Director: The Bourne Identity
Stars: Franka Potente, Matt Damon, Chris Cooper
Plot: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and suffering from amnesia. He tries to rebuild his memory based on clues such as a Swiss bank account, the number of which is implanted in his hip. He soon realizes that he is being hunted and takes off with Marie on a search to find out who he is - and why he is being hunted
n the beginning of the film Jason Bourne is looking in the mirror and says, "Weet je wie ik ben? Hou dan godverdomme op met dat gezeik en zeg het me." It's Nederlands and means, "Do you know who I am? Then cut the goddamn bullshit and tell me.
The name Bourne came from Ansel Bourne, a preacher in Rhode Island, the first documented case of "dissociative fugue", a condition not unlike dissociative amnesia or dissociative identity disorder (multiple personality disorder). One day in 1887 he forgot who he was, started a new life in Pennsylvania under the name Brown, and opened a convenience store. About three months later, he woke up and not only remembered his life as Bourne, but forgot all of his life as Brown... and needless to say was quite confused as to why he was in Pennsylvania.
Most of the US Marines in the Zurich consulate were actual Marine Security Guards assigned to embassies in Europe, at the request of producer Frank Marshall. They used their own uniforms, worked with the director on dialogue (eventually cut), and developed the tactics they use in clearing the embassy.
The region in Greece shown at the end of the movie is the island of Mykonos in the Aegean sea.
Brad Pitt was offered the role of Jason Bourne, but turned it down to do Spy Game (2001).
The type of martial arts used by Jason Bourne is a combination of Filpino Kali along with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. Krav Maga is widely mistaken as being used in this film.
At Doug Liman's instruction, screenwriter Tony Gilroy did not read the "Bourne Identity" novel; instead, he worked solely from an outline prepared by Liman.
Matt Damon climbed down the last 30 feet of the building himself, without a stunt double.
Because of 9/11 the producers decided to make the film more relevant by discarding the opening and closing sequences and replacing them with alternates. The story originally opened in Mykynos and the plot was told in flashback.
In the book The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, the main bad guy is a real life criminal genius, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez of Venezuela, better known as Carlos the Jackal.
The secret C.I.A cell Treadstone is inspired by the real life secret C.I.A cell 'The Enterprise', which organised the Iran-Contra affair. The character of Conklin is based on Oliver North while Ward Abbott is a combination of John Poindexter & Robert McFarlane.
In an earlier draft of the screenplay, Marie was American, her surname was Purcell and she had green hair. Final drafts had her name changed to Kreutz, her nationality changed to German and she was given multicolored hair.
The film has almost nothing to do with the original novel, while the 1988 mini-series The Bourne Identity (1988) with Richard Chamberlain followed the novel very closely.
Doug Liman set out to make this film with the feel of the movie inspired by Run Lola Run (1998), in which Franka Potente (who plays Marie in this movie) played the main part.
During production, Universal constantly sent memos to the director Doug Liman after viewing dailies. One such memo urged Liman to consider using a montage, accompanied by suitable wrap up music, to introduce the final act "like Tony Scott shoots". Liman sent the studio a message back, letting them know that if that's the ending they wanted, maybe they should hire Tony Scott to film it.
Due to the tumultuous relationship between Universal and director Doug Liman, when the sequel was considered, Universal shopped the film around to other directors.
In 1983, Universal had planned to make this with Burt Reynolds as Jason Bourne and Jack Clayton as director. Due to Reynolds busy schedule, the movie stalled.
Several different endings were considered. One in which all the Treadstone assassins converge on Bourne who is aboard a cargo ship. A pursuit occurs through the hold of the ship. Another ending was considered where Bourne is pursued by assassins on motorbikes with rockets. Lead actor Damon reportedly hated this scripted ending and refers to it as "that damn damn rocket and motorbikes ending." Damon felt the gun-blazing-style ending went against the reality and grit that the earlier parts of the screenplay had set up.
The film was originally scheduled to be released in June 2001, but was delayed because of re-shoots ordered by director Doug Liman, including the car chase that takes place in the middle of the film.
The small red duffel bag Jason Bourne takes from Gemeinschaft Bank in Zurich early in the movie when he cleans out the safety deposit box, and later gives to Marie when he sends her away, shows up again towards the end of the film as a hanging planter in Marie's scooter rental shop.