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Impostor (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 4 January 2002 (USA)
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In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.

Director:

Gary Fleder

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (short story "The Impostor"), Scott Rosenberg (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Spencer Olham
Madeleine Stowe ... Maya Olham
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Hathaway
Tony Shalhoub ... Nelson Gittes
Tim Guinee ... Dr. Carone
Mekhi Phifer ... Cale
Gary Dourdan ... Captain Burke
Lindsay Crouse ... Chancellor
Elizabeth Peña ... Midwife (as Elizabeth Pena)
Jason Beck Jason Beck ... Gang Boy #2
Judy Jean Berns Judy Jean Berns ... Disgruntled Woman
Veena Bidasha Veena Bidasha ... Frowning Nurse
Ellen Bradley Ellen Bradley ... Nursing Mother
Shane Brolly ... Lt. Burrows
Golden Brooks ... Cale's Sister
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Storyline

Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length feature film. Based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name, it follows the lead character Spencer Olham's quest to regain his identity after being suspected as an alien android, in an future Earth at war with aliens that use the androids as bombs to destroy their enemies homeworlds. Written by Hyperpup

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the Future, not everyone is who they seem to be.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Uljez See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,022,523, 6 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$6,114,237, 20 January 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Maya Olham watches a televised news report that refers to a Ballard space institute - a reference to J.G. Ballard, the British science fiction writer. See more »

Goofs

After Spencer fires the Glock at the guards, though the gun is out of focus in the foreground, you can see that it has a round "stovepiped" (jammed sideways in the firing chamber and preventing the slide from closing). The gun is useless in this condition, yet Spencer continues to point it as if he were ready to fire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Spencer Olham: There wasn't always a war with the Centauri, but in my lifetime it's all I've ever known. By the year 2050, six years after the first attack, we'd lost so many things. We'd lost the sky to electromagnetic domes, to shield the Earth from frequent air raids increasing in intensity. We'd lost the uncovered cities that the government forgot. We'd lost democracy to global leadership. We didn't expect peace anymore with the Centauri, because we came to see that peace wasn't their goal. ...
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Alternate Versions

Current DVD/video release in the US contains the original R-rated version, and not the cut PG-13 version. See more »

Connections

References Armageddon (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Tribal Flight 1
by Richard Downing
Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
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User Reviews

 
Philip K. Dick would like this movie
26 June 2004 | by gracie28See all my reviews

This movie has gotten a bad rap mostly from folks who just didn't get it. Of all the movies based on Philip K Dick stories, this one actually is most true to the plot line. And as a fan of Philip K Dick I give this movie a lot of credit for that. He visualizes a dark, grim future world at war with aliens and the fear and confusion that comes from the impostor accusations. The movie reflects that very well. They did add some material just to make it a full length feature flick, since the original literary work is a short story. Sinise is excellent, Stowe is pretty and sensual as usual and D'Onofrio is over the top , as usual. A good cast, good photography and an interesting set design. I give the movie high marks, and recommend it especially to any fans of Philip K Dick.


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