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The Imposter (2012)

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The Imposter is a movie starring Adam O'Brian, Nicholas Barclay, and Carey Gibson. A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Barclay ... Himself - Missing Person (archive footage)
Carey Gibson ... Herself - Nicholas' Sister
Bryan Gibson ... Himself - Nicholas' Brother-in-Law
Beverly Dollarhide ... Herself - Nicholas' Mother
Frédéric Bourdin ... Himself - Imposter (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher ... Herself - Special Agent, FBI (as Nancy B. Fisher)
... Himself - Consul General, U. S. Embassy in Spain (as Phillip French)
Codey Gibson ... Himself - Nicholas' Nephew
Charlie Parker ... Himself - Private Investigator
Bruce Perry ... Himself - Texas Children's Hospital (as Bruce D. Perry)
Allie Hostetler ... Herself - Nicholas' Neighbor (as Allie Hosteiler)
Kevin Hendricks ... Himself - Nicholas' Childhood Friend
... Frédéric Bourdin
... Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach ... Nancy Fisher
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A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

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Deception comes home. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Avalon [Spain] | Official Facebook

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24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az Imposztor  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$22,379, 15 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$892,409, 23 November 2012
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High mountains visible in background in at least five scenes including sister's airport departure, Nicholas boarding school bus, kids hanging out in vacant lot. Supposedly set in San Antonio which is in the Texas 'Hill Country' but we see real mountains in the background. End credits reveal recreated scenes were shot in Arizona including Phoenix, Buckeye and Avondale where there are numerous mountain ranges often visible in any direction you look at varying distances. See more »

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Frédéric Bourdin - Imposter: Before I was born, I definitely had the wrong identity. I already didn't know - I was already prepared not to know who I really was. A new identity with a real passport, an American passport... I could go to the U.S., go to school there, live with that family, and just being someone and don't have never again to worry about being identified. I saw the opportunity.
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Wayfaring Stranger
Written by David Eugene Edwards & Jean Yves Tola (as Edwards/Tola)
Performed by Sixteen Horsepower (as 16 Horsepower)
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A story that needs to be heard
10 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

For me, this film came out of nowhere. I missed its cinematic run and only came across it after it was featured in a copy of Total Film magazine. The Imposter tells the story of French con artist Frederic Bourdin, who manages to trick his way into a small town American family in the belief he is missing family member of 3 years, Nicholas Gibson.

Many questions are asked, not all of them are answered. For instance, why would the Gibson's take a complete stranger into their house? Did they believe Bourdin was genuinely Nicholas or did they just want him to be Nicholas? Was there an ulterior motive to the families acceptance of this stranger among them, or were they innocent and Bourdin was just a very convincing liar?

Certainly looking from the outside in it's very easy to question the stupidity of the Gibson family for allowing this chameleon into their home and seeing how he managed to concoct so many lies and not get caught sooner. In fact, if it wasn't for the efforts of a private investigator and a suspicious FBI agent, Bourdin may still be living in the United States as Nicholas Gibson and no one would be any the wiser.

As we follow the story the mystery grows ever deeper. It's a brilliant feat by the director to be able to build such tension in a film like this, using facts and true life testimonies to build an unbelievable tale where we are completely none the wiser at any point during the film as to who is actually telling the truth.

For a documentary, The Imposter is genuinely breathtaking. Moving quicker than a Hollywood thriller and a thousand times more intriguing. This true story is both gripping and shocking and completely worthy of your attention.


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