Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, video, DVD, 5 Aug 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A successful lawyer’s life is turned upside down when he is shot during a robbery and loses his memory. His journey to finding himself takes him to places he never imagined.
My Take on it – I saw this is the theater in the summer of 1991. I was a counselor in a camp in upstate NY and on my day off each week, I would go with friends to see new movies. This was one of them. I also saw T2: Judgement Day (1991), Point Break (1991), Mobsters (1991) and What About Bob? (1991) to name a few.
This is one of numerous movies that try to show how a life changing event in one’s life can cause a catharsis allowing them to re-evaluate their own lives and make changes based on that re-evaluation. I think this movie is one of the best in the genre ever made. Harrison Ford is amazing here as the protagonist and Annette Benning is his loving wife who must also cope with changes in her life and status.
I read that Ford didn’t want to do this movie so soon after he saw Presumed Innocent (1990) because he feared he would be typecast as a lawyer. He eventually agreed since he is only in a courtroom in the first scene.
Written by a young JJ Abrams who would later go on to be one of the hottest Directors in Hollywood
Bottom Line – Great movie. Ford and Benning are both excellent. Highly Recommended
Rating – Oscar Worthy