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Identity “theft” and other identity-related crimes – a further selection of relevant worldwidely released films (in chronological order).


Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) 

Directed by Alexander Hall Cast: Robert Montgomery - Joe Pendleton/Bruce Farnsworth/Ralph ‘KO’ Murdoch, Evelyn Keyes - Bette Logan, Claude Rains - Mr. Jordan, Rita Johnson - Julia Farnsworth  

Boxer Joe Pendleton, flying to his next fight, crashes because a Heavenly Messenger, Mr. Jordan, new on the job, snatched Joe’s spirit prematurely from his body. Before the matter can be rectified, Joe’s body is cremated; so the celestial Mr. Jordan grants him the use of the body of wealthy Bruce Farnsworth, who’s just been murdered by his wife. Joe tries to remake Farnsworth’s unworthy life in his own clean-cut image, but then falls in love; and what about that murderous wife? 


La Otra (1946) 

Directed by Roberto Gavaldón. Cast: Dolores del Rio - Magdalena Méndez/María Méndez, Agustín Irusta - Roberto Gonzalez, Víctor Junco - Fernando, José Baviera - Licensiado de la Fuente, Manuel Dondé - Agente Vilar, Conchita Carracedo - Carmela, Carlos Villarías - Lic. Felix Mendoza, Rafael Icardo - Juez.

Manicurist Maria Mendez encounters her twin, Magdalena DeLago (Delores Del Rio in a dual role), at the funeral of Magdalena’s wealthy husband. The two sisters have been estranged ever since Magdalena tricked Maria’s sweetheart into marrying her years before. At Magdalena’s mansion Maria is in awe of her twin’s wealthy lifestyle and her long pent-up bitterness comes out. The fact that it all could have been hers makes her own life seem worthless even though her detective boyfriend Roberto (Augustin Irusta) loves her and wants to marry her. On Christmas Eve Maria lures her sister to her apartment and murders her. A suicide note makes it look like "Maria" shot herself and she assumes Magdalena’s identity. Maria must think quickly, however, to surmount the obstacles that arise from her impersonation because Magdalena had a few dark secrets of her own. She has no choice but to play along with Magdalena’s lounge-lizard lover, Fernando (Victor Junco), who helped Magdalena murder her husband. Fernando realizes she’s an impostor and blackmails her but eventually confesses to authorities and there’s poetic justice as the scheme to take over her sister’s life comes crashing down. Maria finds out too late that you should beware of what you want…  


The 3rd Voice (1960) 

Directed by Hubert Cornfield Cast: Edmond O’Brien - The Voice, Julie London - Corey Scott, Laraine Day - Marian Forbes  

Marion Forbes is the secretary, the lover and the creator of the financial fortunes of Harry Chapman, but Chapman falls in love with Francis and decides to marry her. The revenge of Marion is terrible. With the help of the third voice she kills Harry who is then impersonated by the third voice. All of this to steal $600,000. 


Seconds (1966) 

Directed by John Frankenheimer Cast: Rock Hudson - Antiochus ‘Tony’ Wilson, Salome Jens - Nora Marcus, John Randolph - Arthur Hamilton  

There is a very secret organization that offers wealthy people a second chance at life; the customer picks out someone they want to be and the organization surgically alters the customer to look like the intended person, stages the customer’s death, gets rid of the intended person and the customer has a new life. There’s only one thing they didn’t count on… 


"Blindpassasjer" (1978) (mini) 

Directed by Stein-Roger Bull Cast: Bjørn Floberg - Akeron, Ola B. Johannessen - Jason, Trini Lund - Elis, Henny Moan - Leda, Ole-Jørgen Nilsen - Byråkraten, Marit Østbye - Gaia 

The spaceship Marco Polo is returning from a mission at the newly discovered planet Rossum. While the five members of the crew are in deep sleep a mysterious shape is captured on one of the surveillance monitors. Awakened the crew soon discover that one of their number has been killed, and something is living among them in the shape of a crewmate. But who is it? 


