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Con Man (2006)

James Hogue , Jesse Moss  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Hogue
  • Directors: Jesse Moss
  • Writers: Jesse Moss, David Samuels
  • Producers: Jesse Moss, James Marsh, Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GG4XXS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Con Man" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Original James Hogue police audio interrogation
  • Filmmaker biography
  • Photo gallery

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Mesmerizing and provocative, CON MAN explores the remarkable life of James Arthur Hogue, a brilliant imposter who embraced the American art of self-invention, fabricated a spectacular series of fictional identities for himself, and successfully conned his way into Princeton University. CON MAN begins with Hogue’s shocking arrest on the Princeton campus--where he’d earned a scholarship and a place on the track team--and then traces his life backwards to Palo Alto, where he pulled a similar scam at a suburban high school, and finally, to the humble streets of Kansas City, where he grew up. Filmmaker Jesse Moss--a high school classmate--interviews the impostor’s close friends, college roommate, prison cellmate, and ultimately Hogue himself, who speaks on camera for the first time ever about his crimes. Moss also gained access to previously sealed police records, including Hogue’s fradulent Princeton application and an audio recording of Hogue’s police interrogation. CON MAN is an intimate and disturbing profile of an elusive impostor who dared to outrun his past in pursuit of his own dark version of the American dream. DVD Features: Deleted Scenes; Original James Hogue Police Interview; Trailer; Photo Gallery; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of a con artist's career October 21, 2008
"Con Man" is the strange but true story of James Hogue; a prolific con artist. After an uneventful childhood and adulthood in Kansas, he enrolled in a Palo Alto high school as "Jay Mitchell Huntsman," a 16 year old orphan from Nevada. The director of this documentary knew Hogue from those high school days. He set track records there, but was very mysterious, and he was exposed as a fraud when a local reporter digs up his birth certificate which states that he was dead. He was suspended and then expelled from Palo Alto high School. Hogue was then arrested and convicted of the theft of bicycle frames in Utah, and deferred his admission to Princeton while he served his sentence. He next enrolled at Princeton in 1988 under the name Alexi Indris-Santana, a self-taught orphan from Utah. He was accepted by the staff of Princeton as brilliant, and had friends, although he was known to be quiet and a loner. His identity was exposed at a track meet when a student from Palo Alto high school recognized him. The film concentrates on what occured at Princeton and at Palo Alto high school. It is fascinating to watch. The interview with James Hogue (in which he NEVER makes eye contact with the camera) really makes the documentary. He rationalizes his actions, and does not take responsibility for being a fraud. He mentions that if he were a drug addict, there would be hundreds of psychiatrists interested in his story, but because he is not he never got the medical attention he needed to stop. It is continuously repeated in his story, and by him, that Hogue was just "...trying to make a fresh start. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very much a docudrama May 14, 2011
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After having read about Mr. Hogue, (james Arthur Hogue), his meteoric rise at an Ivy League University (Princeton), I was astounded and curious enough that I simply had to purchase the DVD 'Con Man' that explored the details of that venture in a very professional, documentary-like style. Good stuff!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another strong film from Jesse Moss November 30, 2009
I really enjoyed this film and its exploration of the mind and motives of a "con man." I thought the film did a great job capturing the complexity of the character, illuminating the mystery of this man's life and if not answering the question "why did he do it?" then at least posing the question in a compelling and interesting way, encouraging the viewer to make up their own mind about this fascinating character. This film is several cuts above your average crime documentary. I recommend it highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves a few questions July 30, 2008
Well-told tale of a kid-turned-drifter who cons his way into high school as a track star when he was 10 years older than everyone else, and who then cons his way into Princeton U where he becomes a star. Though repeatedly caught, and also arrested for unrelated thefts, the "star" keeps doing it, serving quite a bit of time in prison and jail, despite an obviously high IQ. The film just doesn't answer why, and interviews with the subject are not revealing either. Illness? But what kind? Also, should he have been allowed to graduate anyways, since he was obviously intelligent and talented enough? Moral questions are explored and somewhat answered. You'll probably hate the little female snitch from the high school who also blew the whistle at Princeton. A very strange tale, indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome August 9, 2013
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Amazon was the only place I could find this movie and it didn't skip. It was just what I expected.
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