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Impostor (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 4 January 2002 (USA)
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In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.

Director:

Gary Fleder

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (short story "The Impostor"), Scott Rosenberg (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Spencer Olham
Madeleine Stowe ... Maya Olham
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Hathaway
Tony Shalhoub ... Nelson Gittes
Tim Guinee ... Dr. Carone
Mekhi Phifer ... Cale
Gary Dourdan ... Captain Burke
Lindsay Crouse ... Chancellor
Elizabeth Peña ... Midwife (as Elizabeth Pena)
Jason Beck Jason Beck ... Gang Boy #2
Judy Jean Berns Judy Jean Berns ... Disgruntled Woman
Veena Bidasha Veena Bidasha ... Frowning Nurse
Ellen Bradley Ellen Bradley ... Nursing Mother
Shane Brolly ... Lt. Burrows
Golden Brooks ... Cale's Sister
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Storyline

An exciting, action-packed sci-fi story from the author of Total Recall and Blade Runner, the thrilling Director's Cut of Impostor brings you Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13), Madeleine Stowe (We Were Soldiers, Playing By Heart), Vincent D'Onofrio (The Cell, Men In Black) and Mekhi Phifer (O, 8 Mile) in a stellar cast. At a time when the earth has been at war with an alien force for over a decade, the latest work of lauded governmental scientist Spencer Olham (Sinise) promises to save the planet. But suddenly, Olham himself is accused of being an alien spy and is thrown headlong into a disorienting nightmare as a fugitive from the law. With blasts of adrenaline-fueled intensity, this futuristic thriller soars as Olham races to prove his identity to the world...and himself...in time to save all mankind.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In the Future, not everyone is who they seem to be.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sci-fi violence, some sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impostor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,022,523, 6 January 2002

Gross USA:

$6,285,176

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,694,320
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First movie to include actors from all three of the CSIs 1. Gary Sinise - Detective Mac Taylor from CSI: NY (2004) 2. Gary Dourdan - Warrick Brown from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) 3. Adam Rodriguez - Eric Delko from CSI: Miami (2002). See more »

Goofs

The bullet holes in Spencer's ESA jacket move around. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Spencer Olham: There wasn't always a war with the Centauri, but in my lifetime it's all I've ever known. By the year 2050, six years after the first attack, we'd lost so many things. We'd lost the sky to electromagnetic domes, to shield the Earth from frequent air raids increasing in intensity. We'd lost the uncovered cities that the government forgot. We'd lost democracy to global leadership. We didn't expect peace anymore with the Centauri, because we came to see that peace wasn't their goal. ...
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Alternate Versions

The American DVD release includes the original short version that was meant to be one of three short segments in an anthology. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003) See more »

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Tribal Flight 1
by Richard Downing
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It's a trifling footrace and has a plot twist you can see all the way from Mars.
3 January 2002 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Earth in 2079 is less secure than in 2002. Our hero, Gary Sinise, is a weapons inventor mistaken for a bomb-carrying alien. Let the chase begin. Most of this lost-opportunity sci/fi is based on a story by Philip K. Dick, better known for his plots of `Total Recall' and the seminal `Blade Runner.'

If exploring identity were all director Gary Fleder had in mind, then all would be well. But Fleder loves the special effects and easy plot devices (like a vent in every escape scene). It becomes a trifling footrace and has a plot twist you can see all the way from Mars.

The plot holes are as many as dot our own moon: Isn't anyone interested in giving Sinise a test to show he's not an alien? Isn't it peculiar that so many vents are needed three quarters of a century from now? Hasn't the XFiles exhausted dark filmmaking by then?

Vincent D'Onofrio is a bad good guy enlarged by low angle shots, a devilish goatee, and snarls to help you see he is a bad ass. Like everything else, he is telegraphed and stereotyped,yet he does complement the identity theme enough to make the only interesting character in the film.

If you want a surfeit of strobe shots and slow mo, then go to see this loser. If you can wait until later this year, maybe Steven Speilberg and Tom Cruise will have a winner adapting Philip K. Dick for their sci-fi film called `Minority Report.'


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