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This Americanized remake of the French classic The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) transports the story's setting from the 16th century Gallic countryside to 19th century Tennessee at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War. Richard Gere stars as Jack Sommersby, a wealthy landowner who returns to his small cotton farming town of Vine Hill three years after the Civil War's end. The defeated Confederate soldier is ready to resume his past life with his young wife Laurel (Jodie Foster). Thinking her husband long dead, however, Laurel has become engaged to Orin Meecham (Bill Pullman), an arrangement she quickly calls off, enraging and embittering Orin. Soon it becomes evident that his experiences have changed Jack thoroughly. A callous and cruel man widely feared before the war, he is now charming and sensitive, offering financial opportunities to an ex-slave and caring for Laurel and his young son. Jack even persuades the town's citizenry that he can rescue their fortunes by pooling resources and switching Vine Hill's chief crop from cotton to tobacco. Jack's scheme works, but Orin becomes increasingly convinced that Jack is in fact an impostor masquerading as the wealthy Sommersby, a suspicion that the smitten and quickly pregnant Laurel secretly shares. When Jack is arrested and charged with a murder he drunkenly committed years before, the court trial leads to some startling revelations about the past. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Impostors and imposture
-- Southern States
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2010
|Other Titles|| Retour de Martin Guerre (Motion picture)
Amiel, Jon, film director.
Milchan, Arnon, 1944- film producer.
Reuther, Steven, film producer.
Meyer, Nicholas, 1945- screenwriter.
Kernochan, Sarah, screenwriter.
Shaffer, Anthony, 1926-2001, screenwriter.
Gere, Richard, 1949- actor.
Foster, Jodie, actor.
Pullman, Bill, actor.
Windom, William, 1923-2012, actor.
Jones, James Earl, actor.
Studio Canal+, presenter.
Regency Enterprises, presenter.
Alcor Films, presenter.
Warner Home Video (Firm), publisher.
Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, William Windom, James Earl Jones.
Director of photography, Philippe Rousselot ; editor, Peter Boyle ; music, Danny Elfman.
MPAA rating: PG-13.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
Based on the film The return of Martin Guerre.
Includes theatrical trailer.
DVD, Dolby surround stereo., region 1, widescreen letterboxed.
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.