Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1988 - THE BOURNE IDENTITY, the first version

No this is not the Matt Damon version but a TV mini series which actually follows the plot of the Robert Ludum novel, something the Damon version never bothered with.

The film stars Richard Chamberlain and Jaclyn Smith.  Chamberlain had an OK film career but he was really big stuff on TV staring in such mini series as Shogun, The Thorn Birds and Centennial.
These were all big budget TV shows from the early 1980's.  The Bourne Identity is Chamberlain a little past his time, but an acting professional is an acting professional and he does pretty good playing the amnesiac spy.

Chamberlain's co-star is Jaclyn Smith who is chiefly remembered as one of the original Charlie's Angels from the campy old TV show.  She was never much of an actor but she looked great and was able to say her lines without bumping into the furniture when she was on set.  

The Bourne Identity is a film for people who prefer the Jason Bourne character with a plot and without all the spastic camera movement that the film series with Damon brought to the cinema.  The mini-series isn't bad but it definitely has that TV vibe to it.

185 minutes

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