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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
Feb 5, 1993 Wide
Sep 21, 1999
Warner Home Video
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Though there is a near vaccuum at the center of the film, Sommersby is never boring, largely because of Ms. Foster's beautifully self-possessed presence.
From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.
A square peg pounded into a round hole -- or, more exactly, a medieval European story that has been unsuccessfully updated to the period of the American Civil War.
It's really an old-fashioned hankie-soaker with Gere and Foster ably jerking tears. An odd yet convincing couple, they won't replace Rhett and Scarlet, and frankly, my dears, who can? But belles wring and bosoms heave in a manner most pleasing.
If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.
Lacks whatever magical ingredient there is that makes a film a moving experience and instead settles for being an adequate but not a remarkable achievement.
A winning and soul-stirring exploration of the spiritual meaning of one man's sacrificial death.
The story idea is an interesting one, but it doesn't quite pan out in the end. There are too many unanswered questions and unresolved conflicts.
A powerful piece of filmmaking. Gere and Foster are as immaculate as always.
Hobbled with a meandering script, an erratic performance by Richard Gere, and an overbearing score by Danny Elfman.
Sommersby is not a terrible movie, there are just many things about it that aren't quite right.
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