The Imposter 2012 R CC

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Unforgettable, chilling and emotional, The Imposter tells the gripping true story of a Texan boy who went missing in 1994 and was miraculously found three and a half years later thousands of miles away in southern Spain. Despite glaring inconsistencies in his physical appearance, the boy's family brought their long-lost "son" home to restart his life in Texas. Questions soon arise: how could the Barclay's blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so dramatically? Truth soon proves stranger than fiction as the real story emerges. Universally critically acclaimed and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a jaw-dropping story about the lies we want to believe and the truths we choose to construct.

Starring:
Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

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The Imposter

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Bart Layton
Starring Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben
Supporting actors Cathy Dresbach, Alan Teichman, Ivan Villanueva, María Jesús Hoyos, Anton Marti, Amparo Fontanet, Ken Appledorn, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Frédéric Bourdin, Nancy Fisher, Philip French, Codey Gibson, Charlie Parker, Bruce Perry, Allie Hosteiler, Kevin Hendricks
Studio Vivendi
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Well done movie with an interesting twist!!
mojowrkn
It's almost unbelievable that something like this could happen so the fact that it did makes one really wonder about people, their responses and the system!
J. Minton
This guy could not stop smiling away at the camera.
K.W

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2012
Format: DVD
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 By Gwendolyn C. Wilson on 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 By Amit Talpade on March 28, 2013
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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 By drose on 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 docu.....it is a heartbreaking story that piles one unbelievable one cicumstance on top of another....incredably well edited,..it is a jaw dropping movie...dont miss this one
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Richards on 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 By Hammer + Jazz on March 21, 2013
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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 By Andy on July 28, 2013
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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 on March 17, 2013
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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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