Thursday Movie Picks: Fake Identity

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
Today we’ll talk about some flicks featuring the fake identity trope!

#1 Mulan

I still haven’t seen the live-action-remake but the original Mulan movie is near and dear to my heart. Mulan disguises herself as a man to fight in a war instead of her father.

#2 Catch me if you can

This is one I have seen countless times, mainly because it aired on German TV a lot. ๐Ÿ˜… It’s a funny film (based on real events!) about Frank Abagnale Jr. who basically spends his entire life faking it – as a doctor, a lawyer or even as a pilot!

#3 Parasite

What a great film this is! Honestly, there was nothing about Parasite that I didn’t enjoy. Here, each member of a poorer family takes on a fake identity to swindel themselves into the life of a rich upper-class family!

What’s your favorite film featuring fake identities? Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Fake Identity

  1. I love Catch Me If You Can! I’m not always wild for DiCaprio but he was a great fit in this matched by Tom Hanks (nicely thorny for a change). Great opening credits and a wonderfully relaxed feel to the entire film.

    Mulan is something that I’ve seen all of but only in bits and pieces and that’s only because my nieces and nephews use to watch it constantly when they were little.

    Parasite is the only Best Picture winner I still have to see. I’ve heard elaborate praise though I’ve tried not to find out too much about it, that almost always leads to disappointment.

    My third pick bears quite a few similarities to Catch Me if You Can but came first.

    This Side of the Law (1950)-Picked up on a vagrancy charge wanderer David Cummins (Kent Smith) is bailed out by lawyer Philip Cagle (Robert Douglas) because he bears a remarkable resemblance to multi-millionaire Malcolm Taylor. As it happens Taylor is about to be declared dead after having gone missing seven years hence, if David will assume Taylorโ€™s identity and convince his estranged family-wife Evelyn (Viveca Lindfors), brother Calder (John Alvin) and sister-in-law Nadine (Janis Paige)-that he is truly the missing man Cagle will pay him five thousand dollars. What seems like easy money quickly spirals into a web of deception and murder.

    The Man Who Never Was (1956)-During WWII as Britain mobilizes to invade Sicily, intelligence agent Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) conceives a diversionary scheme to lead Germany to believe the true target is Greece. Creating the false identity of Major William Martin for a young man with no family who recently died of pneumonia (giving the appearance of drowning) Montagu plants phony top secret documents on the body and arranges for it to wash ashore in Spain. While Hitler believes the information German undercover agent Patrick Oโ€™Reilly (Stephen Boyd) is skeptical. His suspicions risk exposing the deception.

    The Great Imposter (1961)-Young Ferdinand Demara Jr. (Tony Curtis) quits high school to join the Army with hopes of becoming an officer but finds his lack of education stands in his way. His solution is to fake papers as an officer in the Marines but eventually his lie is detected. On the run he assumes the identity of a Trappist monk. In time though he again must flee and as the years pass Demara impersonates a sailor, prison warden, teacher and doctor as his journeys take him around the globe. This is based on a true story.

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  2. Nice picks! I can’t believe I didn’t think of Mulan but it totally fits the theme. And I almost picked Parasite but went with something else instead. We share Catch Me If You Can though. Great movie!

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  3. I have not seen Mulan but love Catch Me which is well acted and entertaining. Parasite was great until it went off kilter with the bloodbath. I hated that part and all that violence that just didnโ€™t gel with the rest of the film.

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