The Bourne Identity (1988)





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Based on a best-selling espionage thriller by Robert Ludlum, this exciting drama originally aired as a television miniseries and tells the story of a spy's attempt to regain his lost memory. Accompanied by a mysterious woman who may or may not be an ally, he travels across Europe trying to solve the mystery of himself and to avoid the enemy spies who want to kill him.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Television
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Warner Bros. Television


Richard Chamberlain
as Jason Bourne
Jaclyn Smith
as Marie St. Jacques
Yorgo Voyagis
as Carlos
Denholm Elliott
as Dr. Geoffrey Washburn
Donald Moffat
as David Abbott
Peter Vaughan
as Fritz Koenig
Yorga Voyagis
as Carlos
Anthony Quayle
as Gen. Villiers
Philip Madoc
as Pierre D'Armacourt
Bruce Boa
as Senator Crawford
James Faulkner
as D'Anjou
James Laurenson
as Gillette
Jacqueline Pearce
as Madame Jacqui
Shane Rimmer
as General Conklin
Michael Anthony
as French Priest
Robert Arden
as Stevens
Leon Herbert
as New York Cabbie
Kate Howard
as Angelique
Raymond Johnson
as Abbott's Driver
Robert MacLeod
as Yachtsman
Ted Maynard
as Dugan
Raymond Johnson
as Abbott's Driver
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The ending may be rather melodramatic, but there's enough of interest in this DVD to warrant a look.

Full Review… | August 31, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Bourne Identity

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.

Bobby Luke
Bobby Luke

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.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

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.

Robin P.
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