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Impostor (2001)

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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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Captain Burke
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Chancellor
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Midwife (as Elizabeth Pena)
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Storyline

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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android | alien | impostor | bomb | future | See more »

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


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

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Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£23,177 (UK) (14 June 2002)

Gross:

£23,177 (UK) (14 June 2002)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Maya Olham watches a televised news report that refers to a Ballard space institute - a reference to J.G. Ballard, the British science fiction writer. See more »

Goofs

After Spencer fires the Glock at the guards, though the gun is out of focus in the foreground, you can see that it has a round "stovepiped" (jammed sideways in the firing chamber and preventing the slide from closing). The gun is useless in this condition, yet Spencer continues to point it as if he were ready to fire. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Good Bye, Dragon Inn (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Boom Boom
Written and Performed by John Lee Hooker
Published by Conrad Music, A Division of Arc Music Corporation
Courtesy of Vee-Jay Limited Partnership/ Rhino Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
Quite superb... captures PKD's visions well.
13 February 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I have no idea why this movie is such underrated. Yes, Gary Fleder is no Steven Spielberg or Ridley Scott. He doesn't have the excellent imagery or visual wonders of the other directors' films. But at the same time, he has been more faithful to the original short story than Scott or Spielberg could have been. He has added only one major twist which made the film rather more interesting. And one major credit of the film is that it could capture quite obviously the feel of paranoia that's been the mainstay of Philip Dick's most stories.

Gary Sinise is always pleasure to watch on screen. And in this case his performance is flawless. D'Onofrio plays the tough security officer with enough passion. Madeline Stowe is rather frigid in her role.

In short, 'Impostor' is a gripping tale with solid plot and enough substance. A must see for every genre fan, regardless of the fact that one of the greatest sci-fi writer has penned the story.


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