Synopsis: Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about events and places that he can't remember. He meets pet shop owner and part time private detective Gus Klein who is supposedly done some work for him prior to the accident. Klein helps Merrick to find out more about his past and true identity.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Wolfgang Petersen
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

How do you feel?

I'm Dr. Berkus,

Marin County Hospital...

and you are one

very lucky woman, Mrs. Merrick.

I wish I could say the same

for your husband.


We're doing everything we can,

but you have to understand...

he went all the way down

in that car.

He's in a deep coma.


it's me, darling.

It's Judith.


It's me...


We call that

psychogenic amnesia.

The patient doesn't know

his name, his family...

his personal history.

Everything else, he remembers...

the year, who's president.

He can drive a car.

He can function professionally.

But anything personal

is out of reach.

For how long?

Could be... a week.

I'm going to have to be honest.

It could also be permanent.

Mexico. Cabo San Lucas...

Our vacation with Jeb

and Jenny last year.

Oh, darling, don't.

I'm so afraid.

There's nothing

to be afraid of.

You're alive.

And you're not alone.

I'll always be with you.


Do you know who they are?

Sure. You told me.

That's Jeb and Jenny Scott.

She's kind of attractive.

Oh, yeah. She also writes

horoscopes and reads palms.

I take it she's not an active

part of the business.

Her contribution

to Merrick-Scott development...

is to spend Jeb's money so fast

it keeps him hustling.


He's a real killer.

Remember, I told you...

It hurts. It hurts!

You know the therapist said

you have to do this.

They had this on the jukebox...

in that funky little bar

in Mexico.

You put it on so many times...

some drunk offered us

10,000 pesos to give it a rest.

Did we accept?

10,000 pesos is only $5.00.

We were insulted.

Dan, should I tell you...

what I want more than anything?

When we're through here...

I want to go back to Mexico.

Jeb can ride out

the marina development.

That's his baby anyway.

And besides, he owes you, Dan.

We need time together.


Sounds OK to me.

After I get back

to San Francisco...

find out where I live,

where I work.


Shall I tell you

what we used to do there...

on that beach at night?

Shall I tell you?

Shall I?



Yes. Yes, I do.

That's the Transamerica

building, right?

Right, and on the 36th floor...

Merrick-Scott Development.

Oh, wow.

Hey, I know this place.

You really remember?

Well, I don't know...

but I could swear

I've been here before.

Don't say anything.


Oh, hi, Jeb.

No. We just got back.

Oh, he's fine.

He's a little tired.


thanks, Jeb, but you know...

we just want to lie low

for the first few days.

That would be great.

No. I promise.


Well, maybe next weekend.


Love to Jenny. Bye.


Stop! No! Dan!

Darling, I'm here to help.


We were warned

this might happen.

Remember, we're a team.

We'll face this together.

There's something

about this room.

These mirrors

just make me crazy.

I'm so sorry.

If something here upsets you,

let's just go away.

We'll leave tonight

if you want to.

I don't want to go.

Whatever you want.



Where'd you get thrown out?

I don't know.

Up there somewhere.

I was pretty smashed, huh?

Well, Jeb's idea of playing host

is soak the guests.

He did everything

but pour it over our heads.


happy New Year.

You know what I like

about amnesia?


Well, after seven years

of marriage...

I get to fall in love with you

all over again.

Oh, Dan.

I mean it.

Hey, was I always

this sentimental?

No, but don't stop.

- Hi.

- Oh, Jenny.

Is something wrong?

No. I was just running

for the phone.

- How's Dan? Is he OK?

- Yes.


Everything's fine?

Yes. Dan's getting back

to his old routines.

That's great, great news.


Back in shape?

Yes, he is.


Yes, he does, Jenny.

He looks great.

He sounds sexier than ever.

So here you are.

Jenny tried to bully us...

into going over there

for dinner tonight...

but I said you weren't

quite ready for it.


Is something the matter?

We can go over there

if you want to.

I just thought...


I'd like to go.

Hell of a thing, pal,

when you think about it, huh?

Start a new life,

see everything with a fresh eye.

Kind of like being a kid again.

It definitely has its upside.

Boy, when I think of some of

the things I'd like to forget.

Like the time when I was 15...

I took Mary Louise McBirney...

to Lou Ann's Diner on a date.

I came up two bucks short.

She called her father

to come and bail us out.

He called me

"a pathetic little pissant!"

He spoke like that.

Anyway, he scared

the sh*t out of me.

I couldn't get it up

again for two years.

I was a virgin

until I was seventeen.

Dan, it's so good

to have you home.

I can't even imagine how ghastly

this has been for you.

We really wanted

to visit you...

in the hospital,

but Judith just insisted...

Oh, lord. It wasn't me, Jenny.

It was the doctors.

The psychiatrist

vetoed all visits...

till the surgery was over.

I thought Dan needed...

all the memory stimulation

he could get...

but the doctors

left it all to me.

It's been very strange

and very wonderful.

Like being shipwrecked

on a desert island...

having to rediscover

each other again.

All right. Let's get serious.

When do you think you might

want to, you know...

start phasing your way

back into the office?


Look, I didn't mean

to rush you, pal.

I gotta back and forth

to L.A. All week.

Well, l...

No. No. I don't...

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Wolfgang Petersen

Wolfgang Petersen (born 14 March 1941) is a German film director and screenwriter. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for the World War II submarine warfare film Das Boot (1981). His other films include The NeverEnding Story (1984), Enemy Mine (1985), In the Line of Fire (1993), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997), The Perfect Storm (2000), Troy (2004), and Poseidon (2006). more…

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