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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 attempting to regain his memory.

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Doug Liman

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Tony Gilroy (screenplay), W. Blake Herron (screenplay) (as William Blake Herron) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Bourne
Franka Potente ... Marie
Chris Cooper ... Conklin
Clive Owen ... The Professor
Brian Cox ... Ward Abbott
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Wombosi
Gabriel Mann ... Zorn
Walton Goggins ... Research Tech
Josh Hamilton ... Research Tech
Julia Stiles ... Nicolette
Orso Maria Guerrini ... Giancarlo (as Orso Maria-Guerrini)
Tim Dutton ... Eamon
Denis Braccini Denis Braccini ... Picot
Nicky Naudé ... Castel (as Nicky Naude)
David Selburg David Selburg ... Marshall
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

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English | French | German | Dutch | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bourne Identity See more »

Filming Locations:

Seine River, Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,118,640, 16 June 2002

Gross USA:

$121,661,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$214,034,224
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Several different endings were considered. One in which all the Treadstone assassins converge on Bourne who is aboard a cargo ship. A pursuit occurs through the hold of the ship. Another ending was considered where Bourne is pursued by assassins on motorbikes with rockets. Lead actor Damon reportedly hated this scripted ending and refers to it as "that damn damn rocket and motorbikes ending." Damon felt the gun-blazing-style ending went against the reality and grit that the earlier parts of the screenplay had set up. See more »

Goofs

When escaping from the safe house Bourne jumps/falls down 5 floors of the building shooting one agent as he falls. He lands on top of the body of another agent before rolling away. getting up and exiting apparently uninjured. This fall would have been at least 15 - 20 meters and Bourne should have been killed or severely injured by the fall. See more »

Quotes

Giancarlo: [Picking up an intricately done knot of rope] What's this? You tie these knots? So it starts to come back, huh?
Jason Bourne: No, it doesn't start to come back. The knot's like everything else, I just found the rope and I did it. The same way I can, I can read, I can write. I can add, subtract. I can make coffee. I can shuffle cards. I can set up a chessboard.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

According to Doug Liman's audio commentary on the American DVD, the European version of the film contains an additional 1:00 scene, which was cut to make the film shorter in the US. It is included among the bonus features on the American DVD and involves Jason and Marie eating with Eamon and his children at their farmhouse. In the scene, Jason makes a connection with Eamon's young son, setting up the scene a few minutes later when Marie finds Jason looking down at the sleeping children. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: The Bourne Thingamajigee (2012) See more »

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Written by Adam Hamilton
Performed by Adam Hamilton
Courtesy of Peer-Southern Productions, Inc.
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Fine little action flick
12 March 2006 | by jadortmunderSee all my reviews

I can sympathize with reviewers who had read the book and were disappointed by this film and the liberties it apparently took with the story. I've had that happen with books I've enjoyed and it can spoil a film you might otherwise have liked. I never read the book, so I was able to appreciate this film on its own merits - slick, tough, fast-paced and refreshingly devoid of the kind of nonsense that has made the Bond films harder and harder to sit through.

I'm especially impressed by the fights, which, as other reviewers have pointed out, are among the most believable martial-arts-based fight scenes ever seen. No big grand gestures or Olympian kicks - just fast, nasty moves designed to inflict maximum damage with minimum effort.

The cast is uniformly good - even Damon, who is no fave of mine, comes across believably as a man who's trained to hold it all in, but isn't sure what it all is that he's holding in. Cooper, Cox and Owen shine in their all-too-brief screen time. Potente is attractive in a real person sort of way (sigh of relief for this genre) and possesses an inner strength that makes her character's actions and reactions ring truer than what we'd get from the traditional Hollywood eye-candy girlfriend these films normally feature.

From the gritty bowels of the trawler, where Damon awakens to his situation, to the field where he confronts his most deadly assailant, the locations are the antithesis of the travel poster hotspots that Bond so frequently visits. Despite its breakneck pace (handled so well by Liman and so poorly in the sequel by his protégé), the film manages to convey a sense of melancholy that lifts it a bit above the average action thriller. Sorry book fans - it may not be your cup of Ludlum, but it's still a damn fine little action flick.


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