Rated: PG-13 For mature content. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 5, 1993 Released by: Warner Brothers
The Civil War is over and a man who could or could not be Jack Sommersby (Richard Gere) returns home. After not hearing from him for six years, his wife Laurel (Jodie Foster), young son (Brett Kelly) and the small Tennessee town he left behind, think him dead.
Jack fins his home rundown, and his once-fertile cotton growing land barren after years of war, but he rallies the townspeople into selling off their few possessions and buying tobacco seed to crop.
Laurel wants to believe that his new kinder, gentler version of Jack is really her husband. The one who left was a hard-drinking bully who never had a kind word for her and the one who returned is attentive and loving.
There are some other clues that call Jack's identity into question. The family dog doesn't recognize him and when being fitted for new boots, it seems his foot size has shrunk two sizes.
When Jack's arrested for murder and brought to Nashville for trial (James Earl Jones plays the fair minded judge) his wife and friends have to come to grips with his real identity.
Foster has never been more soft and vulnerable and Gere is both masculine and tender; together they bring a terrifically beautiful, loving relationship to the screen.