6.5/10
4,370
100 user 54 critic

The Impostors (1998)

R | | Comedy | 2 October 1998 (USA)
Trailer
2:05 | Trailer

Watch Now

$0.00 (HD) with Prime Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
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 »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Big Night (1996)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Around 1940, New Yorker staff writer Joe Mitchell meets Joe Gould, a Greenwich Village character who cadges meals, drinks, and contributions to the Joe Gould Fund and who is writing a ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Hope Davis
Blind Date I (2007)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Affected by tragedy, a married couple decide to role play a blind date.

Director: Stanley Tucci
Stars: Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson, Thijs Römer
The Muse (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

With his career on the skids, a Hollywood screenwriter enlists the aid of a modern-day muse, who proves to test his patience.

Director: Albert Brooks
Stars: Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell
The Imposter (2008)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The Imposter deals with the lifestyle and subsequent breakdown of a Christian Rock singer to be played by Kevin Max. As much as an inside look into the Christian music industry, The ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Millican
Stars: Kevin Max, Kerry Livgren, Jeff Deyo
The Journey I (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Kishan Singh, his wife, and an only child, a son, Raj, live in India. Kishan runs his household by working as a school-teacher. They want their son to grow up well educated, and live a ... See full summary »

Director: Harish Saluja
Stars: Roshan Seth, Saeed Jaffrey, Antony Zaki
The Front (1976)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Judy Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Based on the 17th Century play, this modernization finds a young man in love with a woman who is promised to another. Pleading with her man-servant to murder her pledged, he in turn ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Thompson
Stars: Ian Dury, Amanda Ray-King, Colm O'Maonlai
Final (2001)
Sci-Fi | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Bill wakes up from a coma in a hospital ward, raving about tissue regeneration experiments, final injections, organ transplants and having been cryogenically frozen. Battling flashbacks of ... See full summary »

Director: Campbell Scott
Stars: Denis Leary, Hope Davis, J.C. MacKenzie
Little Odessa (1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Early 1990s drama about a family of Soviet Jews living in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach ocean-side neighborhood nicknamed Little Odessa.

Director: James Gray
Stars: Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Moira Kelly
The World: Color It Happy (TV Movie 1967)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
Directors: Wally Burr, Walter Grauman, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Jack Jones, Woody Allen, The Swingle Singers
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Walker Jones ...
Jessica Walling ...
David Lipman ...
...
George Guidall ...
...
...
...
...
...
Ted Blumberg ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ship of Fools  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$308,767 (USA) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

$2,197,921 (USA) (8 January 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt first met at Yale University where they developed the characters of the two unemployed actors that they play in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the opening scene in the park café, modern cars are passing by in the background. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

China Boy
Written by Dick Winfree and Phil Boutelje
Performed by Eddie Condon and His Allstars
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Woody Allen Meets The Marx Brothers With BIG NIGHT Cast!
26 March 2002 | by (Whitehall, PA) – See all my reviews

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!


17 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Shalhoub's language katie-130
Happy Franks m-vaskes
And the ship sails on on3gin
Discuss The Impostors (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page