Rent The Imposter (2012)

3.4 of 5 from 258 ratings
1h 35min
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In 1994, 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappears from his home in Texas. Three years later he is found in Spain, disorientated and quivering with fear. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not what it seems. Whilst he bears many of the same distinguishing marks and tattoos, the boy looks decidedly different and now speaks with a strange accent. Why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this astonishing true story takes an even stranger turn.
Adam O'Brian, , , Alan Teichman, Ivan Villanueva, , Anton Marti, Amparo Fontanet, Ken Appledorn, Carey Gibson, Bryan Gibson, Beverly Dollarhide, Frédéric Bourdin, , Philip French, Codey Gibson, , Bruce Perry, Allie Hosteiler,
Dimitri Doganis
Bart Layton, Dimitri Doganis
Revolver Entertainment
British Films, Documentary

2013 BAFTA Outstanding Debut

Release Date:
Run Time:
95 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Making 'The Imposter'
  • Exclusive Q and A hosted by Jon Ronson (with Director Bart Layton, Producer Dimitri Doganis and Charlie Parker)
Release Date:
Run Time:
95 minutes
  • Making 'The Imposter'
  • Exclusive Q and A hosted by Jon Bonson (with Director Bart Layton, Producer Dimitri Doganis and Charlie Parker)

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Reviews (2) of The Imposter

Weird and not in a good way - The Imposter review by CP Customer

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I'm sorry but I didn't get this at all. It is told entirely in a documentary style which is fair enough, but its just not done in an engaging way or in a way that encourages you to build any connection with the characters. I'm sure that it is a extraordinary story but I was very soon fast forwarding so can't say for sure.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

A fascinating DOCUMENTARY about an imposter claiming to be a disappeared kid in the USA - The Imposter review by PV

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I do not usually watch documentaries but got this out as it looked fascinating and it is.

All about identity and who we pretend to be, the roles we play, what we choose to believe and what is or may be true or false, and who may or may not be telling the truth, or sociopaths or even psychopaths.

Also all about a massively messed up American family which, as the 'imposter' says himself, is not the USA of tall buildings and busy cities he was expecting to see and what is always shown in Hollywood movies. That flyover state America of malls and debt and wooden houses and wasteland is the real America for many.

This whole story may pan out more in future decades if more evidence is uncovered - which may or may nor happen. No spoilers but I know what I think happened...

I would have liked a little more information about what 'the imposter' is doing now at the end BUT the documentary got a scoop anyway by interviewing him so much.

I just do not understand another reviewer;'s 1 star score and the claim it is in a 'documentary style' - did they really think it was a feature film mockumentary? This is a DOCUMENTARY about real events with real people.

4 stars. A decent watch and a fascinating almost incredible story. But true.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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