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The Impostors (1998)

R | | Comedy | 2 October 1998 (USA)
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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maurice
... Arthur
Walker Jones ... Maitre D'
Jessica Walling ... Attractive Woman
... Baker in Kramer's Pastries
... Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall ... Claudius in "Hamlet"
... Bernardo in "Hamlet"
... Sir Jeremy Burtom
... Burtom's Assistant
... Stage Manager
... Mike / Laertes in "Hamlet"
Ted Blumberg ... Francisco in "Hamlet"
... Lily 'Lil'
... Voltri, First Mate
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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents. Of course, the lead actor end up on the ship as well. Also, a madman (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship and Steve Buscemi is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer named Happy Frank. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Now the time has come...to act. See more »

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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2 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Ship of Fools  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,767, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

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$2,197,921, 10 January 1999
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Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt first met at Yale University where they developed the characters of the two unemployed actors that they play in this film. See more »

Goofs

The song, "Skokiaan" is used in the movie which takes place in the 1930s. However, "Skokiaan" was not released until 1947. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maurice: [as they discuss an act which they did] I'm sorry.
Arthur: You stole my death.
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Crazy Credits

As the closing credits roll, the entire cast performs a line dance, starting on the ocean liner set and working their way out of the soundstage. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sam Rockwell/Halsey (2018) See more »

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I'm Comin' Virginia
Written by Donald Heywood and William Cook
Performed by Artie Shaw
Courtesy of Hindsight Records
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Wrestling, naked, on the steps of the Acropolis!
29 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

My God! That line alone was enough to make me soil my pants. One of the best farces I have ever seen with characters to make one's imagination drool. I want to keep Stanley Tucci's brain in a jar and show it off as a prized possession to all my friends. Better yet....invite them to watch the film.


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