7.5/10
34,280
76 user 210 critic

The Imposter (2012)

Trailer
2:32 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Reviews
Popularity
2,806 ( 281)
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A filmmaker decides to memorialize a murdered friend when his friend's ex-girlfriend announces she is expecting his son.

Director: Kurt Kuenne
Stars: Kurt Kuenne, Andrew Bagby, David Bagby
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki
Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman
Catfish (2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Stars: Yaniv Schulman, Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
Documentary | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of how an eccentric French shop-keeper and amateur film-maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains... See full summary »

Director: Banksy
Stars: Banksy, Space Invader, Mr. Brainwash
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The accident made national headlines: a suburban mother drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway in upstate New York and crashed head-on into an SUV, killing herself and seven others. In ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: Jesse Temple, Brad Katinas, Diane Schuler
Documentary | Crime | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those affected by his crime serve as an examination of why people - and the state - kill.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry
Documentary | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A horrific triple child murder leads to an indictment and trial of three nonconformist boys based on questionable evidence.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Stars: Tony Brooks, Diana Davis, Terry Wood
Tabloid (2010)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary on a former Miss Wyoming who is charged with abducting and imprisoning a young Mormon Missionary.

Director: Errol Morris
Stars: Joyce McKinney, Peter Tory, Troy Williams
Blackfish (2013)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Stars: Tilikum, Dave Duffus, Samantha Berg
The Staircase (TV Mini-Series 2004)
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Caitlin Atwater
Jesus Camp (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
Philip French ...
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 Hosteiler ...
Herself - Nicholas' Neighbor
Kevin Hendricks ...
Himself - Nicholas' Childhood Friend
...
Frédéric Bourdin
...
Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach ...
Nancy Fisher
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Deception comes home. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az Imposztor  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$892,409 (USA) (21 November 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Frédéric Bourdin's hair line is very defined and has dark hair. But by the end of the film he has a noticeable receding hairline. However, the film portrays his talking scenes as one long interview as his shirt never changes. See more »

Quotes

Himself - 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.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Chameleon (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Queen Bitch
Written by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
facts DeeS48
How is that level of incompetence even possible? asyakocaturk
Not so much about the movie, but about the actual events... trippingbomb
suggest similar docs to The Imposter here updownleftright
3 polygraphs? dmowen111
Ruin it for me. mrspotswood
Discuss The Imposter (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?