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The Imposter (2012)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography  |  24 August 2012 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Bourdin
Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach ...
Nancy Fisher
Alan Teichman ...
Charlie Parker
Ivan Villanueva ...
Social Worker
María Jesús Hoyos ...
Judge (as Maria Jesus Hoyos)
Anton Marti ...
Male Police Officer
Amparo Fontanet ...
Female Police Officer
Vice Consul
Carey Gibson ...
Bryan Gibson ...
Beverly Dollarhide ...
Frédéric Bourdin ...
Himself (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher ...
Herself (as Nancy B. Fisher)
Philip French ...
Himself (as Phillip French)


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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The greatest mystery in the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay began the day he came home. See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az Imposztor  »

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Opening Weekend:

$22,379 (USA) (13 July 2012)


$892,409 (USA) (21 November 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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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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A truly bizarre story
30 November 2012 | by (Clevedon, UK) – See all my reviews

A 13 year old boy disappears from a small town in Texas, three years later Police in Spain alert authorities in the US, against all odds it appears that child has been found....or has he?

I watched this 'movie' not knowing very little about it, and after 10 minutes or so I was puzzled, is this a mocu-mentary or based on a true story? surely it couldn't be as the story was so bizarre!!

Filmed in the same style as the TV show 'Banged Up Abroad', part interview clips with the real people, part reconstructed key moments with actors, this is a quite astonishing story and well worth a viewing.

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