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The Chameleon (2010)

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An FBI Agent is hot on the tracks of Frédéric Fortin who has taken up the identity of a woman's long lost son, completely convincing the police and the boy's family of his identity.

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Jean-Paul Salomé

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc-André Grondin ... Frederic Fortin / Nicholas Marc Randall
Famke Janssen ... Jennifer Johnson
Ellen Barkin ... Kimberly Miller
Emilie de Ravin ... Kathy Jansen
Tory Kittles ... Dan Price
Brian Geraghty ... Brian Jansen
Nick Stahl ... Brendan Kerrigan
James DuMont ... B.R.P.D. Cop A
Ritchie Montgomery ... Diner Owner (as Ritchie Montgomerey)
Lance E. Nichols ... FBI Doctor (as Lance Nichols)
Estelle Larrivaz Estelle Larrivaz ... Female Gendarme
Xavier Beauvois ... Gendarme
Lindsay Soileau Lindsay Soileau ... Girl #1 (as Lindsey Soileau)
Katy Peppard Katy Peppard ... Girl #2 (as Katy Preppard)
Nick Chinlund ... Mitch
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this film looks at what happens when a serial impostor in Europe passes himself off as a missing boy from Texas. The missing boy's family welcomes him as their son, but the FBI quickly realizes something is amiss. Does the family's eagerness to accept the impostor mean they are just happy to have their loved one back, or are they trying to hide a more sinister event - perhaps what happened to their boy? But even more - who is this impostor who has talked his way into the United States and a family's home? Written by Meredith P.

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He was different things to different people. But his lies were the same to all. See more »

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le caméléon See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story of the Chameleon was covered in The Dollop. A weekly podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each week one topic from American history is discussed at length. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) Brendan Kerrigan (Nick Stahl) is driving a burgundy colored Camaro with a spoiler on the trunk, and (at around 18 mins) he is clearly driving a burgundy colored Trans Am with no spoiler. See more »

Quotes

Frédéric Fortin: Me? Calling you? In your dreams, maybe.
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Version of The Imposter (2012) See more »

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Bixieland
Written by Rob Walker
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An intriguing case made to a less intriguing movie
27 October 2011 | by BloedEnMelkSee all my reviews

"The Chameleon" is roughly based on the case of the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay, and the impostor Frederic Bourdin.

The movie stays reasonably close to the facts, though there are some mayor things changed that IMO was totally unnecessary. At the same time, more could have been done with other things. I am on purpose gonna keep this all pretty vague; as I do not want to spoil anything. If you want to know about the real case, google on it. It is a very interesting thing to do.

I would definitely have liked to have seen more background about Frederic. The case of Nicholas wasn't the first time he imposed as a missing child, neither was it the last time. As if the whole story about Nicholas wasn't bizarre enough, it gets more and more bizarre if you read up on Bourdin. He truly deserves the name Chameleon; it is incredible how good this guy is at languages and in blending in. I do understand that the movie's focus was on only one of his crimes, but I think a bit more history would have made it all even more absurd. Now, you almost feel at least a bit pity for Bourdin, but that should not happen. After all, the guy was/is a very disturbed man who didn't give a *beep* about the feelings of his victims.

The overall acting was not very good. Famke Janssen made the best of it and steals the scenes when she comes in, but I was unfortunately pretty unconvinced by the lead character. The way the story unfolds was just not good enough to convince, and the characters way too shallow. Many things are there in potential, but somehow it just doesn't work. It could have been an 'edge of your seat' thriller or drama, but it simply isn't. Throughout the whole story, it just lacks something. An other reviewer used the word 'dull', and I think that's quite a good description.

All in all; an intriguing case made to a less intriguing movie.

(Ps: An interesting little fact; Bourdin himself worked as a creative consultant for this movie. )


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