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Leap of Faith (1992)

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Fake faith healer Jonas Nightingale is stranded in a small town where he finds he can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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Storyline

Jonas is a fraudulent faith healer, who uses all the tricks in the book to con the people attending his shows. Jonas and his team of helpers, including Jane who is in need of some romance, travel the country stopping at big towns and cities to put on their show. When one of the trucks breaks down in a small town, Jonas is quick to accept the challenge of making money in this town. His other goal is to seduce Marva, a waitress in the town, but she's a hard nut to crack, as is Will, the local sheriff who's determined to expose Jonas as a fraud. Written by Rob Hartill

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Real miracles, sensibly priced. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »
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18 December 1992 (USA)  »

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Leap of Faith  »

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$23,369,283 (USA)
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Trivia

Jonas's "mind-reading" trick, wherein he receives intimate details about his marks via a small radio, loosely follows the exploits of televangelist Peter Popoff, who performed a very similar trick with his wife at the microphone. Popoff's career took a nosedive when he was publicly "outed" on the Johnny Carson show by professional magician and skeptic James Randi, who had managed to smuggle a radio scanner into one of Popoff's revival meetings. See more »

Goofs

During the first "healing" sequence, Jonas addresses the woman who needs a job. Meanwhile, his assistants ready another audience member, a blonde woman in a blue dress, at the opposite side of the stage. However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier. See more »

Quotes

Marva: I believe in life- what it does to you, and what you do back.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the 'Angels of Mercy' singers are shown singing to a tent full of people (including some of the cast members). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Sting (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Change in My Life
by Billy Straus
Arranged by Sean Altman and Billy Straus
Performed by The Angels of Mercy
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On my top five
15 February 2005 | by (Charlottesville, Va) – See all my reviews

I can't believe how many people have missed the point of this movie. This is one of those movies that you can't just turn your brain off and watch. Every scene from beginning to end is intended to make you question your own faith in God. It is filled with symbolism and should be taken at a deeper level than just a movie about a con man who uses a ruse of holiness to con people out of their money. This is about God reaching down and healing a spiritually broken man. Steve Martin gives possibly his best performance ever as Jonas Nightengale; a man who's life has been less than virtuous. The supporting characters are all excellent, and the music is amazing. But what really makes this movie are the last fifteen minuets. No movie has ever had such a powerful and uplifting ending. This movie has cemented a spot on my top five list and I strongly recommend that you see it.


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