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The Tall Guy (1989)

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Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires ... See full summary »

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Kate
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Carmen
Emil Wolk ...
Charlie
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Cheryl
Harold Innocent ...
Timothy
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Mary
Joanna Kanska ...
Tamara
Peter Kelly ...
Gavin
Tim Barlow ...
Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas ...
Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins ...
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Freddy
Joolia Cappleman ...
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Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires him, he acquires the title role in a musical stage version of "The Elephant Man". Kate dumps him when she suspects he is having an affair with a fellow cast member, and he must win her back. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Comedy | Romance

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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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The Tall Guy  »

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$510,712 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut for performer Mel Smith. See more »

Goofs

Kate and Dexter would not have been able to place ladders against the poster of Ron Anderson; the next scene shows an awning that would have been in the way. See more »

Quotes

Dexter: How was your day?
Kate: Not great. A nurses's day is always pretty grisly. A woman I was with gave birth to a baby in a lift.
Dexter: Well, that was okay, er?
Kate: It would have been, but her husband slipped on the afterbirth and broke his collarbone.
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Crazy Credits

Michael Fitzgerald's full credit in the movie is "Man with vacuum cleaner tube up his bottom." See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

It Must Be Love
Written by Labi Siffre
MAM Music Publishing/Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Performed by Madness
By Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd. and Geffen Records
(by arrangement with Warner Special Products)
from the Album "Complete Madness"
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One scene alone makes it worth seeing
13 March 2001 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Now, I have to say that I went to see this based on the review of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, both of whom could not get through a sentence without breaking into laughter when discussing several key scenes. I had never seen either one of them behave that way before, so I went out--this is, what, twelve years ago?--and plunked down my $5 and proceeded to laugh my butt off for two hours. I found both the sex scene and the scene of the musical to be minor gems, and can't recommend this film highly enough, particularly if you are A) a Jeff Goldblum fan, B) an Emma Thompson fan C) a Rowan Atkinson fan, or D) a musical theatre aficionado. You will laugh about the musical theater scene for years to come, particularly if you think Andrew Lloyd Webber is the antichrist, as I do.


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