January 4th, 2002



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Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length feature film...

Release Year: 2001

Rating: 6.0/10 (11,792 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Gary Fleder

Stars: Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise

Originally a 30 minute portion for an anthology film, Impostor was retooled into a full length feature film. Based on the Philip K. Dick short story of the same name, it follows the lead character Spencer Olham's quest to regain his identity after being suspected as an alien android, in an future Earth at war with aliens that use the androids as bombs to destroy their enemies homeworlds.

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Scott Rosenberg

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 - Gang Boy #2
Judy Jean Berns - Disgruntled Woman
Veena Bidasha - Frowning Nurse
Ellen Bradley - Nursing Mother
Shane Brolly - Lt. Burrows
Golden Brooks - Cale's Sister

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

Release Date: 4 January 2002

Filming Locations: Ambassador Hotel - 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,022,523 (USA) (6 January 2002) (1870 Screens)

Gross: $6,114,237 (USA) (20 January 2002)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)

Did You Know?

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

Continuity: The bullet holes in Spencer's ESA jacket move around.

[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...

User Review

Philip K. Dick would like this movie

Rating: 9/10

This movie has gotten a bad rap mostly from folks who just didn't get it. Of all the movies based on Philip K Dick stories, this one actually is most true to the plot line. And as a fan of Philip K Dick I give this movie a lot of credit for that. He visualizes a dark, grim future world at war with aliens and the fear and confusion that comes from the impostor accusations. The movie reflects that very well. They did add some material just to make it a full length feature flick, since the original literary work is a short story. Sinise is excellent, Stowe is pretty and sensual as usual and D'Onofrio is over the top , as usual. A good cast, good photography and an interesting set design. I give the movie high marks, and recommend it especially to any fans of Philip K Dick.


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