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Imposter (2012)

Frederic Bourdin , Adam O'Brian , Bart Layton  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frederic Bourdin, Adam O'Brian, Carey Gibson, Ann Ruben, Beverly Dollarhide
  • Directors: Bart Layton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Indomina
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008IG09FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy- bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had,- but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery thriller of the year: a MUST SEE October 13, 2012
I had seen the trailer of this movie a couple of times when catching other movies recently, and I have to say I was immensely intruiged by the premise of the movie. The movie finally opened this weekend here in Cincinnati and I went to see it right away.

"The Imposter" (2012 release; 99 min.) brings the tale of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 yr. old kid in San Antonio who disappears one day without a trace in 1994, only to be miraculously found 3 1/2 years later in... Spain! As it turns out, the boy in Spain is not really Nicholas, but some French guy pretending to be Nicholas. He manages to talk his way through everything, fooling US and Spanish diplomatic and legal personnel alike, and "long-lost Nicholas" is returned to Texas, where he is eagerly awaited by his overjoyed "family". Life is good for a while, but when others get involved upon his return (a trauma specialist, the FBI, etc.) he is eventually found out to be an imposter. At this point, we are only half-way into the movie, and I asked myself, well, what else is left to be told? And that is where the documentary REALLY takes off, and had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil the fun, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. There is not a whole lot of historical footage in the movie (although there is the footage of Nicholas' arrival at the San Antonio airport, just fascinating, and also Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung TV clips when the return of long-lost Nicholas made national headlines). Most of the movie consists of interviews with the principals (the imposter himself, several of the family members, etc.) and there are also "FBI Most Wanted"-like re-enactments of some pivotal scenes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing December 5, 2012
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Truth is truly stranger than fiction. This is possibly the only documentary I've ever seen that features a jaw-dropping "twist" toward the end, just like a real thriller. A sobering look at grief, family, lies, denial, government incompetence, and the universal human need to belong. Watch this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First impressions are nothing March 28, 2013
Was Nicholas Barclay who turned up in Spain, forty months later after disappearing in San Antonio in 1994 an impostor- which also happens to be a title of this disturbing tale. The documentary focuses more on the why and how and leaves you with more questions and confusion. Why would someone who is 23 want to assume the identity of a teenage boy seven years his junior? How does he know that Nicholas disappeared and what does he know about his disappearing. The most jaw dropping situation was his ability to fool the boys family and their total acceptance of this stranger as Nicholas, why would they do that? or was there any other reason for their acceptance? These questions dominate the documentary.......It is clear from the beginning that Frederic Bourdin is the lying con artist but he was convincing to fool the US state department and the entire Barclay family. They fly to Texas and hope to have a normal life but his hopes of normalcy are dashed because his con is exposed.
Bourdin is a cocky and self assured man with an air of nonchalance, he narrates the story and tell us how he made the entire story up.
The most fascinating and disturbing part of this tale, is how  the family or their kin were not able to sense that his man was a crook or  if they knew - he was not then why were they able to accept Bourdain so easily. The con would have been executed perfectly had it not been for Charlie Parker who noticed the difference in the size of ears in Bourdain and Nicholas’s.  Finally one question remains unresolved - Why did Bourdain do it and what happened to the real Nicholas Barclay.  Amazing and riveting. 5 stars 3/16/2013
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars roseread March 16, 2013
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I live in san antonio,and i vaugely remember the newscast which becomes the catlyist for this unbelievable true is a heartbreaking story that piles one unbelievable one cicumstance on top of another....incredably well edited, is a jaw dropping movie...dont miss this one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! March 4, 2013
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This documentary uses a quite a bit of re-enactment which for purists, I guess, may be a bad thing, but overall I was blown away by this movie. I had heard Buzz KIllman review this on the Steve Dahl podcast network and figured it was worth a watch if Buzz gives it a thumbs up. Was NOT disappointed. The end is crazy and I want to know more about this family.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most fascinating Docu's i've ever seen March 21, 2013
If you LOVE a great Documentary , look NO further . I'd read a number of places (newspapers and magazines) that this film was riveting and utterly unique . It's true . If you seek brilliant , true films about the Human condition , treat yourself . Masterful .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, edge of the seat stuff July 28, 2013
By Andy
I'm aghast that there are so many poor and average reviews for this movie that have dragged the overall ratings down to a 3 star - for me it's an absolute classic docu-drama and easily as good as the director's .other main film - Man On Wire.
Both these pictures are breathtaking accounts of real life events that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Tim
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Well done documentary to this case. I was not familiar with the story. The documentary held off in revealing the story twist until later in the film, keeping it interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Molly Boesch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Don't read about it, just watch it.
Published 1 month ago by LCS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by Milwaukee Lisa33
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must see" documentary!!!!
Anyone who says that this movie was not worth watching has no idea what they are talking about! It is such a creepy, disturbing, unbelievable, incomprehensible, tragic, mysterious... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arretamador
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic storytelling in a documentary at its finest
This was the most riveting documentary I have ever seen. The storytelling is masterful, with each person allowing the narrative to unfold with no expressions, speech or allusions... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Guest
2.0 out of 5 stars Bait and switch with very little bait and a lot of switching
What the heck was going on here? A documentary with some major re-enactments? An absurd fictional tale that defies comprehension? It just makes no sense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. C Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns of the improbable!!
A mystery of how could so many people could be totally duped by this imposter - or were they? ---- Only to find out that you, the audience, has also been tricked - so who's the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MAHECKER
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This movie keeps you wondering, very touching at times and a bit scary at the thought of what could be going on. Movie was well written and played.
Published 6 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars A documentary more exciting than most thrillers.
The title of Bart Layton's "The Imposter" tells us up front: the young man with a French accent who turns up at a Spanish juvenile shelter in 1997 is not Nicholas Barclay, a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miles D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Yes this movie was good and I enjoyed watching it. Its just a sad thing you never know what happened to the kid.
Published 8 months ago by CHARLIE
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