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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Jane Larson
Sheriff Will Braverman
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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

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?


At the end of the film when Jonas is asked where he is headed, he says, "Pensacola." Though the film was made in 1992 while he was married to Victoria Tennant, his present wife is from Pensacola and her parents reside there. 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 However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier.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 »


[Will & Jonas are arguing]
Jane: Ooohh, a pissing contest, can I watch?
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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 »


Change in My Life
by Billy Straus
Arranged by Sean Altman and Billy Straus
Performed by The Angels of Mercy
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One of my favorite movies
30 August 2005 | by (United States) – 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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