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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"
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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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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, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

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$2,197,921, 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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The song, "Skokiaan" is used in the movie which takes place in the 1930s. However, "Skokiaan" was not released until 1947. 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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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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Siboney
Written by Dolly Morse and Ernesto Lecuona
Performed by Alfredo Britto and His Siboney Orchestra
Courtesy of BMG Classics
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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 shoppe!


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