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The Chameleon (2010)

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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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Frederic Fortin / Nicholas Marc Randall
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Kathy Jansen
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Dan Price
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Brian Jansen
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Brendan Kerrigan
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B.R.P.D. Cop A
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Diner Owner (as Ritchie Montgomerey)
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FBI Doctor (as Lance Nichols)
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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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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

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10 June 2011 (USA)  »

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A kaméleon  »

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Loosely based on the story of Frédéric Bourdin, a French serial impostor nicknamed "The Chameleon" by the press. In 1997 Bourdin claimed to be Nicholas Barclay, a Texas native that disappeared 3 years earlier. Although Bourdin had brown eyes and a French accent, he convinced the family he was their blue-eyed son, saying he had escaped from a child prostitution ring. Bourdin lived with the family for almost 5 months until March 6, 1998. In late 1997 a local private investigator grew suspicious while working with a TV crew that had been filming the family. In February 1998 the FBI got a court order to take the young man's fingerprints and DNA, which later identified him as Bourdin. In September 1998, Bourdin pleaded guilty to passport fraud and perjury in a San Antonio federal court. He was imprisoned for six years. See more »

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(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 »

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Kimberly Miller: I was never a very good mother to you. I guess you forgot that too, huh?
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References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) See more »

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Written an performed by Cortney Tidwell
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This movie DOES realize the story's potential - it's just a boring story
8 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I decided not to mark this review for possible spoilers, since this movie is about a true story and therefore most people who are interested in seeing it will already know how it ends. Besides, several previous reviews tell more than I will about the end, and they got through without spoiler warnings.

First off, it's ridiculous to praise Ellen Barkin's acting just because she's practically unrecognizable: that's called makeup, not acting. Maybe she should be commended for allowing herself to look so awful, but she never was much in the looks department either. The best I can say is that she doesn't ruin this movie as she has some others. Her one-note performance certainly is unusual, but unusual doesn't necessarily mean great.

Second, the problem with movies based on true stories is that if the story isn't interesting the movie usually isn't interesting either. At first I wondered why I had never heard of any of these people before, under any names, and now I know why: there's nothing interesting about them - not the screwed-up, depressed family and not the neurotic, narcissistic bozo who duped them.

Famke Janssen adds a little bit of interest just because she's a charismatic person, but that plus Barkin's mousy, greasy, depressed, anorexic chain-smoking junkie are not enough to sustain a very boring story about very boring people.


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