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Richard Curtis (written by)
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Release Date:
21 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Good late-night entertainment See more (48 total) »

Cast

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Jeff Goldblum ... Dexter King

Emma Thompson ... Kate

Rowan Atkinson ... Ron Anderson

Geraldine James ... Carmen
Emil Wolk ... Charlie

Kim Thomson ... Cheryl
Harold Innocent ... Timothy

Anna Massey ... Mary
Joanna Kanska ... Tamara
Peter Kelly ... Gavin
Tim Barlow ... Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas ... Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins ... Choreographer
Peter Brewis ... Freddy
Joolia Cappleman ... Costume Designer
John Waldon ... Company Stage Manager
Angus Deayton ... Actor in Agent's Office
Robin Driscoll ... Actor in Agent's Office
Harriet Keevil ... Mary's Secretary
Tony Forsyth ... Berkoff Actor
Stephen Marchant ... Berkoff Actor
Ian Lindsay ... TV Director
Kate Duchêne ... Old Girlfriend (as Kate Duchene)
Angela Meredith ... Old Girlfriend
Fred Bryant ... Dying Old Man
Susan Field ... Dr. Freud
Michael Fitzgerald ... Man with Vacuum Cleaner Pipe
Matthew Francis ... Emergency Doctor

Jason Isaacs ... Doctor 2

Francis Johnson ... Male Nurse
Charles Lamb ... Old Man in Wheelchair
Martin Sadler ... Doctor 1
Thomas Lockyer ... Michael
Kate Lonergan ... Stage Manager - Rubberface
Declan Mulholland ... Rubberface Doorman
Anthony Woodruff ... Elephant Doorman
Simon Bell ... After Dark Presenter
Susan Beresford ... W.P.C.
Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Actress at Awards Show
Piers Fletcher ... Piers Fletcher
Jon Glover ... Singing Underpants (voice)
Neil Hamilton ... Naked George
Bob Appleby ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wayne Anthoney ... 'Elephant' Chorus (as Wayne Antony)
Peter Barry ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Mike De Souter ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Steve Graf ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stacey Haynes ... 'Elephant' Chorus
B.J. Rambo ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Bruce Leader ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jan Lloyd ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kenny Linden ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jerry Manley ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Toby Philpott ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Ruby-Marie Hutchinson ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kim Rosato ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wendy Schoeman ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Nadine Shenton ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Dougie Trevor ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stephen Tye ... 'Elephant' Chorus

Melvyn Bragg ... Melvyn Bragg

John Inman ... John Inman
Suggs ... Suggs

Jonathan Ross ... Jonathan Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Curtis ... Man Leaving Bathroom (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Singing Man in Bed (uncredited)

Mel Smith ... Drunken Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Smith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Curtis  written by

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Brewis 
 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle 
 
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
 
Production Design by
Grant Hicks 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Simmons 
 
Makeup Department
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics designer
Morag Ross .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bellew .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Booth .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Cormac Tohill .... sound recordist
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Elaine Ford .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunts (as Jeff Davis)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Ian Foster .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... key grip
Gary Varney .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alex Grace .... costumer
Alex Grace .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Paul Elman .... second assistant editor
Gregory Heim .... assistant editor (US version)
Jonathan Lucas .... first assistant editor
Steve Porter .... final colorist
 
Music Department
Nina Anstee .... orchestra contractor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Alan Lawrence .... music co-ordinator
 
Other crew
William Green .... production coordinator
Neil Hamilton .... stand-in
Shari Piper .... stand-in
Barney Reisz .... location manager
 

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92 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Rowan Atkinson wanted to play Jeff Goldblum's role.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Cheryl trails her fingers across the piano keys; the sound is not heard until after the cutaway.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heartbreak HotelSee more »

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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Good late-night entertainment, 21 July 2003
Author: Vladimir from Sydney, Australia

I had never heard of The Tall Guy, and essentially still haven't, until it was shown on television a few years ago at about two o'clock in the morning. I was idly flicking channels and came across a scene with Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson. Thinking to myself that this was an interesting-looking cast, I stayed with it, and was later also introduced to Emma Thompson, and much to my surprise, extremely small one-line roles for Angus Deayton, Robin Driscoll and Charles Augins.

It was fun while it lasted. Rowan Atkinson has some more memorable scenes as a snide, unlikeable character, and Jeff Goldblum is actually quite fascinating in romantic, love-me mode.

Considering it was very late at night, I hope I can be forgiven for not regurgitating the plot correctly here, but I seem to remember that Goldblum played a reluctant straight-man to Atkinson in his stage show and decided to step out on his own, which eventually led to him getting the lead role in a musical production of "The Elephant Man". I'm not sure if it was all as corny as that sounds but it was roughly it. It was certainly enough fodder for a few laughs and a few smiles all around. I wouldn't mind viewing this film again while fully awake, but I'm sure it would be just as entertaining. I give this one three stars out of five.

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