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The Impostors (1998)

R | | Comedy | 2 October 1998 (USA)
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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Platt ... Maurice
Stanley Tucci ... Arthur
Walker Jones Walker Jones ... Maitre D'
Jessica Walling Jessica Walling ... Attractive Woman
David Lipman ... Baker in Kramer's Pastries
E. Katherine Kerr ... Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall George Guidall ... Claudius in "Hamlet"
William Hill ... Bernardo in "Hamlet"
Alfred Molina ... Sir Jeremy Burtom
Michael Emerson ... Burtom's Assistant
Jack O'Connell ... Stage Manager
Matt Malloy ... Mike / Laertes in "Hamlet"
Ted Blumberg Ted Blumberg ... Francisco in "Hamlet"
Lili Taylor ... Lily 'Lil'
Tony Shalhoub ... Voltri, First Mate
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Storyline

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents. Of course, the lead actor end up on the ship as well. Also, a madman (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship and Steve Buscemi is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer named Happy Frank. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Why be yourself when you can be somebody else? See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ship of Fools See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$308,767, 4 October 1998

Gross USA:

$2,198,044

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,198,044
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt first met at Yale University where they developed the characters of the two unemployed actors that they play in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Maurice (Oliver Platt) goes in the bakery to insult the baker and tell him His pastries are stale he is offered a cream puff to taste, he then stuffs it in his mouth which amounts to some being dropped on his lapel, in the next shots his lapel is clean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maurice: [as they discuss an act which they did] I'm sorry.
Arthur: You stole my death.
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China Boy
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Pure, tongue-in-cheek, humor from start to finish.
11 October 2011 | by lindazSee all my reviews

Pure, tongue-in-cheek, humor from start to finish.

A near perfect film. Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt make a great duo in this comedy about two starving actors.

Desperate for food, they decide to con a pastry chef out of some of his pastry. As previously planned, Platt comes to the pastry chef's "rescue", but instead of getting pastry, he gets two tickets to see hack stage actor, Jeremy Burtom excellently played by Alfred Molina.

Through a series of incidents, Burtom threatens the boys with imprisonment if he catches them, The two end up accidentally stowing away on a cruise ship and that's when everything gets complicated.

An excellent cast was assembled for this superbly funny script. Watch for Campbell Scott, son of George C. Scott. His portrayal of a Nazi-like ship steward is hilarious.

My hat goes off to Stanley Tucci for doing an excellent job writing and directing this film! I only hope more people can see this jewel.


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