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10th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Bourne Identity'

The Playlist By The Playlist Staff | The Playlist June 14, 2012 at 2:01PM

Ten years and one day ago, Doug Liman was an independent director with a couple of critical favorites behind him. Ten years and one day ago, Matt Damon was the promising writer/star of "Good Will Hunting" who's seemingly squandered his potential on a string of questionable choices, kept on the A-list only by his presence in "Ocean's Eleven." Ten years and one day ago, the spy genre was increasingly tired, with the Bond movies moving into new levels of ridiculousness (that year's "Die Another Day" would introduce Madonna and invisible cars to the series).
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Bourne Identity Clive Owen
5. The film's actually a remake. Sort of.
The film was greeted as a breath of fresh air when it was released, but few recalled that there'd already been a version of "The Bourne Identity" on screen, albeit the small one -- a 185 minute TV movie that ran on ABC across two nights in 1988. Starring Richard Chamberlain ("The Towering Inferno" "King Solomon's Mines") as Bourne, Jaclyn Smith ("Charlie's Angels") as Marie, and Donald Moffatt ("The Thing") as Abbott, with Yorgo Voyagis, Denholm Elliott and Anthony Quayle ("Lawrence of Arabia") in other parts, the film, directed by TV vet Roger Young and penned by Carol Sobieski ("Fried Green Tomatoes"), it's a much more faithful adaptation of the novel, retaining Carlos as a villain. However, there are some differences -- Carlos is responsible for killing Bourne's wife and children, and in an eyebrow-raising move of "Inglourious Basterds"-esque historical inaccuracy, is killed at the conclusion of the film. It's not terrible, as such, but is a far more staid and traditional kind of spy caper, and certainly suffers in comparison to Liman's film. -- Oliver Lyttelton and Rodrigo Perez

This article is related to: 5 Things You Might Not Know About..., The Bourne Legacy, Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, On This Day In Movie History, Doug Liman, Tony Gilroy


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