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Movie propaganda

She knew his face, his voice, his touch. she knew everything about him except the truth.

Set in the South of the USA just after the Civil War, Laurel Sommersby (Jodie Foster) is just managing to work the farm without her husband Jack, believed killed in the war. By all accounts, Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) was not a pleasant man, thus when he returns, Laurel has mixed emotions. It appears that Jack has changed a great deal, leading some people to believe that this is not actually Jack but an impostor. Laurel herself is unsure, but willing to take the man into her home, and perhaps later into her heart...

Persons of interest

  • Richard Gere .... John Robert "Jack" Sommersby
  • Jodie Foster .... Laurel Sommersby
  • Bill Pullman .... Orin Meecham
  • James Earl Jones .... Judge Barry Conrad Issacs
  • Lanny Flaherty .... Buck
  • William Windom .... Reverend Powell
  • Wendell Wellman .... Travis
  • Brett Kelley .... Little Rob
  • Clarice Taylor .... Esther
  • Frankie Faison .... Joseph
  • R Lee Ermey .... Dick Mead
  • Richard Hamilton .... Doc Evans
  • Karen Kirschenbauer .... Mrs Evans
  • Carter McNeese .... Storekeeper Wilson
  • Dean Whitworth .... Tom Clemmons
  • Stan Kelly .... John Green
  • Jean-Claude Carrière .... Screenwriter
  • Sarah Kernochan .... Screenwriter
  • Jon Amiel .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Mills and Boon.

Two rugged and handsome men fall in love with the same proud southern belle, but one of them hides a secret only she can unravel. Pride, passion, jealousy and sacrifice fill the sunny days and balmy nights...

*Stops channelling romance novel publicist*


Using the USA civil war as a perfectly good excuse for some shady romantic shenanigans, Sommersby is a lightweight chick flick with pretty girls, pretty men and a variety of southern accents. It takes a long time to get going but it will have you sniffling into your tissue by the end, and that's all you need to know, isn't it?

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Languages: English, French, Italian
  • Picture: 2.35 Widescreen 16:9
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English and Italian captions

Security censorship classification

M (Low level sex scene)

Surveillance time

109 minutes (1:49 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 4 February 2002

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