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Sommersby [Blu-ray] (2013)

Richard Gere , Jodie Foster , Jon Amiel  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Jodie Foster, Bill Pullman, James Earl Jones
  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Writers: Nicholas Meyer, Sarah Kernochan
  • Producers: Richard Gere, Arnon Milchan, Steven Reuther, Maggie Wilde
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4ZN6A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,106 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set after the civil war, a man returns home several years after he was presumed dead. He arrives armed with ideas and vigor, and soon brings his town back to prosperity and turns his once bitter marriage into a passionate romance. despite his many accomplishments, suspicionsarise that jack sommersby may not be the man he says he is, after all.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engulfing and desperate love story; all-encompassing. September 27, 1999
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To see Sommersby is to understand what eternal and all-encompassing love is. Jodie Foster plays Laurel, wife to Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere). The Sommersby home and land have been ravaged by The Civil War. Laurel's life with Jack had been a war in itself. Fate has taken Jack away to the war for several years and she has had time to recoup and raise their son quietly. Suddenly, Jack returns. Handsome and honorable, war-ravaged townsfolk uphold this returned "hero" and Jack hopes his wife will do the same. But wait. This Jack Sommersby is a changed man. Time away has softened the normally calloused man into a man passionate about reviving his marriage and the prosperity of his village in Vine Hill, Tennessee. Everyone, including Laurel are taken back by his vigor and charm. Time and hard work strengthen the economy and the Sommersby couple are more in love than ever before. This dramatic change causes not only Laurel, but townsfolk to question the identity of this reformed Jack. Tell-tale signs of a forgery of identity soon unravel the clever stitching around Jack's personna. When the law gets involved, inquisitive Laurel switches gears and defends the honor of her well-providing husband. His past soon haunts him and the surrounding lies threaten. Murder charges come into play. If this man is Jack Sommersby, he will hang. If he is the imposter, he faces the shame of his community and the loss of the now-revived land and marriage. Love and Honor collide, forcing the heart to find it's place. "Sommersby" is a desperate, compelling and passionate drama that leaves you with one question: "Where does your heart lie?" Brian La Fountain
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Set in the aftermath of the Civil War, Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) returns, after about six years, to the town of Vine Hill, Tennessee, to find his plantation and house devastated by the ravages of war. Additionally, he encounters his beautiful wife Lauren Sommersby (Jodie Foster), who is actually engaged to another fellow. Sommersby returns as a completely different, loving, working, and caring person, and makes everyone believe he is back. In fact, his romantic relationship with Lauren achieves its most sublime point. He convinces the town to grow tobacco to get out of the wreckage and devastation and is quite successful at that. He even sells pieces of land to dark people to work with.

Everything seems fine until the moment that he is arrested and sent to trail for supposedly killing a man. At this precise moment, his identity is utterly challenged. He is hypothetically not Jack Sommersby, but some other murderer called Townsend. Judie Foster does a superb job at trying to convince the Judge and the Jury that he is not in fact her husband giving away even intimate details. However, Jack himself does the contrary since for him his love for his children and wife and the honor involved are more important than life itself.

I am not about to convey the end of the story. I will only say that this is a great DVD to watch and will leave you wondering who is Jack Sommersby indeed.

By the way, the performances of Richard Gere and Judie Foster are both outstanding, and this is a DVD that you will never forget until the end of your life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching romance May 25, 2003
I am a dyed-in-the-wool romantic. When I went to see this film in the theatre several years ago, I only knew it was a romance based on the French film The Return of Martin Guerre. (I knew nothing about the original film either.) I found Sommersby to be a very charming love story, everything I expected a romance to be. I'm not a fan of Richard Gere, but I enjoyed his performance as Jack and he and Jodie Foster had excellent chemstry. What I didn't expect was the way the film ended. As the film moved towards it's conclusion, I reached for the tissues only to find I didn't have any! I thus sat there struggling to keep the tears at bay (it didn't work :) )
But it's not just a romance, there is a tinge of mystery. Jack Sommersby, we assume from what we see on the screen, was not a nice person before the war. He comes back a changed man -- is it indeed Jack Sommersby -- or is it someone else?
For those who enjoy a good period romance movie, this is an excellent choice. If you enjoy a good cry, again, an excellent choice.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby Is One of the Best Movies in All Time!!! March 25, 2001
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When I wanted to rent this movie, I knew that I picked up a special treasure.
Sommersby is everything a person wants to find in a movie. It is about human spirit and about human nature and how people lives can interact with each other. And a person can find happiness if it is only for a short matter of time.
Jack Sommersby has came back from the war after six years of abstinence. In this time, no one has heard from him until he shows up. And when he does, his wife Laurel honor him by not leaving his side.
Laurel is taken by surprise by this "new" Jack Sommersby. The "old" Jack Sommersby was a drunk, gambler, abuser, and care for no one himself and only himself. Laurel instantly fall for the new Jack, someone who she always wanted and always wanted to fall in love with.
The question pops up in her mind and everyone else's: Can a man really change over six years from a tyrant to a loving saint? Or does he really appears to be who everyone thinks that they know?
Sommersby is about unconditional love, and it is about a man that brings joy and renewal into the lives for others. I certainly never forget Sommersby!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I order this for a very good friend. He said this was the best movie he had ever seen and was wanting it on DVD. I knew Amazon would have it
Published 26 days ago by Karen White
2.0 out of 5 stars These actors deserve a better theme
Far-fetched story about a Civil War veteran (or impostor) who assumes the identity of another man to become a do-gooder for the community, then is executed for the crimes of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. M. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. Excellent acting
I loved this movie. Finally I could play on DVD player. Richard Gere and Jodie Foster excelled in this film.
Published 2 months ago by Jean from Balto
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
What could be more wonderful than watching a movie with Richard Gere and Jodi Foster staring in it. I highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby
I love, love, love this movie!
I can watch it over and over again,
Its a perfect movie, for a nite in.
Published 3 months ago by Martha Hurtado
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
It just goes to show that a good movie can be made that is family friendly. I highly recomend this movie.
Published 3 months ago by Randy Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
one of my all time favorite moves, so glad I found it, want to get on DVD. I I I
Published 3 months ago by Becky R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMMERSBY (The Movie)
Richard Gere and Jody Foster really work well together and this movie captures and holds your attention for the whole 2 hrs. I highly recommend this movie. Terry
Published 4 months ago by Terry Oldham
5.0 out of 5 stars Sommersby
Sommersby is one of my old time favorites. I wanted to keep this movie in my collection so I replaced my VHS with a DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great classic great cast great concept because it could really happen Jodi and Richard were great together what else is there
Published 4 months ago by wendy
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