The Great Impostor

1961

Comedy / Drama

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IMDb Rating 7.1

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 10

My favorite Tony Curtis picture has always been The Great Imposter. He&#39;s supported in this true story of a man who wouldn&#39;t settle for the humdrum by a wonderful cast of Hollywood players.<br/><br/>This film is particularly personal to me because I knew a Ferdinand Waldo DeMara character in my life. This person was not a great impostor like Curtis plays in this film, but like DeMara was amazingly bright and was a quick study. Even though he didn&#39;t have a high school diploma just like Fred DeMara, like DeMara with study he could learn enough to do anything. Unfortunately in the span of his life on earth all he did was use his brain was to con the social service system. And like Karl Malden&#39;s priest confidante to Tony Curtis, I told him he could do so much more with his life. Tony Curtis&#39;s performance is spot-on for me.<br/><br/>I have to say that my favorite moment in the movie is when DeMara is finally unmasked and we see a series of reaction shots of the various people he&#39;s fooled. Most of the facial expressions are of shock, but Raymond Massey who plays the Abbott of a Trappist Monastery reads the newspaper and has a grin that is priceless.<br/><br/>Recently Leonardo DiCaprio did a similar film and Catch Me If You Can did not take as lighthearted an approach as The Great Imposter. But the two should be viewed side by side for comparison. Leo&#39;s Frank Abegnale is also spot-on, but I think I like Tony Curtis&#39;s performance a tad better.<br/><br/>Maybe because this film is so personal others might not see it as I do, but I give it the best rating around.

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Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 6

Tony Curtis portrays &quot;Ferdinand Waldo Demara Jr.,&quot; who faked being a doctor, warden, monk and teacher. When I saw this at the theater 45 years ago, I thought it was fascinating. Much older and seeing it on tape about 10 years ago, it wasn&#39;t as interesting as I had remembered. I guess when you&#39;re a kid, everything on the big screen is impressive.<br/><br/>Humor helped in this film, giving it some life here and there as it&#39;s a bit slow-moving but still entertaining. I&#39;ve usually found Curtis entertaining to watch, a man who played a lot of interesting characters. I still think he is/was an underrated actor, too. <br/><br/>It was nice seeing the main character, although being a fake, still asking for God&#39;s help in certain situations, inside knowing he was not doing the right thing. Those parts would be edited out if the film was re-made today. I agree, too, with a fellow reviewer that faking being a surgeon is not something to be laughed at, especially if he was doing his operating on you or me!

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Reviewed by clifh 10

I can not imagine why this movie has not been released on DVD. When it first came out I went to see it several times. When it is on TV I always watch it. Not only is the story and performance of Curtis great, the music score is memorable.

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