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 »




On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lewin
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Richardson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson
Carrington (1995)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The platonic relationship between artist Dora Carrington and writer Lytton Strachey in the early 20th century.

Director: Christopher Hampton
Stars: Emma Thompson, Jonathan Pryce, Steven Waddington
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

British sketch comedy starring the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ed Okin's life is somewhat out of control. He can't sleep, his wife betrays him and his job is dull. One night he starts to drive through Los Angeles and he finally ends in the parking ... See full summary »

Director: John Landis
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stacey Pickren
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Dan Gillis, an American screenwriter living in Paris, recently abandoned by his wife, and getting used to his new life as a bachelor while trying to take care of his son, Danny - is ... See full summary »

Director: Fernando Trueba
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Miranda Richardson, Anémone
Dead on Time (1983)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Bernard Fripp is told he has around thirty minutes to live. In a confused state, Fripp sets out to discover the best way to spend his dying moments.

Director: Lyndall Hobbs
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Peter Bull, Jo Kendall
Bernard and the Genie (TV Movie 1991)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side.

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Lenny Henry, John Gabriel, Alan Cumming
Mister Frost (1990)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Frost is arrested and committed for murder after he is apprehended burying his victims in the garden. However, even while under psychiatric care and tight hospital security, it becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Setbon
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Baker, Alan Bates
Maybe Baby (2000)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy about a couple (Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson) who are trying to conceive a child.

Directors: Ben Elton, Hugh Laurie
Stars: Hugh Laurie, Joely Richardson, Matthew Macfadyen
Framed (TV Movie 1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A painter is accused of art-forging. He thinks his girlfriend betrayed him, so it's time for revenge.

Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Kristin Scott Thomas, Todd Graff
Thompson (TV Series 1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton


Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Wolk ...
Harold Innocent ...
Joanna Kanska ...
Peter Kelly ...
Tim Barlow ...
Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas ...
Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins ...
Peter Brewis ...
Joolia Cappleman ...
Costume Designer


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Romance


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A nagy balek  »

Box Office


$510,712 (USA)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This was Emma Thompson's theatrical film debut. See more »


The license plate on the ambulance bringing Kate to the Elephant premiere changes between shots. See more »


Ron Anderson: You're both sacked. I give you a week's notice.
Dexter: You can't do that! I demand to talk to the producer.
Ron Anderson: I am the producer.
Dexter: In that case, you can do that but I'm not going to give you the satisfaction of sacking me because I resign!
Ron Anderson: Fine, then you get no severance pay and I sue your arse for breach of contract.
Dexter: In that case I don't resign, you total and utter bastard!
Ron Anderson: [slams the door in Dexter's face]
Dexter: I hope all your children have very small dicks! And that includes the girls!
See more »

Crazy Credits

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


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


Crying In The Rain
Written by Carole King & Howard Greenfield
Performed by Philip Pope
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
why 'R'? odyssea
Alternative Awards? david-879
Ron/Bean rachele31
Copy cat raider_jack
Miramax Version catch-220
Richard III fearforthefuture
Discuss The Tall Guy (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: