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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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Walker Jones ...
Maitre D'
Jessica Walling ...
Attractive Woman
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Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall ...
Claudius in "Hamlet"
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Bernardo in "Hamlet"
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Ted Blumberg ...
Francisco in "Hamlet"
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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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$308,767, 4 October 1998, Limited Release

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$2,197,921, 10 January 1999
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The incident in which Alfred Molina's character slaps Mike Malloy's with a sword during a performance is based on a real-life incident in which actor Nicol Williamson struck a fellow actor on the buttocks with a sword during a performance of "I Hate Hamlet." Williamson also exemplified his disdain for the play and his cast mates by breaking character and badmouthing the material on and off stage. See more »

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When Happy Franks sits at the bar and sees the sleeping pills, the bottle has the address printed on it, including the ZIP code. ZIP codes were not used until 1963. See more »

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[first lines]
Maurice: [as they discuss an act which they did] I'm sorry.
Arthur: You stole my death.
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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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China Boy
Written by Dick Winfree and Phil Boutelje
Performed by Eddie Condon and His Allstars
Courtesy of Verve Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Film & TV Music
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Pure, tongue-in-cheek, humor from start to finish.
11 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Pure, tongue-in-cheek, humor from start to finish.

A near perfect film. Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt make a great duo in this comedy about two starving actors.

Desperate for food, they decide to con a pastry chef out of some of his pastry. As previously planned, Platt comes to the pastry chef's "rescue", but instead of getting pastry, he gets two tickets to see hack stage actor, Jeremy Burtom excellently played by Alfred Molina.

Through a series of incidents, Burtom threatens the boys with imprisonment if he catches them, The two end up accidentally stowing away on a cruise ship and that's when everything gets complicated.

An excellent cast was assembled for this superbly funny script. Watch for Campbell Scott, son of George C. Scott. His portrayal of a Nazi-like ship steward is hilarious.

My hat goes off to Stanley Tucci for doing an excellent job writing and directing this film! I only hope more people can see this jewel.


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