The Bourne Identity parents guide

The Bourne Identity

Just because you can't remember who you are, doesn't mean everyone else has forgotten too.

Overall C-

On a storm-ravaged night, fishermen working on the Mediterranean haul in a bullet punctured body floating in the ocean. When their "catch" revives, he has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Set ashore, the amnesia sufferer (Matt Damon) sets out to discover who he is. But someone out there already knows-- and they're out to net him dead or alive.

Release date June 13, 2002

Violence D+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C-
Substance Use C+

Why is The Bourne Identity rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Bourne Identity PG-13 for violence and some language.

Run Time: 119 minutes

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The Bourne Identity
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Bourne Identity rated PG-13? The Bourne Identity is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for violence and some language.

Violence: D+

Body is seen floating in a turbulent ocean. Character operates on man to remove bullets, includes use of knife, some blood seen. Contains numerous scenes of character being attacked and graphic hand-to-hand combat including the use of objects. Characters exchange gunfire, innocent bystanders at risk. Soldiers storm building. Man kicked and knocked down stairs. Characters discuss assassination attempts. Man arms himself with a kitchen knife. Character breaks through windowpane, starts shooting with automatic weapon; fight ensues, with blood shown. Character graphically stabbed with letter opener. Character jumps to his death. A character that was shot in head is shown. Couple argues briefly. Car chase with crashes, reckless driving and property damage is shown. Characters identify body in morgue. Sniper kills man. Man roughly pushes woman. Character breaks into home. Gas tank is shot and blows up. Characters stalk and fire shots at one another; man dies (some blood). Dog is assumed killed and children are threatened. Character holds a gun to man’s head in front of his children. Characters push and punch one another. Gunfire in apartment building causes damage and leaves numerous agents dead. Character killed by own agents, shots are fired directly into body.

Sexual Content: B-

Brief scene shows a Couple kissing passionately: woman’s bare shoulders and man’s chest and back are seen. Woman is seen in bra. Couple embraces.

Language: C-

Includes one extreme sexual expletive, five moderate and 11 mild profanities and 16 uses of terms of Deity for expletives.

Alcohol / Drug Use: C+

Characters smoke in several scenes. Customer drinks at a bar. Woman under stress comments on needing a drink; drinks directly from bottle.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Woman vomits and appears to suffer some form of shock following stressful encounter. Government officials are involved in cover-up scheme.

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The Bourne Identity
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence, Coarse Language
Alberta 14A
Manitoba PG Violence.
Ontario Not Rated AA-Adult Accompaniment/ Violence
Quebec 13+ Violence
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "The Bourne Identity"

Cast and Crew

The Bourne Identity is directed by Doug Liman and stars Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Bourne Identity movie is May 6, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Bourne Identity (Steelbook)

Release Date: 6 May 2014

The Bourne Identity re-releases to home video (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL with UltraViolet) in a Steelbook edition (meaning packaged in a steel case), with the following bonus materials:

- Digital Copy of The Bourne Identity

- Includes UltraViolet

- U-Control: Treadstone Files

- U-Control: Bourne Orientation

- U-Control: Picture in Picture

- Feature Commentary with Doug Liman

- The Ludlum Identity

- The Ludlum Supremacy

- The Ludlum Ultimatum

- Alternate Opening

- Alternate Ending

- Deleted Scenes

- Extended Farmhouse Scene

- The Birth of The Bourne Identity

- The Bourne Mastermind: Robert Ludlum

- Access Granted: An Interview with Screenwriter Tony Gilroy

- From Identity to Supremacy: Jason & Marie

- The Bourne Diagnosis

- Cloak and Daggar: Covert OPs

- Inside a Fight Sequence

- Moby “Extreme Ways” Music Video

- BD-Live: Download Center

- BD-Live: My Scenes Sharing

- BD-Live: My Chat

- BD-Live: The Bourne Identity Commentary

- BD-Live: Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

- The Bookend Scenes: Never-Before-Seen Opening and Alternate Ending

- Cloak and Dagger: Covert Ops

- The Speed of Sound

- Declassified Information

- Feature Commentary with Director Doug Liman

DVD Release Date: 11 December 2007

The movie is also available as part of The Jason Bourne Collection, which packages together the entire franchise (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum).

Related home video titles:

For another movie with a “man on the run” theme try The 39 Steps, while Cast Away deals with a man stripped of his identity.

This film is the first in a franchise. Its sequels are The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.