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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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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, 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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Comedy

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,197,921, 10 January 1999
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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Maurice (Oliver Platt) goes in the bakery to insult the baker and tell him His pastries are stale he is offered a cream puff to taste, he then stuffs it in his mouth which amounts to some being dropped on his lapel, in the next shots his lapel is clean. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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The Nearness of You
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Ned Washington
Performed by Steve Buscemi
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Rib-ticklingly hilarious!!!
15 August 2003 | by BadWebDiverSee all my reviews

This is a top-notch comedy at the most audacious level. I once heard someone say that door-slamming farcical comedy never works on film; and I think this is one of the movies that proves them wrong. It reminded me of the brilliant stage farce "Noises Off" (which was also turned into a movie with fairly successful results).

I thought the opening title gags were brilliant, especially Oliver Platt. I loved Billy Connolly as a camp tennis player and Allison Janney as a gangster's moll. I also thought Alfred Molina, Tony Shalhoub, Campbell Scott, Steve Buscemi and Matt McGrath were brilliant as well. The pastry shop scene and Tucci crying poor were also outstanding highlights.

My only slight criticism with this film is that the pacing seemed a tiny bit slow at times, but otherwise this is an exceptional storyline. This is definitely the sort of movie I'd like to see a lot more of. It also proves that they CAN make 'em like they used to.


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