A man returning home after six years in the Civil War struggles to reconstruct his life and marriage. His idyllic hopes are shattered when he is accused of not being who he claims. Based on the French film THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE.
A remake of the French film, "The Return of Martin Guerre" takes place in the post-Civil War south. Sommersby is presumed dead, returning to his family two years after the war's end. But the once selfish man who went to battle is now a loving husband and father. His wife falls in love with him anew; townspeople are suspicious, especially one man who is in love with Laurel Sommersby. Can this man really be Sommersby? Or is he an imposter?
Filmed in Hot Springs, Virginia and Lexington and Charlotte County Courthouse in DuArt color; prints by Technicolor. Began shooting April 13, 1992; completed June 30, 1992. Released in USA February 5, 1993 at 117 minutes. Released on video August 4, 1993 at 114 minutes. Remake of Daniel Vigne's 1982 French film "The Return of Martin Guerre," starring Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye. Based on an actual incident that occurred in the 16th century. Jon Amiel got his start directing episodes of "The Singing Detective" for British television; he also directed the feature films "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter" and "Queen of Hearts". Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Censors.
"...Nothing [Foster] has done to date is preparation for the romantic, resolute, elegant performance she gives..." - 02/05/1993 New York Times, p.C8
"...The love story, beautifully acted by Richard Gere and Jodie Foster, makes for a ravishing romance..." - 02/18/1993 Rolling Stone, p.65-6
"...Icy with suspicion, fiery with passion - Foster's eyes alone convey a thousand pages of dialogue..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 02/05/1993 USA Today, p.1D
"...SOMMERSBY is an unabashedly romantic and at the some time morally intricate Civil War-era tale splendidly acted by Richard Gere and Jodie Foster..." - 01/25/1993 Variety
"...Directed with engrossing craftsmanship....Foster uses her radiant, beaming gaze to communicate supernal happiness..." - 02/19/1993 Entertainment Weekly, p.42-4