The Prince and the Pauper (1990) 

Directed by George Scribner Cast: Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse/Prince Mickey (voice), Bill Farmer - Goofy/Horace/Weasel #1/Pluto (voice), Arthur Burghardt - Captain Pete (voice)  

Long ago in a land with an ailing king, there was a pair of boys who looked exactly alike, a pauper called Mickey and the other, the Crown Prince. Mickey dreamed of plenty and an easy life as Royalty and the Prince dreamed of the freedom as a subject. Happenstance throws them together and their mutual resemblance inspires the pair to switch identities to see how the other lives. To their surprise, Mickey learns of the duties and responsibilities of royalty while the Prince learns to his horror that the Royal Captain of the Guard has taken advantage of the existing power vacuum to inflict brutal tyranny on the subjects. Now the Prince must react to this evil, unaware that the Captain knows about the identity swap and is using it to his own advantage while dominating Mickey who plays the Heir to the Throne. 


Switch (1991) 

Directed by Blake Edwards Cast: Ellen Barkin - Amanda Brooks, Jimmy Smits - Walter Stone, JoBeth Williams - Margo Brofman, Lorraine Bracco - Sheila Faxton, Tony Roberts - Arnold Freidkin, Perry King - Steve Brooks, Bruce Payne - The Devil (as Bruce Martyn Payne), Lysette Anthony – Liz, Victoria Mahoney – Felicia, Basil Hoffman – Higgins, Catherine Keener - Steve’s Secretary, Kevin Kilner - Dan Jones, David Wohl - Attorney Caldwell, James Harper - Lieutenant Laster, John Lafayette - Sergeant Phillips 

Steve Brooks is a sexist and the prototype macho. Unfortunately one day he is killed by one of his girlfriends. In heaven, though, there is no place for men like him and he is sent back to earth in the body of a woman so that he can see how women are treated by men like the one he once was. 


Deceived (1991) 

Directed by Damian Harris Cast: Goldie Hawn - Adrienne Saunders, Damon Redfern - Maitre D’, John Heard - Jack Saunders, Charles Kassatly - Waiter, Robin Bartlett - Charlotte, Ashley Peldon - Mary Saunders, Beatrice Straight - Adrienne’s Mother, George R. Robertson - Adrienne’s Father, Maia Filar - Carol Gingold, Tom Irwin - Harvey, Jan Rubes - Tomasz, Anais Granofsky - Ellen, Heidi von Palleske - Mrs. Peabody, Stanley Anderson - Det. Kinsella, Peter Stevens - Ron  

A marriage that seemed perfect comes crashing down after the supposed death of Jack Saunders, husband of Adrienne Saunders. After his supposed death, strange developments begin to be discovered by Adrienne regarding Jack’s past. Developments that lead her to believe she has been Deceived. 


Face of Evil (1996) 

Directed by Mary Lambert Cast: Tracey Gold - Darcy Palmer/Barbara Richards, Perry King - Russell Polk, Shawnee Smith - Jeanelle Polk, Don Harvey - Quinn Harris, Brigitta Dau - Sabrina, Simi Mehta - Zoe, Nicole Prescott - Marnie  

Darcy Palmer is a young unsuccessful painter. After killing a student, Brianne Dwyer, she takes her identity and enters an arts college. She soon gets to know the father of her room-mate, who, seduced by Darcy’s beauty introduces her to the world of art collections. But the truth is soon discovered: Darcy has already killed more than one girl taking their identity - even Darcy might not be her real name… 


Dead Silence (1997) 

Directed by Daniel Petrie Jr. Cast: James Garner - John Potter, Kim Coates - Theodore ‘Ted’ Handy, Marlee Matlin - Melanie Charrol, Lolita Davidovich - Det. Sharon Foster, Charles Martin Smith - Roland W. Marks  

Three escaped convicts from prison take a group of deaf students hostage and hold them captive to keep the authorities at bay. FBI agent John Potter (James Garner) leads the FBIs hostage rescue team in their efforts to get the kids released without harm and also to capture the escapees. Potter’s handling of the situation is interfered with by New York State Assistant Attorney General Roland W. Marks, as Potter enlists the help of Sharon Foster, the negotiator who talked Ted into surrendering in the hostage situation that got Ted put in prison. But Sharon is not who she says she is, and Potter must take it upon himself to rescue the hostages. 


