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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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Now the time has come...to act. See more »

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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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$308,767 (USA) (4 October 1998)

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$2,197,921 (USA) (10 January 1999)
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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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When Maurice (Oliver Platt) goes in the bakery to insult the baker and tell him His pastries are stale he is offered a cream puff to taste, he then stuffs it in his mouth which amounts to some being dropped on his lapel, in the next shots his lapel is clean. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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Tango Music
from "Luis Bravo's Forever Tango"
Composed by Lisandro Adrover
Performed by The Forever Tango Orchestra
Produced by Brian Cullman
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A very positive response to a rare viewing experience
23 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Rented THE IMPOSTORS for the first time on Friday and by the end of the weekend had watched it 4 times - and yes, I do have a life. Blithe is the only word I can use to describe the experience of watching this video. In a world of multi-screen theaters that show a variation of 3 basic movies - mindless action, gross-out comedy, or big-screen version of the issue of the week - THE IMPOSTERS was a homage to an earlier genre - the silly, almost plotless comedies of Laura & Hardy. Homage - not remake - an important difference. This was definitely a 1990's movie - more quirky than slapstick, with slick production values. A series of vingettes, tied together to make a whole, yet each scene easily stands on its own as a comic gem - the initial credits being my personal favorite. One final word - all this and a great cast! and score. This movie was a rare 10.


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