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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

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

  • 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

  • Jan 14, 2010
    She knew his face. His touch. His voice. She knew everything about him... But the truth.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2009
    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a> Sommersby was the story of a man named Jack Sommersby, played by Richard Gere, a changed man who returned to his hometown after 6 years held prisoner in the Civil War.You will like and dislike his character, first like because he was nice to the slaves, good for his wife(Jody Foster) and dislike cause of who he was before. Now changed, you could understand why he lied, but it was hard to understand why he pretended to be someone he was not. In the end he made the right choice that allows the slaves to keep their land. This movie made you think about right & wrong.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2008
    Ok, this is horribly cheesy, right? I shouldn't like it, I hate melodrama. But somehow this movie gets me EVERY single time - I cry my eyes out and even forget briefly that I wouldn't normally watch anything with Richard Gere in the leading role. It's a miracle. Somewhere in the performances and the story something must hit home with me, inexplicably. I feel ashamed now.
    Ina S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2008
    And here's the kind of movie people suffer through when they're dating. I barely remember anything about this film but the boredom.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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