Meschugge (1998) 

Directed by Dani Levy Cast: Maria Schrader - Lena Katz, Dani Levy - David Fish, David Strathairn - Charles Kaminski, Nicole Heesters - Lena’s Mother  

Lena Katz, who is German, and David Fish, who is American, are Jews who live in New York. When Lena’s mother, who arrives from Germany, meets her at a hotel, she finds an almost-dead woman lying on the hotel floor. She accompanies the injured woman to the hospital and meets David, who is the woman’s son. After David’s mother dies from the injuries, a question remains: was she murdered? The trail leads to Germany. Apparently, Lena’s mother has some kind of relationship with David’s mother that reaches back into the dark German history of the 1940s. 


The Imperiled Princess (2000) 

Directed by Jon Woods Cast: Goldie Blair - Second Bodyguard, Misty Grayson - Government Official, Andrea Neal - First Bodyguard, Cleo Nicole - Enemy Agent (as Cleo Nichole), Toni - Princess (as Dorian Grant)  

A buxom, raven-haired princess falls in love with an American soldier and determines to return to the United States when the G.I.’s tour is up. She leaves her startled bodyguard bound and gagged and flies to America, pursued by an enemy agent with a nefarious scheme. The agent captures a State Department official and assumes her identity, then proceeds with her plan to kidnap the princess. Unfortunately for the comely agent and her captive victim, there are more powerful villains lurking about who would love to spirit too lovely ladies away for parts unknown. 


Xchange (2000) 

Directed by Allan Moyle Cast: Stephen Baldwin - Clone #1/Toffler 3, Pascale Bussières - Madeleine Renard, Kim Coates - Toffler/Fisk 2, Kyle MacLachlan - Fisk/Toffler 2 (as Kyle Maclachlan)  

In the near future, a company called Xchange owns a mind transference technology that enables instantaneous travel by swapping bodies with someone at the destination. A member of the privileged corporate class ("Corpie") Xchanging for the first time unwittingly switches bodies with a terrorist. Forced to hide in a limited life span cloned body with just 2 days remaining, he races against time to stop the terrorist and regain his body. 


Femme Fatale (2002) 

Directed by Brian De Palma Cast: Rebecca Romijn - Laure Ash/Lily (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Antonio Banderas - Nicolas Bardo, Peter Coyote - Bruce Watts, Eriq Ebouaney - Black Tie  

International con artist/thief Laure Ash helps pull off a diamond robbery in Cannes during the annual film festival. She double-crosses her partners-in-crime and makes off with the diamonds to Paris where she accidentally assumes the identity of a distraught woman who commits suicide and then leaves the country. Seven years later, Laure (now called Lily Watts) re-surfaces as the wife of the new American ambassador to France where a certain Nicolas Barto, a Spanish photographer, takes her picture which sets the stage for a motion of events as the evil Laure resorts to low, underhanded means to protect her former identity by emotionally and financially destroying Nicolas while evading her former partners-in-crime still looking for her to reclaim the stolen diamonds. 


