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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, Arthur (Stanley Tucci) and Maurice (Oliver Platt) team-up as two out-of-work actors who ... See full summary »

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Stanley Tucci

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Stanley Tucci
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Platt ... Maurice
Stanley Tucci ... Arthur
Walker Jones Walker Jones ... Maitre D'
Jessica Walling Jessica Walling ... Attractive Woman
David Lipman ... Baker in Kramer's Pastries
E. Katherine Kerr ... Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall George Guidall ... Claudius in "Hamlet"
William Hill ... Bernardo in "Hamlet"
Alfred Molina ... Sir Jeremy Burtom
Michael Emerson ... Burtom's Assistant
Jack O'Connell ... Stage Manager
Matt Malloy ... Mike / Laertes in "Hamlet"
Ted Blumberg Ted Blumberg ... Francisco in "Hamlet"
Lili Taylor ... Lily 'Lil'
Tony Shalhoub ... Voltri, First Mate
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Storyline

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Arthur (Stanley Tucci) and Maurice (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, madman Voltri, First Mate (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship, and Happy Franks (Steve Buscemi) is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Why be yourself when you can be somebody else? See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ship of Fools See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,767, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$2,198,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,198,044
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is a fair amount of commonality among the cast and crew of this movie and Big Night (1996). Oliver Platt (Maurice in this movie, and Associate Producer of Big Night (1996)). Stanley Tucci (Director, Writer, and Arthur in this movie, and Director, Writer, and Secondo in Big Night (1996)). Walker Jones (Maitre d' in this movie, Special Thanks in Big Night (1996)). Jack O'Connell (Stage manager in this movie, Man on Truck in Big Night (1996)). Tony Shalhoub (Voltri, First Mate in this movie, Primo in Big Night (1996)) Allison Janney (Maxine in this movie, Ann in Big Night (1996)). Isabella Rossellini (The Veiled Queen in this movie, Gabriella in Big Night (1996)). Campbell Scott (Meistrich in this movie, Director, and Bob in Big Night (1996)). See more »

Goofs

When Arthur puts his giant martini down on the counter, Happy can be seen in the background pulling it towards him. A second later when he and Emily are seen from the front talking, the martini glass is nowhere to be seen. It is too large to not be in the shot. 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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(When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas
Written by Dorcas Cochran and Julio C. Sanders
Performed by Elizabeth Bracco and Lewis J. Stadlen
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A very funny film that reflects the golden age of Hollywood
21 April 2002 | by v-squareSee all my reviews

A very amusing film. It has elements of the Marx bros, Laurel and Hardy, Grand Hotel and Some Like It Hot. Really an homage to the screwball comedy films of the 30's that were chock full of great character actors. The plot is skimpy at best but half the fun is guessing the previous credits for the great cast. Look for an un-credited performance by Woody Allen as a distracted Broadway director.


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