Leon the Pig Farmer (1992)

 |  Comedy  |  26 February 1993 (UK)
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An irreverent comedy is set in motion when Leon Geller, a sensitive Jewish man from London, accidentally learns that his is the product of artificial insemination.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Frankel ...
Leon Geller
Judith Geller
Brian Chadwick
Yvonne Chadwick
David de Keyser ...
Sidney Geller (as David De Keyser)
Madeleine (as Maryam D'Abo)
Vincent Riotta ...
Elliot Cohen (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Jean Anderson ...
Mrs. Samuels
Dr. Johnson
Neil Mullarkey ...
Art Collector
Keith Chadwick


Leon, is an estate agent and a London Jew. Due to an artificial insemenation accident he discovers that his real father is a pig farmer. Rejected by his girlfriend he goes on a voyage of discovery to Yorkshire, to meet his biological father and half brother. Can he bring both families together? Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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26 February 1993 (UK)  »

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Although the film was made for just £160,000, producer-directors Gary Sinyor and Vadim Jean found it virtually impossible to raise the money for the production. It was only that the entire cast and crew worked for nothing on deferred payment salary that they were able to make the film. See more »


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27 August 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

When even Woody Allen seems to have given up making overtly Jewish movies, Leon is a novelty. OK, some of the comedy borders on stereotype, but, I can tell you from experience, it's still true. The confusions of identity, culture, heritage etc are a ready source of sardonic wit. And it's not just a film for Jewish people either - anybody with experience of cultures centred around insane families will appreciate it. In my circle, Indians, Italians and the Irish seem to have a particular affinity. On a sadder note, the film features mark Frankel, whose untimely death was potentially a major loss to the Brit industry.

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