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The Impostors (1998)

R | | Comedy | 2 October 1998 (USA)
In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ... See full summary »

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Walker Jones ...
Maitre D'
Jessica Walling ...
Attractive Woman
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Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall ...
Claudius in "Hamlet"
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Bernardo in "Hamlet"
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Ted Blumberg ...
Francisco in "Hamlet"
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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents. Of course, the lead actor end up on the ship as well. Also, a madman (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship and Steve Buscemi is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer named Happy Frank. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Why be yourself when you can be somebody else? See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Ship of Fools  »

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Box Office

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$308,767, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

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$2,197,921, 10 January 1999
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Trivia

The incident in which Alfred Molina's character slaps Mike Malloy's with a sword during a performance is based on a real-life incident in which actor Nicol Williamson struck a fellow actor on the buttocks with a sword during a performance of "I Hate Hamlet." Williamson also exemplified his disdain for the play and his cast mates by breaking character and badmouthing the material on and off stage. See more »

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The song, "Skokiaan" is used in the movie which takes place in the 1930s. However, "Skokiaan" was not released until 1947. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maurice: [as they discuss an act which they did] I'm sorry.
Arthur: You stole my death.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, the entire cast performs a line dance, starting on the ocean liner set and working their way out of the soundstage. See more »

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References Some Like It Hot (1959) See more »

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The Nearness of You
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington
Performed by Steve Buscemi
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A very funny film that reflects the golden age of Hollywood
21 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

A very amusing film. It has elements of the Marx bros, Laurel and Hardy, Grand Hotel and Some Like It Hot. Really an homage to the screwball comedy films of the 30's that were chock full of great character actors. The plot is skimpy at best but half the fun is guessing the previous credits for the great cast. Look for an un-credited performance by Woody Allen as a distracted Broadway director.


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