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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Product Details

Genres Thriller, 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)

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47 of 55 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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7 of 7 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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gwen 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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arretamador on August 4, 2014
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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 and heart breaking true story. I was glued to the TV the entire time, I was so shocked at the insanity and the characters behavior that I had to watch it twice just to make sure I didn't miss anything. it is. If you want to watch a true sociopath in action then you must watch this film. Maybe the way the movie was filmed wasn't high budget or particularly aesthetically pleasing. But the grittiness and the footage that the film maker caught was sheer genius. Why no one else has ever made a documentary film about this story is a mystery to me. I am going to always going to be interested in this police case and the characters involved. I wish there was more information about this story for me to know so I could try to figure out what happened and why. I felt repelled and yet I couldn't stop watching it. I found myself getting angry and disgusted by what I was seeing and I also felt heartbroken and empathetic at times as well. It's a movie I would suggest to any adult or teenager to watch. A great study on human behavior and our attitudes towards people living in poverty. It's unfortunately not a happy story. It doesn't have a ending that gives you resolution, the case hasn't been given the attention it should be getting by the police or FBI so you will feel frustrated with that as well. I am giving it five stars because I am a movie snob, sociopaths fascinate me, our belief systems in America are negative towards poverty and it upsets me and lastly because the people involved are not what they seem at all. You will find yourself confused and upset which makes you want to watch it even more closely so you can try to figure out why. I am not a articulate movie critic but I do know a great story when I see one.
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