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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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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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Trivia

First feature film of Jason Isaacs. See more »

Goofs

In a shower scene late in the movie the camera moves to a high vantage point, showing the shorts that Dexter is wearing. See more »

Quotes

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!
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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 »

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References Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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Heartbreak Hotel
Written by Mae Boren Axton (as M. Axton), Tommy Durden (as T. Durden) & Elvis Presley (as E. Presley)
Performed by Sam Williams
By Courtesy of Mills Music Ltd.
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Great fun
21 August 2000 | by (York) – See all my reviews

Take an obligatory American - Jeff Goldblum - a gorgeous nurse (Emma Thompson), a script by Richard Curtis, long before going on to pen Four Weddings and a Notting Hill; get Mel Smith to direct and rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson to play the villain of the piece. The result is The Tall Guy, probably the greatest comedy of 1989.

I remember going to see it twice at the time and laughing all the way through it, amazed that British comedies could be this good.

It has a huge amount going for it with intelligence, cracking lines and some highly stylised photography by Adrian Biddle.

Curtis' semi-autobiographical script is based on his own days as a fall guy for Atkinson and the result is well worth a look.


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