Sommersby

Richard Gere  Actor Jodie Foster  Actor Lanny Flaherty  Actor James Earl Jones  Actor Wendell Wellman  Actor Bill Pullman  Actor William Windom  Actor

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MPAA Rating: PG13
Contains:Violence,Brief Nudity,Adult Situations,Questionable for Children

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Sommersby

UPC: 085391264927

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: PG13   Contains:[Violence, Brief Nudity, Adult Situations, Questionable for Children]

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

Category: Romance

Features: Interactive menus
Theatrical trailer
Scene access
Languages & subtitles
Subtitles: English & Français

Sommersby

Format: DVD

Release Date: 09/12/2000

Audio: DDS Dolby Digital Surround

Runtime: 113 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French

Subtitles: English,French

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 -- Standard
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Homeward Bound(Credits) [4:22]
2. Welcomed In Vine Hill [3:58]
3. A Family Reunited [2:38]
4. "Ain't ActingYourself,Jack" [5:41]
5. This Man In My Kitchen [3:56]
6. Sizing Up The Farm [4:21]
7. Getting This Close [5:53]
8. Small Foot, Large Idea [9:26]
9. Working The Farm [1:58]
10. Jack Returns; Planting [2:55]
11. Seeds Grow [3:23]
12. Tale Of A Schoolteacher [2:12]
13. Good News From Laurel [1:19]
14. Bad News For Jack [3:17]
15. "But You've Known All Along" [3:40]
16. "May God Strike Me Dead" [2:22]
17. Night Readers [4:00]
18. Brawl In The Barn [2:24]
19. Harvest Time [3:11]
20. Arrested [2:55]
21. The Trial Begins [3:16]
22. Orin's Offer [2:11]
23. The Man In Question [4:49]
24. A Surprise Witness [2:08]
25. Jack's Rebuttal [4:11]
26. From Laurel's Heart [6:33]
27. "I Knew Horace Townsend" [4:53]
28. "Always You" [3:04]
29. With Each Other [4:35]
30. End Credits [3:35]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Jump To A Scene
1. Homeward Bound (Credits) [4:22]
2. Welcomed In Vine Hill [3:58]
3. A Family Reunited [2:38]
4. "Ain't Acting Yourself, Jack" [5:41]
5. This Man In My Kitchen [3:56]
6. Sizing Up The Farm [4:21]
7. Getting This Close [5:53]
8. Small Foot, Large Idea [9:26]
9. Working The Farm [1:58]
10. Jack Returns; Planting [2:55]
11. Seeds Grow [3:23]
12. Tale Of A Schoolteacher [2:12]
13. Good News From Laurel [1:19]
14. Bad News For Jack [3:17]
15. "But You've Known All Along" [3:40]
16. "May God Strike Me Dead" [2:22]
17. Night Readers [4:00]
18. Brawl In The Barn [2:24]
19. Harvest Time [3:11]
20. Arrested [2:55]
21. The Trial Begins [3:16]
22. Orin's Offer [2:11]
23. The Man In Question [4:49]
24. A Surprise Witness [2:08]
25. Jack's Rebuttal [4:11]
26. From Laurel's Heart [6:33]
27. "I Knew Horace Townsend" [4:53]
28. "Always You" [3:04]
29. With Each Other [4:35]
30. End Credits [3:35]

Karl Williams

This surprisingly effective remake of The Return of Martin Guerre (1982) shifts the setting from medieval France to rural Tennessee following the U.S. Civil War. The central conceit of both films is one that requires an intellectual leap of faith on par with that of the familiar Superman/Clark Kent conundrum and it may not be bought wholesale by every audience member. Those that can groove with the idea will find themselves sufficiently entertained by solid performances from Richard Gere and Jodie Foster, two modern actors if ever there were any, but who inhabit their period roles with authenticity. The script is a taut, polished piece of work, typical of co-writer Nicholas Meyer, infusing the film with delightful character moments, some crafty visual tension (the protagonist's boot size, of all things, is employed to build a palpable sense of dread), and even providing an unexpected but powerful B-story by delving into postwar racial tensions. Director Jon Amiel is a reliable, if not particularly inventive, craftsman, but he gives cinematographer Philippe Rousselot free reign to create some gorgeous pictures, resulting in a fine-looking and engaging film that chalks up to a misunderstood, underrated gem unfairly compared to the classic that inspired it. With similar themes and settings, Sommersby makes a nifty companion piece to playwright Arthur Miller's rewrite three years later of his classic The Crucible (1996). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Mark Williams  Actor 
Muse Watson  Actor 
Frank Taylor  Actor 
Paul Austin  Actor 
Doug Sloan  Actor 
Ray McKinnon  Actor 
Richard Gere  Executive Producer 
Jon Amiel  Director 
Danny Elfman  Composer (Music Score) 
Sarah Kernochan  Screenwriter 
Nicholas Meyer  Screenwriter 
Arnon Milchan  Producer 
Charles Mitchell  Screenwriter 
Steven E. Reuther  Producer 
Anthony Shaffer  Screenwriter 
Maggie Wilde  Executive Producer 
Richard Gere  Actor 
Jodie Foster  Actor 
Lanny Flaherty  Actor 
James Earl Jones  Actor 
Wendell Wellman  Actor 
Bill Pullman  Actor 
William Windom  Actor 
Brett Kelley  Actor 
Maury Chaykin  Actor 
Clarice Taylor  Actor 
Frankie R. Faison  Actor 
R. Lee Ermey  Actor 
Richard Hamilton  Actor 
Dean Whitworth  Actor 
Stan Kelly  Actor 
Richard Lineback  Actor 

Country: USA