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A documentary centered on a young Frenchman 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Frédéric Bourdin
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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
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Vice Consul
Carey Gibson ...
Herself
Bryan Gibson ...
Himself
Beverly Dollarhide ...
Herself
Frédéric Bourdin ...
Himself (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher ...
Herself (as Nancy B. Fisher)
Philip French ...
Himself (as Phillip French)
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A documentary centered on a young Frenchman 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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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

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Der Blender - The Imposter  »

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

Gross:

$892,409 (USA) (21 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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A story that needs to be heard
10 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

For me, this film came out of nowhere. I missed its cinematic run and only came across it after it was featured in a copy of Total Film magazine. The Imposter tells the story of French con artist Frederic Bourdin, who manages to trick his way into a small town American family in the belief he is missing family member of 3 years, Nicholas Gibson.

Many questions are asked, not all of them are answered. For instance, why would the Gibson's take a complete stranger into their house? Did they believe Bourdin was genuinely Nicholas or did they just want him to be Nicholas? Was there an ulterior motive to the families acceptance of this stranger among them, or were they innocent and Bourdin was just a very convincing liar?

Certainly looking from the outside in it's very easy to question the stupidity of the Gibson family for allowing this chameleon into their home and seeing how he managed to concoct so many lies and not get caught sooner. In fact, if it wasn't for the efforts of a private investigator and a suspicious FBI agent, Bourdin may still be living in the United States as Nicholas Gibson and no one would be any the wiser.

As we follow the story the mystery grows ever deeper. It's a brilliant feat by the director to be able to build such tension in a film like this, using facts and true life testimonies to build an unbelievable tale where we are completely none the wiser at any point during the film as to who is actually telling the truth.

For a documentary, The Imposter is genuinely breathtaking. Moving quicker than a Hollywood thriller and a thousand times more intriguing. This true story is both gripping and shocking and completely worthy of your attention.


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