The Bourne Identity (1988)
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as Jason Bourne
as Marie St. Jacques
as Dr. Geoffrey Washburn
as David Abbott
as Fritz Koenig
as Gen. Villiers
as Pierre D'Armacourt
as Senator Crawford
as Madame Jacqui
as General Conklin
as French Priest
as New York Cabbie
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This 2 episode miniseries stays truer to the actual novel much more than the modern Matt Damon versions. It is truly a shame that these modern versions nearly completely disregard the text - the book truly is a fantastic story. Thus, it was nice to watch this version, which tried very hard to follow the text as much as possible. The acting is a bit spotty at times, and some of the fight sequences leave a little to be desired, but it was made in 1988 - so I can't truly complain about that. A solid visual representation of the actual novel - recommended if you have read the books. If you haven't, either stick with Matt Damon and live in ignorance, or read the book and then watch this movie. Don't just up and watch this version, you will be confused.
This first adaption seems quaint with all that has come since, even without the new adaption, but there is little doubt this is closer to the source and Chamberlain's more realistic assassin is well realized and fun to watch.
It was interesting watching this first movie, based on the book by Robert Ludlum, which I gather is more true to the book than the Matt Damon movie. This is a 300 minute, 2 part, made for TV movie with Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith. Good acting and well made apart from a very cheesy love scene with equally cheesy music during it. There were a few other goofy parts but all in all an interesting and pretty enjoyable film.