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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Bart Layton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Barclay Nicholas Barclay ... Self - Missing Person (archive footage)
Carey Gibson Carey Gibson ... Self - Nicholas' Sister
Bryan Gibson Bryan Gibson ... Self - Nicholas' Brother-in-Law
Beverly Dollarhide Beverly Dollarhide ... Self - Nicholas' Mother
Frédéric Bourdin Frédéric Bourdin ... Self - Imposter (as Frederic Bourdin)
Nancy Fisher Nancy Fisher ... Self - Special Agent, FBI (as Nancy B. Fisher)
Philip French Philip French ... Self - Consul General, U. S. Embassy in Spain (as Phillip French)
Codey Gibson Codey Gibson ... Self - Nicholas' Nephew
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker ... Self - Private Investigator
Bruce Perry Bruce Perry ... Self - Texas Children's Hospital (as Bruce D. Perry)
Allie Hostetler Allie Hostetler ... Self - Nicholas' Neighbor (as Allie Hosteiler)
Kevin Hendricks Kevin Hendricks ... Self - Nicholas' Childhood Friend
Adam O'Brian ... Frédéric Bourdin
Anna Ruben ... Carey Gibson
Cathy Dresbach Cathy Dresbach ... Nancy Fisher
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Storyline

In 1994, a thirteen year old boy disappeared from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive and well thousands of miles away in Europe. He tells a story of kidnap and torture when he returns. While his family is excited to bring him home, all is not as it seem. Written by yusufpiskin

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June 1994. Nicholas Barclay disappears from Texas. Three years later he is found in Spain. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Version of The Chameleon (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Wayfaring Stranger
Written by David Eugene Edwards & Jean Yves Tola (as Edwards/Tola)
Performed by Sixteen Horsepower (as 16 Horsepower)
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The Imposter
4 January 2018 | by WubsTheFadgerSee all my reviews

Short and Simple Review by WubsTheFadger

Word of Warning: I would recommend going into this film completely blind. Watching this film with no information about it is the best way to see it.

The story is extremely gripping. This documentary/mystery film is full of twists, real life sadness, and a powerful story. It leaves you with many unanswered questions, but does so in a way that leaves you tingling in contemplation. The plot can be disturbing to some and at times it can be quite scary.

The acting and storytelling is fluent. Most of the acting is done by people who had first hand accounts of the real life story. Some of the acting is reenacted which brings some depth and suspense to the story. The twist is very unexpected and it is deal with care.

The tone throughout the film is very dark. There are moments that send chills down your spine.

The pacing is okay but there are parts in the film that seemed out of place. In the beginning, I found myself getting lost in all the things that were going on.

Pros: Great story, amazing twist, unanswered questions, powerful storytelling, consistent tone, and strong first hand accounts in regard to the story

Cons: Okay pacing and some moments that were a bit confusing

Overall Rating: 8.2

P.S. If you enjoyed this film, you might also enjoy Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008). It is a documentary film that has the same mix of drama and crime.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,379, 15 July 2012

Gross USA:

$898,317

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,001,877
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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