The Bourne Identity is a 1988 television movie adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel The Bourne Identity. The film follows the storyline of the novel, with a run-time of 3 hours 5 min. With commercials added, the running time was extended to four hours, and the film was first shown on ABC in two two-hour installments over two nights. The film's plot exhibits some differences from that of the novel. The undercover identity of Jason Bourne is simplified. In the book, David Webb pretends to be Jason Bourne, who operates as an assassin called Cain. In the film, the name Cain is left out. In the film, Carlos is shown to be responsible for killing Webb's wife and child, which is not the case in the novel. In the book's ending, Carlos escapes in the confusion whereas in the film he is gunned down by David Webb.
Sporting some pretty impressive outfits (and prosthetics), Damon and Douglas grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly as Liberace and his lover to promote the upcoming HBO biopic on the infamous musician.