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Director  Stanley Tucci
Initial DVD release  September 5, 2000
Country  United States
6.5/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Music director  Gary DeMichele
Writer  Stanley Tucci
Language  English
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Release date  October 2, 1998 (1998-10-02) (U.S.)
Cast  Oliver Platt (Maurice), Stanley Tucci (Arthur), Tony Shalhoub (Voltri, First Mate), Steve Buscemi (Happy Franks), Isabella Rossellini (The Veiled Queen), Billy Connolly (Mr. Sparks, the Tennis Pro)
Similar movies  Titanic, Shrek the Third, Shakespeare in Love, Rushmore, Jaws, Finding Neverland
Tagline  Why be yourself when you can be somebody else?

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The Impostors is a 1998 American farce motion picture directed, written and produced by Stanley Tucci, starring Oliver Platt, Tucci, Alfred Molina, Tony Shalhoub, Steve Buscemi, and Billy Connolly.


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The film, in which Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci play a Laurel and Hardy-like odd couple of out-of work actors, is set in the depression-era 1930s; indeed, the retro style of the film is a recreation of 1930s screwball comedy. The opening silent sequence harks back to the golden days of silent film. Although the plotting is light, the film is a warm-hearted and charming tribute to the early days of film comedy, fuelled by the eclectic mix of characters, who (as the title suggests) all turn out to be impostors of some kind; but the very diversity of the ensemble turns out to be the film's central point.

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The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

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Plot summary

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In New York City, 1938 Arthur (Tucci) and Maurice (Platt) scrape a living by petty swindles, practicing their acting technique whenever they can. Following a drunken confrontation with pretentious and dreadful Shakespearean actor Sir Jeremy Burtom (Alfred Molina), they are forced to hide as stowaways on an ocean liner.

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Unfortunately for the duo, Burtom himself turns out to be a passenger on the ship, along with a vividly diverse ensemble of larger-than-life characters: a suicidal crooner named Happy Franks (Steve Buscemi) sobs through a song; Mr. Sparks (Billy Connolly), an aging gay professional tennis player; the first mate Voltri (Tony Shalhoub), who is also a mad bomber with his own language; and many more.

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Mistaken identities, pratfalls, slapstick, outrageous dialogue, and general mayhem ensue.


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  • Oliver Platt — Maurice
  • Stanley Tucci — Arthur
  • David Lipman — Baker in Kramer's Pastries
  • Alfred Molina — Sir Jeremy Burtom
  • Michael Emerson — Burtom's Assistant
  • Matt Malloy — Mike who plays Laertes in "Hamlet"
  • Lili Taylor — Lily a.k.a. 'Lil'
  • Tony Shalhoub — Voltri, First Mate
  • Teagle F. Bougere — Sheik
  • Elizabeth Bracco — Pancetta Leaky
  • Steve Buscemi — Happy Franks
  • Dana Ivey - Mrs. Essendine
  • Hope Davis - Emily Essendine
  • Allison Janney — Maxine
  • Matt McGrath — Detective Marco
  • Richard Jenkins — Johnny Leguard
  • Isabella Rossellini — The Veiled Queen
  • Allan Corduner - Captain
  • Campbell Scott — Meistrich
  • Billy Connolly — Mr. Sparks, the Tennis Pro
  • Lewis J. Stadlen - Bandleader
  • Woody Allen — Audition Director (uncredited)
  • Reception

    Despite the star-studded cast (among the uncredited cameos are Woody Allen as a neurotic casting director), the film received generally mixed reviews. The Impostors holds a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


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