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The Chameleon -- An FBI Agent investigates a case in which a young man reappears after a four-year absence -- but is he who he claims to be?


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10 June 2011 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marc-André Grondin ... Frederic Fortin / Nicholas Marc Randall

Famke Janssen ... Jennifer Johnson

Ellen Barkin ... Kimberly Miller

Emilie de Ravin ... Kathy Jansen

Tory Kittles ... Dan Price

Brian Geraghty ... Brian Jansen

Nick Stahl ... Brendan Kerrigan

James DuMont ... B.R.P.D. Cop A

Ritchie Montgomery ... Diner Owner (as Ritchie Montgomerey)

Lance E. Nichols ... FBI Doctor (as Lance Nichols)
Estelle Larrivaz ... Female Gendarme

Xavier Beauvois ... Gendarme
Lindsay Soileau ... Girl #1 (as Lindsey Soileau)
Katy Peppard ... Girl #2 (as Katy Preppard)

Nick Chinlund ... Mitch
Kent Jude Bernard ... Pool Player #1
Gabe Begneaud ... Pool Player #2

Gio March ... Spanish Policeman (as Sergio March)
Everett Sifuentes ... Superintendent

Josh Gates ... Tattoo Artist

J.D. Evermore ... Worker

Gary Grubbs ... John Striker
Jean-Paul Salomé ... Attorney
Logan Douglas Smith ... County Sheriff #1 (as Logan Smith)
Braden Delee ... Young Frederic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eva Jeffery ... Nosy Neighbor

Brett Beoubay ... County Sheriff (uncredited)
Sean M. Blanchard ... Spanish Orphan Boy (uncredited)

Allen Boudreaux ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Andrew Breland ... News Reporter (uncredited)
Thomas C. Daniel ... County Sheriff (uncredited)

Gino Galento ... Sleazy Neighbor (uncredited)
Geraldine Glenn ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Hotel Trash (uncredited)
Dakota Hill ... Shopper (uncredited)
Bob Huff ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)
Elaine Huff ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

Brock Patrick Kaufman ... Trailor Park Boy (uncredited)
Judy Kern ... Parade Partyer (uncredited)
Jeremy Evan Kerr ... Peanut Vendor (uncredited)
Anne Le Ny ... Frederic's Mother (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Country Bar Patron (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Country Bar Patron (uncredited)

Laurie Lee ... Bar Patron / Parade Partyer / Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sharon K. London ... Cleaning Lady (uncredited)

Corbin McCarthy ... Neighbor (uncredited)

Jay Oliver ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Leesa Pate ... Parade Partyer / Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Bill Perkins ... Cop (uncredited)
Holly Rochelle ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Sarah J. Thompson ... Background (uncredited)
Elizabeth Tranchant ... Girl in Car (uncredited)
Dawna Williams ... Attorney (uncredited)
Scott Yarnell ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Anthony Zanlungo ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Paul Salomé 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Natalie Carter  written by
Christophe d'Antonio  book "The Chameleon"
Jean-Paul Salomé  written by

