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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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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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




Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schein-Heilige  »

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$23,369,283 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier.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


Jonas: A twelve-gauge, double-barreled, grenade-launcher of LOVE!
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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 »


Yakety Yak
by Jerry Leiber (as Jerry Lieber) and Mike Stoller
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A good expose of how crooked religion can be.
13 January 2004 | by (Chattanooga, TN) – See all my reviews

This movie is really good on several levels. First of all, Steve Martin does an excellent job as a "flashy preacher man" by night, but conniving money hoarder by day. Debra Winger does a good job, and we're introduced to a young Liam Neeson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, what this movie also does is show how "sideshow tent revivals" pray on people by using their beliefs to mask their true intents. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who feels that religion and religious people are not what they seem to be!

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