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 ...
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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
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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 »
The song, "Skokiaan" is used in the movie which takes place in the 1930s. However, "Skokiaan" was not released until 1947. See more »
[as they discuss an act which they did]
You stole my death.
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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 »
Woody Allen Meets The Marx Brothers With BIG NIGHT Cast!
I'm afraid to say too much about director/writer/co-star Stanley Tucci's
follow-up to BIG NIGHT because I don't want to spoil any of its sublimely
insane surprises! This rollicking screwball comedy follows two dedicated but
starving actor pals (Tucci and Oliver Platt) on their increasingly nutty
adventures in 1930s NYC and aboard an ocean liner. The all-star indie film
cast includes many of Tucci's co-stars from BIG NIGHT (including BN
co-director Campbell Scott as the cruise's officious German director), many
of them in change-of-pace roles. For example, it was a delight to see Lili
Taylor get to exercise her flair for comedy as the pretty, plucky activities
director being romantically pursued by both Scott and Matt McGrath.
Although many have compared THE IMPOSTORS to Laurel and Hardy, I think its
sophisticated air and sly playfulness make it more like Woody Allen meets
The Marx Brothers. If you want to be swept away into a sea of laughter, THE
IMPOSTORS is well worth seeking out at the local video
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