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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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Jane
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Marva
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Will
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Boyd
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Hoover
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Matt
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Tiny
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Georgette
Delores Hall ...
Ornella
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Titus
Albertina Walker ...
Lucille
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Ricky
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Roger
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Dade
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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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Trivia

2.5 years after the release of the movie, America witnessed it's most influential Christian revival event that lasted 5 years in Pensacola, Florida (1995 - 2000). Dubbed the Brownsville Revival, a one week, Tuesday through Saturday event brought in 2.5 million people. 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: [Addressing the congregation as the choir sings] Oh, people, the Lord is speaking to me right now.
[to Jane via a wireless radio transmitter]
Jonas: It better be good.
Jane: Now just relax. Cherry hat, Section 4, Row F.
Jonas: [points to the elderly man] You sir, in the brown jacket, I feel a burden you're carrying.
Brown Jacket: Who-who, me?
Jonas: Yes, sir. Now stand up and tell me if I'm hearing the Lord right. You're having a problem with your neighbor, am I right?
Brown Jacket: I sure am.
Jonas: Building a fence. Gonna harm your kids, right?
Brown Jacket: Yes, sir.
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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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

My Faith Looks Up to Thee
by Ray Palmer and Lowell Mason
Arranged by Edwin Hawkins
Performed by The Angels of Mercy
Produced by George Duke
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An underrated gem of the 90s
17 November 2003 | by (Detroit) – See all my reviews

I read some comments that thought this film might offend Christians. Nonsense. I think you just might have to be a Christian to appreciate the humor in this film. Steve did his homework in making this film which explores the seedy world of traveling charlatans masquerading as evangelists. It is a more serious film than some of Martin's other efforts, but I found it very funny as I have attended many Church services that were near identical to the ones portrayed in the film. If you have stayed away from this film because you are a Christian, I say give it a look. I don't think it will offend you that much and you will enjoy the outcome.


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