Impostor (2001)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  4 January 2002 (USA)
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In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Gittes
Dr. Carone
Captain Burke
Midwife (as Elizabeth Pena)
Jason Beck ...
Gang Boy #2
Judy Jean Berns ...
Disgruntled Woman
Veena Bidasha ...
Frowning Nurse
Ellen Bradley ...
Nursing Mother
Lt. Burrows
Cale's Sister


Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length feature film. Based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name, it follows the lead character Spencer Olham's quest to regain his identity after being suspected as an alien android, in an future Earth at war with aliens that use the androids as bombs to destroy their enemies homeworlds. Written by Hyperpup

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Plot Keywords:

android | alien | bomb | future | weapon | See All (176) »


In the Future, not everyone is who they seem to be.


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Uljez  »

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,022,523 (USA) (4 January 2002)


£23,177 (UK) (14 June 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Originally intended to be Miramax's big Christmas movie for 2001, the film got delayed to January just days before it was set to open due to last-minute edits on Kate and Leopold (2001), which forced that film to take this film's original date. See more »


When Captain Burke is explaining to Major Hathaway why they can't get a scan on the building, his lips don't match his words. See more »


[first lines]
Spencer Olham: There wasn't always a war with the Centauri, but in my lifetime it's all I've ever known. By the year 2050, six years after the first attack, we'd lost so many things. We'd lost the sky to electromagnetic domes, to shield the Earth from frequent air raids increasing in intensity. We'd lost the uncovered cities that the government forgot. We'd lost democracy to global leadership. We didn't expect peace anymore with the Centauri, because we came to see that peace wasn't their goal. ...
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References Armageddon (1998) See more »


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17 July 2003 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

This movie surprised me, it was far better than what I was expecting, seeing as I believed the critics and chose not to see it at the theatres based on that. I won't be listening to critics anymore! I wish I had seen it at the theatres now, and supported it. More science fiction as well done as this film should be made, considering far worse movies, make far more money.

The special effects were 1st rate, locations, cinematography, acting, all very, very good. The story was compelling, lots of action and kept you guessing the entire movie, right up until the very end!

Very well done, I recommend this flick to ALL sci-fi fans, don't miss it!

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