Sommersby

Language and/or Subtitles: English
French
Format: DVD 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Millvale Community Library Audiovisual DVD DRA SOM
Location  Millvale Community Library
 
Collection  Audiovisual
 
Call Number  DVD DRA SOM
 
 
Penn Hills Library Audio Visual DVD SOM
Location  Penn Hills Library
 
Collection  Audio Visual
 
Call Number  DVD SOM
 
 
Summary
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
Additional Information
Subjects Impostors and imposture -- Southern States -- Drama.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans -- Drama.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2010
Edition Widescreen version.
Other Titles Retour de Martin Guerre (Motion picture)
Contributors Elfman, Danny, composer.
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.
Participants/Performers Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, William Windom, James Earl Jones.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Philippe Rousselot ; editor, Peter Boyle ; music, Danny Elfman.
Audience MPAA rating: PG-13.
Language English
French
Closed-captioned.
In English or French, with optional English or French subtitles.
Notes Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
Based on the film The return of Martin Guerre.
Includes theatrical trailer.
System Details DVD, Dolby surround stereo., region 1, widescreen letterboxed.
Description 1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 078066504X
0790742845
9780780665040
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