Sommersby

Synopsis: Set in the south of the United States just after the Civil War, Laurel Sommersby is just managing to work the farm without her husband Jack, believed killed in the Civil War. By all accounts, Jack Sommersby was not a pleasant man, thus when he returns, Laurel has mixed emotions. It appears that Jack has changed a great deal, leading some people to believe that this is not actually Jack but an impostor. Laurel herself is unsure, but willing to take the man into her home, and perhaps later into her heart...
Director(s): Jon Amiel
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  2 wins.
 
IMDB:
6.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
PG-13
Year:
1993
114 min
60 Views


[GRUNTING]

This is it. Bye for now.

BOY:

Bye.

Howdy.

Good piece of land.

It was.

- Still is.

TRAVIS:
Hey, buck!

Yeah, yeah.

Travis is calling you.

Do I know you?

Well, ought to.

How did you lose that arm there, boy?

Woke up in Chickamauga

one morning without it.

Somebody deal you

a losing hand there...

Buckaboo?

Jack?

Now tell me,

you found yourself a one-titty woman...

or you just take that one hand there

and whup it back and forth?

Jack!

[BOTH LAUGHING]

TRAVIS:

It's Sommersby!

Oh, my Lord.

Get on down here!

[ALL SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY]

TRAVIS:

The hero has returned!

MAN:

Good to see you, Jack.

[ALL CONTINUE CHATTERING]

Good to see you back!

MAN:
Jack!

- What are you doing here?

- It's me, Brian. Brian Brown.

- Brian, yeah, Brian.

MAN:
You remember Brian.

- You got whiskers now, boy!

CLEMMONS:

Ever think you'd see him again? Ha-ha-ha.

[SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

LAUREL:

Whoa there, boy. What's after you, huh?

- Your husband.

- Who? What did you say?

- He's coming, ma'am.

- Who?

Mr. Sommersby.

LAUREL:

Get in the house!

Come on! Come on!

[ALL LAUGHING]

JACK:

Look at you!

You old man, now look!

By God, there's another good man

the damn Yankees didn't get!

Come on over here

and say hello to Will.

Will.

Look here who I got here.

Jack Sommersby.

"They, uh"

They sent him back to me

like that from Vicksburg.

- Will's a hero. Ain't that right?

- Hello, reverend.

Well, well, well.

Welcome home, Jack.

We thank the Lord for bringing you back.

Thank you, sir.

Is Laurel all right?

Well, she's gonna be surprised now,

ain't she?

- Six years is a long time without any word.

- Well.

ESTHER:

Come on, where is he now?

Look at you!

You look like a sack of bones.

[ALL CHUCKLE]

Well, kind of hard to get Esther dumplings

where I've been.

Oh, Lord, Mr. Jack.

You're home, you're home, you're home.

Everybody here is missing somebody.

Both Ezzel boys

and their daddy got killed...

and everybody that

ain't dead is leaving.

This town finished, Mr. Jack.

Ain't nothing left here

but hard ground and nobody to work it.

[PEOPLE CHATTERING]

MAN:

Y'all hush up, now.

Go say hello to your daddy, son.

Go on now.

Hello, Robert.

I'd forgotten how beautiful you were.

[ALL CHEERING]

[DOG BARKING]

JACK:

Jethro!

Hey, boy)'-

[BARKING]

Hey. Hey-

Come on, boy. Come on.

BUCK:

Hey, Jack!

I hear old Tom Clemmons' pig

will be swallowing a stick tonight!

[PEOPLE LAUGHING AND CHATTERING]

JACK:
I was down there

in the weeds, kind of waiting...

for the damn smoke

to get blowed away.

And the next thing I know...

Thank you, darling.

Next thing I know,

there's this, uh, big old rifle butt...

floating down out of the sky there,

just kind of taking its time...

like I had all day

to get away from it.

Hmm.

When I come to, I was on my way

to prison in Elmira.

BUCK:
I heard that was the worst one.

- Yeah, well.

I couldn't even remember

my own name at that point.

MAN:

Hmm.

What'd you do

to your hand there, Jack?

Oh, a guard stomped on it.

Don't hold things too good now.

- You can still hold a straight flush, can't you?

ALL:
Ha, ha.

DICK:
And the other things that are important.

- Ha-ha-ha.

What'd you do in prison?

Starve, froze, like everybody else.

[BAND PLAYING COUNTRY MUSIC]

Evening, folks.

Better take some of this while you can.

I guess you don't remember me, sir.

Joseph.

Joseph!

Yes! Yes, I do remember. Yeah.

My daddy paid $100 for you.

Yes, sir.

Why don't you come on in now?

BUCK:

Jack! Hey, Jack!

Yeah, all right.

No, thank you, sir.

We just come by here

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Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer (born December 24, 1945) is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature film series, and the 1983 television movie The Day After. Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), where he adapted his own novel into a screenplay. He has also been nominated for a Satellite Award, three Emmy Awards, and has won four Saturn Awards. He appeared as himself during the 2017 On Cinema spinoff series The Trial, during which he testified about Star Trek and San Francisco. more…

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