The Bourne Identity DVD 1988 / Directed by Roger Young / Starring: Richard Chamerlain, Jaclyn Smith, Anthony Quayle, Donald Moffat

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The Bourne Identity DVD 1988 / Directed by Roger Young / Starring: Richard Chamerlain, Jaclyn Smith, Anthony Quayle, Donald Moffat

UPC 085392356522

ISBN: 0790773058 / 9780790773056 / 978-0790773056



AUDIO: English 2.0, French mono

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Total Runtime: 188 minutes


English Description:

The Bourne Identity is a 1988 American mystery action thriller television movie adaptation of Robert Ludlum's 1980 novel The Bourne Identity.[1] The film adaptation was written by Carol Sobieski, directed by Roger Young for Warner Bros. Television with Richard Chamberlain in the title role, along with Jaclyn Smith. It follows the storyline of the original novel, with a run-time of 3 hours 5 min. With commercials added, the running time was extended to four hours. The film was first shown on ABC in two two-hour installments over two nights. The film was the last TV film for both Anthony Quayle and Denholm Elliott.


Differences from the book

The film exhibits some differences from the novel by Ludlum. The undercover identity of Jason Bourne is simplified to "Bourne" pursuing Carlos rather than using the code name "Cain". Alexander Conklin is killed by one of his own people when attempting to confront Bourne; in the novel he survives and appears in subsequent novels. In the book's ending, Carlos the Jackal escapes in the confusion, whereas in the film he is killed in the climactic battle with Bourne.



  • Richard Chamberlain as Jason Bourne
  • Jaclyn Smith as Marie St. Jacques
  • Anthony Quayle as Gen. François Villiers
  • Donald Moffat as David Abbott
  • Shane Rimmer as Alexander Conklin
  • Yorgo Voyagis as Carlos
  • Denholm Elliott as Dr. Geoffrey Washburn
  • Peter Vaughan as Fritz Koenig
  • Michael Habeck as The Fat Man
  • Wolf Kahler as Gold Glasses
  • Philip Madoc as D'Armacourt
  • Bill Wallis as Chernak



Genre Action
Based on The Bourne Identity
by Robert Ludlum
Screenplay by Carol Sobieski
Directed by Roger Young
Starring Richard Chamberlain
Jaclyn Smith
Anthony Quayle
Donald Moffat
Denholm Elliott
Music by Laurence Rosenthal
Country of origin United States
Original language English
Executive producer Alan Shayne
Producers Frederick Muller
Martin Rabbett (co-producer)
Gayle Scott (associate producer)
Carol Sobieski (supervising producer)
Production locations Théoule-sur-Mer, France
St Ermin's Hotel, Caxton Street, Westminster, London, England
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe, Paris 8, Paris, France
La Defense, Paris, France
Alpes-Maritimes, France
French Riviera, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Regensberg, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland
Zürich, Kanton Zürich, Switzerland
Park Avenue and E. 71 Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts
Editors Ellen Ring Jacobson
Benjamin A. Weissman
Running time 185 minutes
Production companies Alan Shayne Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor ABC
Original network ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Mono
Stereo (remix for video release)
Original release May 8, 1988



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