Die Another Day (2002) 

Directed by Lee Tamahori Cast: Pierce Brosnan - James Bond, Halle Berry - Jinx, Toby Stephens - Gustav Graves, Rosamund Pike - Miranda Frost 

The story begins in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase and continues via Hong Kong to Cuba and London where Bond meets up with the two ladies who are to play such important and differing roles in his quest to unmask a traitor and to prevent a war of catastrophic consequence. Hot on the trail of the principle villains, Bond travels to Iceland where he experiences at first hand the power of an amazing new weapon before a dramatic confrontation with his main adversary back in Korea where it all started… 


National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze (2003) 

Directed by David Hillenbrand and Scott Hillenbrand Cast: Tatyana Ali - Claire, Boti Bliss - Dominique the Hooker, Gable Carr - Rachel, Patrick Cavanaugh - Pete, James DeBello - Cliff, Marieh Delfino - Gerri, Tony Denman - Newmar, Danielle Fishel - Marla  

Dorm Daze unfolds during a crazy afternoon at a university co-ed dormitory in the days before Christmas break when one of the students, Styles McFee (Patrick Renna), hires a prostitute named Dominique (Boti Bliss) for his unwitting brother, Booker (Chris Owen), to lose his virginity. But Booker prefers to loose his virginity to his long-term sweetheart Rachel (Gable Carr) just down the hall. Meanwhile, another student, named Wang (Paul H. Kim), awaits the arrival of a French foreign exchange student, who speaks little English, also named Dominique (Marie Nicolle Marquis). Farcical wackiness ensues as a series of mistaken identities and mishaps escalate into monumental proportions starting when Wang leaves for work, Dominique the Student arrives and is mistaken for the prostitute by Styles, while Dominique the Hooker is mistaken for the student by others including the two dorm gossip queens Lynn (Jennifer Lyons) and Marla (Danielle Fischel). Other characters involve Adrienne (Cameron Richardson), who is targeted by the dorm geek, Newmar (Tony Denman), with whom they had a drunken fling the night before. Adrienne tries to find a missing handbag belonging to her friend, Claire (Tatyana Ali), who is having boyfriend troubles with Tony (Edwin Hodge). Adrienne’s roommate, Gerri (Mariah Delfino), inadvertently gets her hands on another handbag similar looking to Claire’s which is filled with $30,000 in cash. Gerri is soon mistaken for a shadowy hitwoman, named Britany the Snake, by a local gangster named Lorenzo (Courtney Gains). Elsewhere, Pete’s (Patrick Cavanaugh) punk friend Cliff (Jamed DeBello) enters the dorm when Pete has to go to work. Cliff soon teams up with Dominique the Hooker to find the missing handbag with the cash while the token gay student Foosball (Randy Spelling) works his way through all the plots of this collegiate comedy of Shakespearean proportions. 


Taking Lives (2004) 

Directed by D.J. Caruso Cast: Angelina Jolie - Illeana, Ethan Hawke - Costa, Kiefer Sutherland - Hart, Gena Rowlands - Mrs. Asher, Olivier Martinez - Paquette, Tchéky Karyo - Leclair, Jean-Hugues Anglade - Duval 

A successful FBI profiler, Illeana Scott (Jolie), is summoned to help out Canadian law enforcement in Montreal, to hunt down a serial killer who assumes the lives and identities (hence the title) of the people he kills as he travels across North America, which forces Illeana to adjust to working in a strange city with a police team with which she doesn’t really fit in. 


Wicker Park (2004) 

Directed by Paul McGuigan Cast: Josh Hartnett - Matthew, Rose Byrne - Alex, Matthew Lillard - Luke, Diane Kruger - Lisa, Christopher Cousins - Daniel  

Investment Banker Matthew, a young advertising executive in Chicago, puts his life and a business trip to China on hold when he thinks he sees Lisa, the love of his life who walked out on him without a word two years earlier, walking out of a restaurant one day. With a little help from his friend Luke, Matthew obsessively and relentlessly tracks Lisa down and while doing so, runs into another young woman, calling herself Lisa whom, unknown to Matthew, is an actress named Alex and may hold the key to Lisa’s disappearance, and discovery. 



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