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The Imposter (2012)

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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Nicholas Barclay ...
Himself - Missing Person (archive footage)
Carey Gibson ...
Herself - Nicholas' Sister
Bryan Gibson ...
Himself - Nicholas' Brother-in-Law
Beverly Dollarhide ...
Herself - Nicholas' Mother
Frédéric Bourdin ...
Himself - Imposter (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher ...
Herself - Special Agent, FBI (as Nancy B. Fisher)
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Himself - Consul General, U. S. Embassy in Spain (as Phillip French)
Codey Gibson ...
Himself - Nicholas' Nephew
Charlie Parker ...
Himself - Private Investigator
Bruce Perry ...
Himself - Texas Children's Hospital (as Bruce D. Perry)
Allie Hostetler ...
Herself - Nicholas' Neighbor (as Allie Hosteiler)
Kevin Hendricks ...
Himself - Nicholas' Childhood Friend
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Frédéric Bourdin
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Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach ...
Nancy Fisher
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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Deception comes home. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

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Az Imposztor  »

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Opening Weekend:

$22,379 (USA) (15 July 2012)

Gross:

$892,409 (USA) (23 November 2012)
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High mountains visible in background in at least five scenes including sister's airport departure, Nicholas boarding school bus, kids hanging out in vacant lot. Supposedly set in San Antonio which is in the Texas 'Hill Country' but we see real mountains in the background. End credits reveal recreated scenes were shot in Arizona including Phoenix, Buckeye and Avondale where there are numerous mountain ranges often visible in any direction you look at varying distances. See more »

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Frédéric Bourdin - Imposter: Before I was born, I definitely had the wrong identity. I already didn't know - I was already prepared not to know who I really was. A new identity with a real passport, an American passport... I could go to the U.S., go to school there, live with that family, and just being someone and don't have never again to worry about being identified. I saw the opportunity.
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Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
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Cinematic, intriguing and unsettling even if the events don't give the highs the director has the potential to deliver.
26 June 2013 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

While it's fascinating to have a documentary in such detail on both sides of a criminal act, it's most interesting aspect is watching the development of a mad man unfold in just a single shot spread over the whole film. At first, Frederic Bourdin appears charming and approachable as he explains his old thought processes with a smile. Over the film's progression, in which we're treated to Man On Wire-esque re-enactments, it's clear he actually has no remorse and his pride is unsettling, especially as this case is just one of the many. Although the film does underwhelm in the end slightly, that can't be helped for it's a documentary, the best aspect is the slick photography in both the interviews and re-enactments making it look incredibly cinematic. The Imposter is a really well constructed film that makes its unbelievable story work and keeps a consistent level of intrigue and anxiety throughout, even if in an ideal world, it should be building up to a finer payoff.

8/10


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