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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.


Richard Chamberlain
as Jason Bourne
Jaclyn Smith
as Marie St. Jacques
Denholm Elliott
as Dr. Geoffrey Washburn
Donald Moffat
as David Abbott
Peter Vaughan
as Fritz Koenig
Anthony Quayle
as Gen. Villiers
Philip Madoc
as Pierre D'Armacourt
Bruce Boa
as Senator Crawford
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
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Robert Ludlum's bestselling novel The Bourne Identity is adapted as a mildly suspenseful and atmospheric TV movie. The story follows an injured man who washes ashore with no memory of who he is, but he slowly starts to suspect that he's a hired assassin after following several clues and being pursued by a hit squad. Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith lead the cast and give cheesy, melodramatic performances. And Roger Young's meandering, slow-paced directing doesn't do the film any favors. The writing too is rather poor, particularly at making Bourne's missing past a compelling mystery (which is a major failing). Incredibly long and arduous, The Bourne Identity is a bland spy thriller that feels rote and cliché.

Dann Michalski
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