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First-rate international espionage thriller loosely based on the first book (published in 1981) of Robert Ludlum's trilogy, previously filmed as a 1988 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain. A young man (Damon) gets fished out of the ocean with a couple of bullet holes and amnesia--his only clue a numbered Swiss account. This reveals he has multiple identities, including that of Jason Bourne, who has an apartment in Paris. To get there, Bourne pays free-spirited Marie (Potente) for a ride. As Bourne tries to piece his past together, he learns he's a highly efficient assassin for a covert CIA operation and his boss (Cooper) considers him a rogue operative and is trying to kill him.

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Available on Running time 118 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Books to Film: Robert Ludlum, Amnesia, Assassination, Hit Men/Women, Spies & Espionage, Paris, Jason Bourne
Tony Gilroy, W(illiam) Blake Herron
Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles, Gabriel Mann, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Walton Goggins, Josh Hamilton, Tim Dutton
Oliver Wood
Doug Liman
John Powell
Bernard Bats, Julianne Jordan
Patrick Crowley, Richard N. Gladstein, Doug Liman, Hypnotic, Universal Pictures

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The Bourne Identity
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This is a really great movie! When a body is recovered at sea still alive, Jason seems to have forgotten everything in life, including who he was. Eventually he begins to remember smaller details in life and soon finds out that his name was Jason Bourne. What he doesn't like is that a gun and fake passports also belong to him. Now Bourne, and his new friend, Marie Helena Kreutz (Potente) travel from country to country in search of his new identity. But, someone else is not happy to see him alive, and is frantically trying to track him down.