Leap of Faith (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 December 1992 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Larson
Sheriff Will Braverman
Delores Hall ...
John Toles-Bey ...
Albertina Walker ...
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Vince Davis ...
Officer Lowell Dade


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schein-Heilige  »

Box Office


$23,369,283 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Martin took over the lead role after Michael Keaton quit the production. Producer Daniel Melnick was another to walk, reputedly over money tussles with Paramount. See more »


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 However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier.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 »


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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jim Carrey/Soundgarden (1996) See more »


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made me feel something, and i am an agnostic.

very well done, and very well cast. really has a terriffic ending. i had not seen debra winger in a movie since the awful character she was stuck with in "an officer and a gentlemen". she is the shining light in this film, plays her part so well, in fact ALL the actors do. steve martin is superb.

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