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The Bourne Identity 

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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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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Storyline

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:

Agent ohne Namen See more »

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Mono | Stereo (remix for video release)

Color:

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 shoots buckshot at a gas tank from fifty meters/yards, buckshot from that distance would not make a gas tank combust (it probably won't even make a dent), and lead pellets do not spark when they hit cast iron. 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 Resident Evil (2002) See more »

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Entertaining
5 September 2002 | by centralbeerangiSee all my reviews

In light of its recent availability on tape and DVD (circa Sept 2002) and this year's film version there is likely to be some curiosity among movie fans about the merits of this tv movie. Here is my opinion on whether you should spend 3hours on this movie.

If you can get past Chamberlain as the hero of Ludlum's complex thriller, you will certainly enjoy the movie. The script adaptation by Carol Sobieski is very faithful to the book and it takes time to develop the romantic relationship between Bourne and Marie (a relationship that is key to the plot and to the book's sequels). Although this might discourage action fans, the complexity of the plot and the manner by which the script unfolds it, is in my opinion, very well done. The music score by Laurence Rosenthal is especially good and is not the usual tv film drek. The score is alternately eerie, menacing and moody and suitably atmospheric. The European locations are well shot by camera ace Tony Pierce-Roberts. The film looks good. The acting by a great team of seasoned pros is uniformly good (not a ham in sight!)

Some might find the key plot device---the chase for carlos---anachronistic but i think it resonates well even today when there is no shortage of villains to chase on the global stage. So savor the 188 minutes of exciting complex talespinning by an A-Team of technical crew and seasoned actors.

Incidentally the romance is largely thrown away in the 2002 film. In that version, the female lead does not figure in the development of the plot beyond acting as a device to get the hero from point A to point B. I found the intimacy depicted in the 2002 film to be rather shallow. And the film itself despite some substantial thrills and modern violence is largely unsatisfying as a result in comparison to this tv film. For a good example of excellent balance of romance and action watch how Peter Jackson (of Lord of the rings movie fame) develops the romance between Michael Fox and Trini Alvarado in the Frighteners.


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