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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

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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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, 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 »

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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 »

Quotes

[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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Written by Astor Piazzolla
Performed by The Forever Tango Orchestra
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Brilliant, original, funny, but not for everyone
13 February 2000 | by areinholSee all my reviews

I loved this movie, yet I can see why others hated it. This is not the comic food we have grown up on. It is a different cuisine that tastes strange at first, but if given a chance, rewards with fresh, delicious sensations at every bite.

Early in this movie our actor heros take turns mugging an emotion on command. I think this moment is the key to understanding the entire film. Almost every scene is painted by facial expressions and body language. The editing lingers to give us time to enjoy each portrait, then cuts a bit further along in the story than we are used to. This unfamiliar timing gives the strong cast a chance to act rather than react. The story is about actors, but the movie is a tribute to comedic acting.

If you want a formula comedy, rent something else. If you want movie that is funny, warm, original, and brilliant and are willing to give its different pace a chance, put this film at the top of your list and plan to view it twice.


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