The Chameleon (2010)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  10 June 2011 (USA)
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An FBI Agent is hot on the tracks of Frédéric Fortin who has taken up the identity of a woman's long lost son, completely convincing the police and the boy's family of his identity.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederic Fortin / Nicholas Marc Randall
Kathy Jansen
Dan Price
Brian Jansen
Brendan Kerrigan
B.R.P.D. Cop A
Diner Owner (as Ritchie Montgomerey)
FBI Doctor (as Lance Nichols)
Estelle Larrivaz ...
Female Gendarme
Lindsay Soileau ...
Girl #1 (as Lindsey Soileau)
Katy Peppard ...
Girl #2 (as Katy Preppard)


Based on a true story, this film looks at what happens when a serial impostor in Europe passes himself off as a missing boy from Texas. The missing boy's family welcomes him as their son, but the FBI quickly realizes something is amiss. Does the family's eagerness to accept the impostor mean they are just happy to have their loved one back, or are they trying to hide a more sinister event - perhaps what happened to their boy? But even more - who is this impostor who has talked his way into the United States and a family's home? Written by Meredith P.

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Rated R for language, brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A kaméleon  »

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The story of the Chameleon was covered in The Dollop. A weekly podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each week one topic from American history is discussed at length. See more »


(at around 33 mins) Brendan Kerrigan (Nick Stahl) is driving a burgundy colored Camaro with a spoiler on the trunk, and (at around 18 mins) he is clearly driving a burgundy colored Trans Am with no spoiler. See more »


Kimberly Miller: Cheers. Welcome to Hell.
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References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »


Written by Rob Walker
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disappointing Ammuture
11 June 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

La Chameléon – The Chameleon – TRASH IT (C) The movie is based upon the true life of European impostor Frédéric Bourdin. He has been in more than 100 houses all over the Europe pretending as their missing sons. His reason for living with different families is not because he wants to rob or hurt them but he just want to seek "Love and Affection". The movie takes place when he caught first time pretending to be teen missing child in taxes, USA in age 25. The premise of the movie is really interesting but poor direction and weak screenplay made it completely mediocre and sloppy. The director never knew whether he wanted this movie to be a family drama or a thriller. Marc-Andre Grondin was good but lacked proper direction as times he was sweet and at times he seemed psychopath. Emilie De Ravin, Famke Jensen and Brian Geraghty did a fine job. Nick Stahl and Ellen Berkin performance was over the top. On the whole, it's very mediocre and doesn't do justice to the story.

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