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Sommersby stumbles as a consistently compelling mystery, but typically solid work from Jodie Foster and Richard Gere fuels an engaging romance.



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Based on the French film The Return of Martin Guerre, Sommersby is the story of a presumed-dead Confederate soldier (Richard Gere) who returns home to his wife (Jodie Foster). Neither his wife nor his friends can quite believe the changes the Civil War has made on the soldier, and soon several people begin to wonder if he is indeed the same man or if he is an imposter.

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Richard Gere
as Jack Sommersby
Jodie Foster
as Laurel Sommersby
James Earl Jones
as Judge Isaacs
Bill Pullman
as Orin Meecham
Brett Kelley
as Little Rob
William Windom
as Rev. Powell
Carter McNeese
as Storekeeper Wilson
Dean Whitworth
as Tom Clemmons
R. Lee Ermey
as Dick Mead
Ray McKinnon
as Lawyer Webb
Maury Chaykin
as Lawyer Dawson
Stan Kelly
as John Green
Stephanie Weaver
as Mrs. Bundy
Richard Lineback
as Timothy Fry
Paul Austin
as KKK #1/Folsom
Doug Sloan
as Marshall #2
Muse Watson
as Drifter #1
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Critic Reviews for Sommersby

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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.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Sommersby has everything to succeed. There's just one minor problem in this Americanized remake of The Return of Martin Guerre: Who can believe Richard Gere and Jodie Foster as a Tennessee Ashley and Scarlett?

    May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sommersby

She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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Based on the story "The Return of Martin Guerre" this is a beautifully and inticately woven tale that tests the strength of love and pride. A story with powerful emotions and a dilema which is a tragedy of it's time. Richard Gere who is often criticised as an Actor gave no reason for criticism here and another good performance from Jodie Foster.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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Great chemistry between Richard and Jodie. Still not sure if he was or was not her husband! Must watch it again!

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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kind of tale of two cities-esque with good story and solid acting.

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Jennifer Xu

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