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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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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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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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A nagy balek  »

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$510,712 (USA)
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Trivia

The name "Ron Anderson" is remarkably similar to the name of the actor who plays him, Rowan Atkinson. One of the other contenders for the award that Anderson won was Griff Rhys Jones, the "Jones" half of the comedy duo Smith & Jones (1984). Mel Smith (the Smith half) directed the film. Smith, Jones and Atkinson starred together in the television series Not the Nine O'Clock News (1979). Also, Anderson refers to his side-kick (Jeff Goldblum) on stage as "Perkins". When performing live, Atkinson frequently uses Angus Deayton as his sidekick who is always called "Perkins". Deayton makes a small appearance in the film as an actor looking at several excellent roles while Dexter gets offered a single role as a tall American. See more »

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The license plate on the ambulance bringing Kate to the Elephant premiere changes between shots. 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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Michael Fitzgerald's full credit in the movie is "Man with vacuum cleaner tube up his bottom." See more »

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Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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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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King Jeff!
9 November 2000 | by (Naples,Italy) – See all my reviews

I think this comedy express well the British humor,it's soft,lovely and never rude.Jeff Goldblum ,is Dexter King,an American actor who survives with many problems in London playing in minor roles ,his life is everything but brilliant until he meets a nurse and falls in love with her..Goldblum is really good in this role and can express really well his comic side and once again shows to be a complete actor able to play different roles. Some scenes of the movie are very nice like when he's fired by the unbearable star of the theatre (Rowan Atkinson before being Mr.Bean) or when he asks about his look to a blind man.Emma Thompson is also good but nothing new..we're used to seeing her always perfect ! Even the rest of the cast is good,from the weird Dexter's landlady to the wise blind man..maybe it's not a film you'll never forget but some fun is sure!


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