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FULL SYNOPSIS

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 husband long dead, however, Laurel has become engaged to Orin Meecham (Bill Pullman), an arrangement she quickly calls off, enraging and embittering Orin. Soon it becomes evident that his experiences have changed Jack thoroughly. A callous and cruel man widely feared before the war, he is now charming and sensitive, offering financial opportunities to an ex-slave and caring for Laurel and his young son. Jack even persuades the town's citizenry that he can rescue their fortunes by pooling resources and switching Vine Hill's chief crop from cotton to tobacco. Jack's scheme works, but Orin becomes increasingly convinced that Jack is in fact an impostor masquerading as the wealthy Sommersby, a suspicion that the smitten and quickly pregnant Laurel secretly shares. When Jack is arrested and charged with a murder he drunkenly committed years before, the court trial leads to some startling revelations about the past. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:February 5, 1993

Cast

Richard Gere
as Jack
Jodie Foster
as Laurel
Lanny Flaherty
as Buck
Wendell Wellman
as Travis
James Earl Jones
as Judge Issacs
William Windom
as Reverend Powell
Bill Pullman
as Orin Meecham
Maury Chaykin
as Lawyer Dawson
Brett Kelley
as Little Rob
Clarice Taylor
as Esther
Frankie R. Faison
as Joseph
R. Lee Ermey
as Dick Mead
Richard Hamilton
as Doc Evans
Dean Whitworth
as Tom Clemmons
Richard Lineback
as Timothy Fry
Paul Austin
as KKK #1/Folsom
Doug Sloan
as Marshall #2
Ray McKinnon
as Lawyer Webb
Muse Watson
as Drifter #1
Ray McKinnon
as Lawyer Webb
Doug Sloan
as Marshall #2
Paul Austin
as KKK #1/Folsom

Crew

Jon Amiel
Director
Arnon Milchan
Producer
Steven E. Reuther
Producer
Sarah Kernochan
Screenwriter
Nicholas Meyer
Screenwriter
Nicholas Meyer
Screen Story
Charles Mitchell
Screenwriter
Anthony Shaffer
Screenwriter
Anthony Shaffer
Screen Story
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Boyle
Editor
Bruno Rubeo
Production Designer
Mary McLaglen
Co-producer
Richard Gere
Executive Producer
Maggie Wilde
Executive Producer
Michael Seirton
Set Designer
Marco Rubeo
Set Designer
Marilyn Vance
Costume Designer
Greg Hull
Special Effects
Josh McLaglen
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Bob Beemer
Re-Recording Mixer
Jean-Luc Russier
Makeup
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