False Identity (1990)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Waylaid and left for dead by an enemy agent, U.S. intelligence officer Harlan Erickkson (Stacy Keach) awakens with amnesia. Because his assailant had switched clothes and identification with him, Erickkson now believes that he's the enemy spy. The authorities think so too, and lock up Erickkson for nearly 20 years. Upon his release, Erickkson, still suffering from memory loss, is inexorably drawn to his home town. Once we meet his family, we can understand why Erickkson has blocked out his prior existence! The film segues from an espionage melodrama to a "family skeleton" affair straight out of Faulkner. Veronica Cartwright and Genevieve Bujold, cast respectively as Keach's bibulous sister-in-law and a local radio deejay, do what they can with impossibly written roles. False Identity was directed by star Stacy Keach's brother James.



alcoholism, amnesia, corruption, deception, espionage, ex-convict, family, family-member, investigator, killing, maniac, mental-illness, prison, psychiatry, Purple-Heart, release