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Attorney John Cox and his wife, Joan, have filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million against the creators of the movie "Regarding Henry," saying the movie is based on a manuscript about their life.

The suit says the movie contains at least 108 similarities between the movie's main character, Henry Turner played by actor Harrison Ford, and Cox, who suffered severe head injuries in a 1979 motorcycle accident."I feel grossly ripped off," said Joan Cox, who wrote the 500-page manuscript titled "Breaking the Tape" after her husband's convalescence. "We're going to fight this. We're going to go after them."

The lawsuit, filed Monday by New York attorney Carl E. Person, names screenwriter Jeffrey J. Abrams, Paramount Pictures Corp., International Creative Management and movie producers Scott Rudin and Mike Nichols.

According to the suit, Cox, a prominent attorney and the father of four young children, was left incapacitated when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a car in Evansville on July 2, 1979.

Cox was unconscious for more than a month. When he emerged from a coma, his left side was paralyzed. After 19 months of extensive rehabilitation Cox returned to his law practice.

Joan Cox's manuscript details how the tragic accident affected the family, their relationships and the struggle to overcome personal and professional setbacks.

"I was having a lot of trouble dealing with all of this. The recovery was traumatic for us and our four children," Joan Cox said.

Joan Cox said after his recovery, John Cox bought her a typewriter and told her to "put your money where your mouth is."

Joan Cox submitted her manuscript to several publishers, who rejected it. After several rejections, she put the manuscript away.

But in 1988, attorney Philip Hayes urged the couple to write a story about their experience. When they said a manuscript had been developed, Hayes offered to submit the document to book publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in New York.

When the manuscript was not returned after 12 weeks, Joan Cox contacted the publisher. It took more than 15 months before a photocopy of the original manuscript was returned in July 1990 along with a rejection letter.

The movie "Regarding Henry" was released in July 1991.