Produced by
Ram Bergman .... producer
Sidonie Dumas .... producer
Glenn Garland .... co-producer
Pierre Kubel .... producer
Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar .... producer
Bill Perkins .... producer
Géraldine Polveroni .... assistant producer
David Pomier .... executive producer
Cooper Richey .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Cardoni 
Bruno Coulais 
Cinematography by
Pascal Ridao (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Marie-Pierre Renaud 
Toby Yates (recut version)
Production Design by
Martina Buckley 
Set Decoration by
Monique Champagne 
Costume Design by
Susanna Puisto 
Makeup Department
Nikki I Brown .... makeup artist
Marie-Anne Hum .... key makeup artist
Eileen Kastner-Delago .... personal makeup artist: Famke Janssen
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Jack Lazzaro .... makeup artist
Courtney Lether .... makeup artist
Ann Masterson .... makeup department head
Peter Tothpal .... hair department head
Production Management
Julien Brun .... assistant unit manager
Jérémie Chevret .... executive production manager
Bruno Daniault .... post-production manager
Nabila Daniault .... post-production supervisor
Philip Harrelson .... post-production supervisor
Diana Lui .... unit production manager
Cecile Regnauld .... production secretary
Philippe Roux .... director of production
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... unit production manager
Nathalie Tellier .... production acountant
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Olivier Bonnet .... second assistant director
Olivier Genet .... first assistant director
Nathan Parker .... second second assistant director
Sholto J. Roeg .... first assistant director
Tessa Lyn Stephenson .... first assistant director: second unit
Zane Julija Stumbrs .... second assistant director
Art Department
Cecile Aymami .... paint foreman
Andrew W. Bofinger .... set dresser
Eric Breaux .... set dresser
Gail Briant .... lead scenic
Adam Cambre .... carpenter
Jonathan Cappel .... carpenter
Carl Counts .... art department coordinator
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... set dresser
Dave Kelsey .... set designer
Luci Leary .... set decoration buyer
Vince LeBlanc .... set dresser (as Vince Le Blanc)
K. Emily Levine .... art department production assistant
Sam Lothridge .... on-set dresser
Scotty Morris .... leadman
Herald Najar .... set dresser
Jason Oertling .... scenic painter
Joseph Pipes .... property master
Stephen Turner .... assistant property master
Durel Yates .... set dresser
Sound Department
Philippe Baudhuin .... re-recording mixer
Dhyana Carlton-Tims .... additional dialogue editor
Ryan Farris .... sound utility
Nils Fauth .... re-recording mixer
Nils Fauth .... sound editor
Sylvie Fortin .... dubbing editor
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator
Valérie Le Docte .... dialogue editor
Eric Ledet .... sound utility
Eric Ledet .... sound
Alexis Leverve .... adr engineer
Aileen Maquiraya .... audio post-conform
Julien Mizac .... additional foley recordist
Piste Rouge .... sound: studio
Elias Vervecken .... foley artist
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Matt Snedecor .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Stephane Bidault .... visual effects supervisor
Olivier Blanchet .... digital compositor
François Poupon .... visual effects artist
D.J. Shea .... compositor
Matthias Weber .... visual effects producer
John Bernecker .... stunt double
Elton LeBlanc .... precision driver
Deven MacNair .... stunt double
Phil O'Dell .... stunt coordinator
Robin Hart Smith .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Applebaum .... additional camera operator
Michael Applebaum .... director of photography: second unit
Grayson Austin .... key Steadicam operator
Ffilip Bolton .... assistant chief lighting technician
Lawles Bourque .... additional camera operator
Danny Brazen .... key grip
Victor Brunette .... 24 frame video operator
Kevin Carlisle .... grip
Duane Cooper .... grip
Nezben Deason .... grip
Arnaud Dutarte .... electrician
Dustin Logan .... video assist
David Maddux .... gaffer
Flavio Manriquez .... second assistant camera
Bradley Martin .... lamp operator
Ronald 'Ronnie' Martin .... electrician
Robert Morrison .... set grip
Charlie Nauman .... film loader
Patti Perret .... still photographer
Jonathan E. Robinson .... additional camera assistant
Nathalie Savale .... first assistant camera
James Allen Sheppard .... 24 frame video operator
Shawn Stone .... dolly grip
Jeff Taylor .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Remi Tournois .... camera operator: a camera
Remi Tournois .... cinematographer: 2nd unit
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
David A. Wolf .... steadicam operator
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... local casting
Hank Langlois .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shannon Jantz .... key set costumer
Shonta T. McCray .... costumer
Dennis M. Mitchell II .... costume assistant
Melissa Reed .... set costumer
Beverley Woods .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Karlo Babakhanian .... iq assist
Myriam Coën .... digital conformation
Sophia Del-Vecchio .... digital conformation
Vahe Giragol .... iq assist
Frederic Jupin .... digital conformation
Stewart McAlpine .... second assistant editor
Marjolaine Mispelaere .... colorist
Tom Pilla .... assistant editor
Narbeh Tatoussian .... digital intermediate colorist
Location Management
Ben Ledoux .... key assistant location manager
Stephan Roux .... assistant location manager
R. Bryan Wright .... location manager
Music Department
Drew DeAscentis .... music editor
Jason La Rocca .... score mixer
Maxime Lefevre .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car contributer
Monica W. Fuller .... driver (as Monica Williamson)
Beau Holden .... driver
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Doug Wilson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Adam Babin .... production coordinator
Richard Berkeley .... unit assistant: France
Frédéric Bourdin .... creative consultant
Burton Chatelain Jr. .... film runner
Lauren Clouatre .... key set production assistant
Benton Collinsworth .... set production assistant
Mona Coulter .... travel agent
Corinne Devaux .... choreographer
Michael Dorner .... first accountant
Robert Douthat .... photo double: Nick Stahl
Glenn D. Feig .... production legal counsel
Rhett Guillot .... production assistant
Gregory Hatanaka .... distribution consultant
Erica Matyas .... production secretary
Jan McWilliams .... script supervisor
Géraldine Polveroni .... production coordinator
Johnnie Ruth Richey .... production coordinator
Tara A. Senior .... production legal counsel
Eric Sizemore .... production assistant
Brian Buquoi .... production assistant (uncredited )

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Rated R for language, brief drug use and nudity
France:106 min | 94 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: (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 »
Frédéric Fortin:Me? Calling you? In your dreams, maybe.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983) (V)See more »
Cause and EffectSee more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great Story, poor acting&directing, 1 May 2013

The Chameleon is not as good as The Imposter, but still this movie is pretty clever. Actually, it gives you more doubts than documentary, cause it does not much follow the line of real story. The Imposter mostly concentrates on actions of Frédéric Fortin, on crimes he's committed and leaves Randall family beyond the interest. However, the movie itself is more complex giving a closer look to every character.

Writers did a great job mixing documented material with fiction one. They clearly show development of main characters after Nicholas's comeback. The script makes you concentrate on three topics: first is Frédéric (or Nicholas) who is kind of shocked as he is introduced to family members closer. As time goes by, he understands that he came in "wrong" place, because they are definitely making his life worse. Every new family, Frédéric has "returned" to before, welcomed him, made him feel comfortable, but not Randalls, because they have their reasons, why Nicholas should not be back.

Another story is how FBI thinks of this sudden appearance of kidnapped child. Famke Jensen is the only agent who does not believe in any words of Nicholas and his family. Therefore, she decides to hold an inquiry independently. This investigations lead us to the third story, which is story of Randall family itself.

They seem to be not that happy by arrival of long lost child. But still they have no doubt that he, whoever came back, is their little boy and that is why they refused to do a DNA test, or cooperate with police. They know something that is hidden from everyone.

These three stories make a superb and horribly interesting movie. Potentially, The Chameleon could be far more better film, because it can easily attract one's attention, thrill you and make you wanting more about this topic. But still I found it average. Mostly the reason is pure directing and acting. I believe that this film could be more engaging and powerful if Jean-Paul Salome had worked more on visualization of whole idea. The camera-work and acting panel could be better and yes! this kid of movie really needs better actors. The only performance I enjoyed was Emilie de Ravin as a sister of Nicholas. I have never seen Marc-André Grondin (Frederic, Nicholas) before and I think he was not the best choice for the role.

The biggest dignity of The Chameleon is that in the final scenes, it almost clearly shows what really happened to real Nicholas Mark Randall

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