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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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

When a body is recovered at sea still alive, the mystery man (Damon) seems to have forgotten everything in life, including who he was. Eventually he begins to remember smaller details in life and soon finds out that his name was Jason Bourne. What he doesn't like is the gun and fake passports belonging to him. Now Bourne, and his new friend, Marie Helena Kreutz (Potente) travel from country to country in search of his new identity. But someone is not happy to see him alive, and is frantically trying to track him down. 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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Doug Liman had a hard time with the scene where Bourne and Marie kiss. The director had to question whether or not this woman would be attracted to someone who has put her through everything Bourne had put her through up to that point. Liman came to terms with it after remembering what drew him to the story in the first place, the idea of what it would be like to meet someone like Jason Bourne who had a dark, mysterious past. See more »

Goofs

Jason Bourne seeks refuge in "U.S. Embassy Zurich". There is no U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Zurich. The Embassy is located in Bern, which is the de facto capital of Switzerland. See more »

Quotes

Conklin: Where's your field box?
Nicolette: It's right there. The system's gone haywire. That's this window right here.
[She receives a message in her earlink]
Nicolette: ...Dining room window? Damn, the phones are dead.
[the power shuts down, the lights go off]
Nicolette: It's Bourne, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The DVD contains an alternate (more Hollywood-like) ending: Jason looks down on Marie's scooter rental from a hill, then walks down to it. Marie comes out, sees him and goes towards him. Then they embrace and kiss with a glowing sun in the background... See more »

Connections

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Written by Moby
Performed by Moby
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Very good spy/action/thriller movie
20 August 2016 | by destinylives52See all my reviews

Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, a highly trained, U.S. spy whose wounded body is found floating in an ocean by a fishing boat. With no memory of who he is and what happened to him, he has to piece together how he came to be shot in the back and left for dead; and most importantly, who and what he is. But Damon must do it fast, as time is running out and the ones he worked for are sending assassins to find him. "The Bourne Identity" is top-notch spy movie, filled with action, suspense, and a mystery that is slowly explained as the movie goes on. Matt Damon is well suited for the role, and with the help of fancy editing, he comes off as a martial arts expert who can quickly dispatch multiple foes in a few seconds. The movie moves along very fast, making the near two hour running time feel like it's thirty minutes shorter than it is. Fast pacing and a likable hero (Damon) are two big strengths of this movie that fans of spy/thriller/suspense movies should not miss. My most memorable, movie moment of "The Bourne Identity" is the scene when Damon evades the police with an original Mini car! Hey, it's not the car, it's the driver that counts.

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Release Date:

14 June 2002 (USA) See more »

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Seine River, Paris, France See more »

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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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