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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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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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Der Schein-Heilige  »

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$23,369,283 (USA)
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At the first meeting of Jonas and Marva in the diner - as Jonas shakes Marva's hand and spins around -- Jonas raises his hands in the air at the same time the cash register bell rings. 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 However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier.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 »

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Jonas: Look, I run a show here. It's a lot of smoke and noise and it's strictly for the suckers. I've been pulling one kind of scam or another since I was your age, and if there's one thing I know it's how to spot the genuine article because that's what you've got to watch out for. Not the cops, you can always get around the cops. But the one thing you can never, ever get around is the genuine article, and you, kid, are the genuine article.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Bad Boys of Saturday Night Live (1998) See more »

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Pass Me Not
by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby) and Howard Doane (as W.H. Doane)
Arranged and Performed by Lyle Lovett and George Duke
Produced by George Duke and Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett performs courtesy of Curb/MCA Records
George Duke performs courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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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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