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The Bourne Identity (2002)

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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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Rated PG-13 for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

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USA | Germany | Czech Republic

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English | French | German | Dutch | Italian

Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Identidad desconocida 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$121,661,683

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$214,034,224
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

At Doug Liman's instruction, screenwriter Tony Gilroy did not read the "Bourne Identity" novel; instead, he worked solely from an outline prepared by Liman. See more »

Goofs

At the consulate sequence in Zürich, when Jason escapes via the fire escape platform by going under it and clinging to the side of the building, he basically clears most of the previously undisturbed snow off the platform. However, when the marine arrives moments later, the platform is again covered with undisturbed snow as it was before Jason arrived at the platform. See more »

Quotes

Jason Bourne: You move, you die.
Conklin: Bourne.
Jason Bourne: Gun down.
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Hooray for decent, more realistic spy films!
17 March 2003 | by SleelSee all my reviews

I have grown extremely tired of the typical formula spy film like Bond, or the juvenile stunt exhibition "Triple X." There have been a bare handful of spy films that feature relatively realistic spy thrillers, especially recently with a concentration on spectacular movies that have less substance than cotton candy.

Besides "The Bourne Identity," "Ronin" is the only other recent spy movie I can think of that didn't feature skydiving, bungie jumping, skiing downhill while shooting innumerable bad guys, laser pens, cars with ejection seats, or silicone breasted women with names you'd be vaguely embarrassed to say in front of your mother. Most of the crap that passes for an espionage film has no plot or reason for existing other than to meet a quota of explosions and cleavage in order to draw the summer action film crowd.

While "Bourne" does not have a particularly deep plot, it is consistent and focused. The focus is entirely upon Bourne and how he is to deal with having no memory of his past, being hunted without knowing why. Some people have complained about being confused by the movie. I for one, do not need to have everything spelled out since in many cases this smacks of unreality in the first place; the essence of espionage is drawing conclusions from very sketchy information. If you can't handle a little of that, you probably should stick to Disney films or TV's Scooby Doo where everything is explained in the end. We never find out about what is in the case in "Ronin" and I can live without some information being filled in about Bourne's past.

To those who have moaned about the incompatibility of the book and the movie, seek help. There are probably several things that work in the book that would either be boring and take too much screen time to explain, or would be viewed as cliche to modern screen audiences. As I remember, I liked the book, and I definitely like this movie. I view any movie adaptation as an interpretation of the book rather than a translation from words to pictures anyway.

As for realism, most of the action scenes are believable, no super-gadgets are to be seen, no incredibly lovely models fall madly in bed with Bourne, and the hero shows definite signs of physical vulnerability despite a very high level of training and competance. As someone who has trained in martial arts for over 10 years, unrealistic fight scenes are a pet peeve. The fights in "Bourne" are fast, nasty, and very realistic while still being entertaining for the layman. (And yes, taking a gun away from some idiot who is standing well within your striking radius without getting shot is definitely doable, though I had serious doubts until we tested it for ourselves with plastic dart guns in the dojo several years ago).

While not being perfect, "The Bourne Identity" is, simply put, several grades above the typical spy film. Being focused on an individual level rather than involving itself huge political ramifications lends it another layer of respectability rather than detracting from it as some comments have implied since it remains a human problem on a comprehensible scale. The mysteries that are left are bigger mysteries for Bourne than us, and I think should be viewed as intentional omissions rather than loose ends. The implausibilities are kept to a minimum and the realism to as high a level as possible while still being spectacular enough to meet the expectations of the genre.


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