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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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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 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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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Quotes

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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Version of The Chameleon (2010) See more »

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The Wind
Written by Cat Stevens (as Ysuf Islam)
Performed bt Cat Stevens
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Extraordinary story, well-told
24 August 2012 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

In the first couple of minutes of The Imposter, we hear a recorded call with captions placing the call in time; then the film is rewound and we hear it again. The Imposter is a fairly straightforward tale of identity theft but a tale that needs this constant revision. Everything one hears in its turn requires closer scrutiny. Bart Layton's triumph is to follow each thread of the story through, only increasing the layers of information when the tale demands it.

There's more to the composition than this of course. Layton's interviews are impeccably collated so that one has the feeling that at all times the individual telling their story is being honest, even when they might look a bit silly. It's also a great achievement to end with a greater mystery than those that tumble forward as the story rolls on.

Frederic Bourdin is the great draw of the show, as candid as Joe Simpson in Touching The Void. The editing helps make the point where others would have resorted to interpolated exposition. There's also a nice, unobtrusive soundtrack by Anne Nikitin which follows almost exactly the emotional temperature of the film. 8/10


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