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Sommersby [DVD] [1993]

Richard Gere , Jodie Foster , Jon Amiel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, James Earl Jones, Lanny Flaherty
  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Writers: Anthony Shaffer, Daniel Vigne, Jean-Claude Carrière, Nicholas Meyer, Sarah Kernochan
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Maggie Wilde
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D2YY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,107 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the French film, The Return of Martin Guerre (which itself was based on a famous court case), this 1993 film by director Jon Amiel recasts the same essential story in post-Civil War Tennessee, in a dirt-poor town suffering the effects of the South's loss. Jodie Foster plays Laurel Sommersby, a widow whose husband died in the Civil War--or so everyone thinks. Then one day, Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) strolls back into town and back into Laurel's bed--seemingly a very changed man. Gone is the selfish, nasty guy no one much liked. In his place is a friendly, sensitive and resourceful new Jack who not only rekindles the long-dead fire of his marriage, but revives the entire town. Except for one small catch: he may not actually be Jack Sommersby at all. Beautifully shot by Amiel (with a great assist from cameraman Philippe Rousselot) from a script by Nicholas Meyer and Sarah Kernochan, the film features a sturdy, even flinty performance by Foster and a beguiling one by Gere. Though the ending will squeeze the tear ducts, the film earns those tears. --Marshall Fine,

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby 17 Nov 2005
“Sommersby” is a very nice, well-acted and well-filmed picture that is spoilt somewhat by what is an almost implausible thing to hinge to the whole plot.
Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) returns to his Deep South farmstead after serving for the confederation forces in the American Civil War. He has been missing for the past six years and although the rest of the community welcome him back with open arms, he wife, Laurel (Jody Foster) seems less than enthusiastic about his return. The other member of the village who also seems less than happy to see Jack come back is lay preacher Orin Meecham (Bill Pullman) who we learn had lost out to Jack to win Laurel’s hand in marriage but had seen an opportunity to move into Jack’s shoes whilst he was missing.
Whilst most of us would expect a person to change after being through such a traumatic experience as a war, but the changes that are evident in Jack are all the more striking. We learn that things in the Sommersby marriage are perhaps not as happy as they seem on the surface to the other villagers. Jack and Laurel, for example, were in separate bedroom before he left for the war, we also get a hint that Jack was a gambler and possibly a wife beater. However on his return Jack wins his wife back over by a series of nice romantic gestures. He also bonds again with his son, who at first had seems quite disturbed by his father’s return. In fact the only one not won over by Jack is the family dog, which mysteriously turns up dead days later.
Jack also turns his charm on with the rest of the village. Rallying the other inhabitants around he launches into a plan to rent out the land he owns to grow tobacco, and then when the profits have been reaped the growers can have the option to buy their land from Jack.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Set during the Civil war, this tells the story of a man who returns from the war a completely diferent man-literally.It tells of how he falls in love with his 'wife' again-the only one who knows the truth about who he really is.The love story sweeps you away and then reduces you to tears with it's tragic ending.Fantastic for all you romantics out there-but a bit far fetched!
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Directed by Jon Amiel, Sommersby is adapted from the historical account of 16th Century French peasant Martin Guerre. It was previously filmed as The Return of Martin Guerre in 1982. It stars Richard Gere, Jodie Foster and Bill Pullman. Music is by Danny Elfman and cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.

In simple terms the film is about a man (Jack Sommersby) who went off to war and was presumed dead by his wife (Laurel) and the village folk of the village where he lived. Some 9 years later he returns a changed man, back in the marital bed and a hero to the village. But then questions start to crop up and it becomes a possibility that this man may not after all be who he claims to be. Sounds bizarre for sure, yet it's a true story, and a fascinating one at that.

For this American version we get top line production values across the board, with the film propelled with grace and skill by Gere and Foster in the lead roles of Jack and Laurel Sommersby. Director Amiel rightly uses the slow burn approach, a consideration to the art of story telling. This draws the viewer firmly into the post Civil War period and lets us get to know the principal players and their surroundings.

The core narrative thrust is a moving romance, one consistently under pressure of a mystery to be proved or disproved. But there's also economic issues to hand, very much so, and the vile stench of racism still hangs in the air. There's a lot going on in Sommersby and it never sags because of it. Also refreshing that in spite of some critical grumblings in some quarters, the ending is potent and not very Hollywood at all.

It's not flawless and although it's based on a true story, some suspension of disbelief is needed as regards physical appearance of Jack and his means and motives. Yet this is a lovely film, simple in story telling structure, beautifully photographed and performed, it very much feels and plays like a classic era period piece. 8/10
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 18 July 2008
A rather old movie at this point but enjoyable all the same. Especially for those of us who are fans of either/both of the main actors. No one in particular steals the show in what turns out to be an average-slight above average movie but they all put in decent performances.
Richard Gere plays Jack Sommersby who returns home after 6yrs. This is after time spent in jail following the civil war. Jodie Foster is his wife who had started to move on and was even talking of marrying one of the other townsmen when her hubby shows up. Although Jack seems to know a fair deal about the town and the people in it there are certain things that make people question whether he really is Jack Sommersby. This is all forgotten until he is arrested for commiting murder and the only way to get off is to prove he isn't Jack Sommersby! Things are not always this simple though and thus begins the true drama.

Good movie.. provides a decent amount of entertainment for a quiet evening in but don't expect anything mind blowing.
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I loved this film. Its a love story with a twist and keeps you guessing to the end. Would highly recommend it. The acting is brilliant which is to be expected from Gere and Foster. A must-see
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must see
oldie however a gripping film from start to end first class performance from Richard Gere and jodie foster ! oldie but goodie
Published 2 months ago by skarlet kray
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
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Published 3 months ago by vanessa
4.0 out of 5 stars A sad tale - sometimes you can't win.
I would have given it 5 stars on my own, but suprisingly my partner found it depressing - ladies are unpredictable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paulm
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
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Published 13 months ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite film
love this film . lent my video of the same to a friend ,never got it back .arrived very quickly.
Published 17 months ago by janet davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic that tugs at the heart strings
The story is both simple and complicated at the same time. There are lots of flaws but that makes it one of the best films for Miss Foster and Mr Gere. Read more
Published 18 months ago by S. Segar
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
good story nicely filmed both richard gere and jodie foster were very convinging. its a film ive always wanted to see again
Published 19 months ago by barbara ackland
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Gere mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Love this film, not too slushy with a feel good feeling. Just wish the ending was slightly different. Great for a Richard Gere fix.
Published 22 months ago by Chris P Baykon
5.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby
Based on the story of Martin Guerre, I thoroughly enjoyed the performances from Foster and Gere. Excellent!
Published on 18 May 2010 by M. D. O'Callaghan
3.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby
This is a really good love story up to a point. I felt it was very drawn out towards the end but with such a heartbreaking finish it is the epitome of a romantic drama.
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by Catriona O Neill
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