room (2019) See more »

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Nailbiting spy thriller
9 June 2009 | by jamiecostelo58See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this I must admit, but I can't help but wonder why it wasn't made for the big screen instead of being shown on television. What makes this Bourne Identity completely nonidentical to the 2002 theatrical release is that Richard Chamberlain's character is totally in line with Robert Ludlum's book. The big screen version may have featured more dramatic car chase sequences and fighting scenes etc, but it just seemed to focus away from the original plot.

Richard Chamberlain performs Bourne to a very high standard - with strong performances from the supporting cast - and makes the role his own. Primarily, I watched The Bourne Identity just to see Jaclyn Smith if I'm honest; I've always been a fan of Jaclyn, and she gives out a believable performance as Marie St. Jacques. This movie in no doubt sealed Jaclyn's crown as the "Queen of mini-series".

I don't think film and TV buffs should be put off by the film's three hour length; the plot and any questions that may arise when viewing The Bourne Identity are answered extremely thoroughly come the end of the film, and should not disappoint fans of espionage/spy thrillers. It was a great effort from all concerned, certainly strengthened thanks to the wonderful imagery and intrigue of the many different cities involved. 7/10


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