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The Bourne Identity [2002]

Director:Doug Liman
Writer:Tony Gilroy
W. Blake Herron
Composer:John Powell
Length:119 minutes
(1 hour 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:82%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A man wakes up on a fishing boat having been pulled unconscious from the ocean. With no memory of his past, he sets out to try and discover who he is and what happened to him.

Reaction: This is a great story, and a game-changing movie in the action genre.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Doug Liman => Director
Tony Gilroy => Writer
W. Blake Herron => Writer
John Powell => Composer
Robert Ludlum => Novel
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje => Wombosi
Anthony Green => Security Chief
Brian Cox => Ward Abbott
Chris Cooper => Conklin
Clive Owen => The Professor
David Bamber => Consulate Clerk
David Selburg => Marshall
Demetri Goritsas => Com Tech
Denis Braccini => Picot
Franka Potente => Marie
Gabriel Mann => Zorn
Hubert Saint-Macary => Morgue Boss (as Hubert Saint Macary)
Josh Hamilton => Research Tech
Julia Stiles => Nicolette
Matt Damon => Jason Bourne
Nicky Naudé => Castel
Orso Maria Guerrini => Giancarlo (as Orso Maria-Guerrini)
Russell Levy => Manheim (as Russel Levy)
Tim Dutton => Eamon
Walton Goggins => Research Tech

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The author of the novel that the film was based on, Robert Ludlum, died while the film was in postproduction, on 12 March 2001.
  • Brad Pitt was offered the role of Jason Bourne, but turned it down to do Spy Game. Matthew McConaughey was also considered for Jason Bourne. Director Doug Liman offered the female lead to Sarah Polley (whom he directed in the film Go (1999)). But she declined the part.
  • There are no opening credits besides the Title Card.
  • Brian Cox (Ward Abbott) appears in two other movies as the employer of an assassin who has amnesia after a traumatic event, The Long Kiss Goodnight and X2.
  • The film was originally scheduled to be released in June 2001, but was delayed because of re-shoots ordered by director Doug Liman, including the car chase that takes place in the middle of the film.
  • Average & Median Shot Lengths = ~4 seconds.
  • In Bourne Identity, the novel this movie was based on, Jason Bourne does not recover from his injuries on the ship. Instead, he spends months at the coast at an alcoholic doctor, who performs multiple surgeries on him. Also, in the novel, Jason's deposit box does not contain cash and a gun, and he opens it in the presence of a high-level bank employee. After this, Jason gets attacked already in the bank by professional assassins. Also in the novel Marie plays a much more important role.
  • Doug Liman set out to make this film with the feel of the movie inspired by Lola rennt, in which Franka Potente (who plays Marie in this movie) played the main part.
  • The name Bourne came from [?] Ansel Bourne, a preacher in Rhode Island, the first documented case of "dissociative fugue", a condition not unlike dissociative amnesia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). One day in 1887 he forgot who he was, started a new life in Pennsylvania under the name Brown, and opened a convenience store. About three months later, he woke up and not only remembered his life as Bourne, but forgot all of his life as Brown... and needless to say was quite confused as to why he was in Pennsylvania.
  • Most of the US Marines in the Zurich embassy were actual Marine Security Guards assigned to embassies in Europe, at the request of producer Frank Marshall. They used their own uniforms, worked with the director on dialogue (eventually cut), and developed the tactics they use in clearing the embassy.