People remember Jack Sommersby. They know him as a bitter, loutish man. But when Jack returns home after the Civil War, he’s tender, caring and resourceful. Has the war changed him…or is the man calling himself Jack Sommersby an impostor?
Richard Gere and two-time ACADEMY AWARD® Winner Jodie Foster* are a match for the ages in this period romance rich in mystery, detail and splendid performances. They portray Jack and Laurel Sommersby, whose love grows as suspicion about Jack mounts. If he isn’t the man she married, Laurel knows he is the man she always wanted. But an ultimate test of their love and Jack’s identity awaits. Jack must stand trial for his life and the outcome makes one thing sure: you’ll remember Sommersby.
*Best Actress for The Accused (1988) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).
Cast & Crew
Though there is a near vaccuum at the center of the film, Sommersby is never boring, largely because of Ms. Foster's beautifully self-possessed presence.
From start to finish, it is a well-crafted film: part love story, part mystery, and all drama.
It's really an old-fashioned hankie-soaker with Gere and Foster ably jerking tears. An odd yet convincing couple, they won't replace Rhett and Scarlet, and frankly, my dears, who can? But belles wring and bosoms heave in a manner most pleasing.
If you're looking for a picturesque romance -- with a little intrigue on the side -- you could do worse than Sommersby.