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The Tall Guy (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  21 September 1990 (USA)
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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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Harold Innocent ...
Timothy
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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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A nagy balek  »

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$510,712 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Richard Curtis can be seen briefly - he's the bearded man who Dexter passes on his way to the toilet during his date with Tamara. 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 is visiting Kate in her flat]
Kate: Sorry about last night, I was very tired.
[pause]
Kate: I'm less tired now, though...
Dexter: I'm not tired either.
Kate: Great! Two people... on their own... in the middle of the afternoon... and not tired!
[pause]
Dexter: Ideal circumstances for Scrabble.
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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

Let The Heartaches Begin
Written by Tony Macaulay & John MacLeod
Performed by Long John Baldry
By Courtesy of BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed from Precision Records & Tapes Ltd.
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One of my all time favourites
16 January 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I wouldn't say this film is great outstanding art, but there is something about it. The way it is poking fun at the entertainment business (good to see Rowan Atkinson taking the p**s out of himself!)? The way it doesn't take the musical "Elephant" serious? Does the film take itself serious? I don't know really.

The story as such is not worth a comment. The movie is hardly more than an array of hilarious scenes wrapped in an average love story. Though the love story seems not to be the major message, I was on the edge of the seat all the way through. There are so many clever jokes in this plot, at short intervals at that. Perhaps this makes the difference.

Jeff Goldblum is doing well in this European style comedy (didn't expect him to). Emma is doing great too. The music is well chosen from the 80th Britpop charts... Only the ending goes a bit flat, but I can live with it.

Finally I can't resist to comment on the sex scene. I was rolling on the ground, couldn't stop laughing. The best of its kind, by distance.


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