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Leap of Faith (1992)

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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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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$23,369,283
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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 However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier.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

Jonas: What did the doctors tell you about your legs?
Boyd: The doctors have nothing to do with my legs. I'll walk if it's God's will.
Jonas: God doesn't have a trucker's license.
Boyd: I believe that things happen for a reason.
Jonas: You believe that. I'm gonna run.
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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

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Blessed Assurance
by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby) and Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp
Arranged by Edwin Hawkins
Performed by The Angels of Mercy
Produced by George Duke
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One of my favorite movies
30 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the best soundtracks I have ever heard.

This film depicts a less-than-honorable evangelist (Steve Martin) as he begins to con desperate people in need of help. In the end, it is he that is helped, as well as the people he was intending to defraud.

This film is well acted, perfectly cast, and has a story that shows that sometimes, even the most notorious of individuals can be a messenger of change, and find change within himself when he does.

Steve Martin, Debra Winger, and Liam Neeson combine their talents with each playing their role in convincing manners.

One of my all-time favorite movies.


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