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Richard Gere and Academy Award winner Jodie Foster star in this romantic story of a man who comes home from the United States' Civil War a deeply changed man. Seven years have passed since Jack Sommersby (Gere) left as a soldier, and the war has been over for two years. His wife, Laurel (Foster), has kept their farm and is now engaged. But when Sommersby returns, she quickly ends the engagement to live with her formerly brutal husband, who is now kind, caring and successful. But Sommersby and his wife share secrets about his past that will rock their community if, and when, they are revealed.]]>
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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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Considering when this film was made, everything was so very well-done. The acting was first-class, the cinematography was beautiful, and the story was superb.Published 3 days ago by 40-love
What a great story. I love period movies as long as they're played by good actors.Published 1 month ago by Karen Budd
I just love this movie. Jodie Foster and Richard Gere are excellent.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best movies I've seen. Richard Gere is a favorite of mine and he is an excellent actor. Recommend Highly.Published 1 month ago by J.Mendes
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