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Being Human (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 6 May 1994 (USA)
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One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

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One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

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Robin Williams gives the performance of SEVERAL lifetimes. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for language and elements of sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,519,366 (USA)
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Due to adverse reaction at preview screenings, Warner Bros instructed the director, Bill Forsyth, to trim the film by 40 minutes as well as adding narration and a happy ending. Forsyth subsequently disowned the film as a result. See more »

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[first lines]
The Storyteller: This is the story of a story. Once upon a time there was this story, and the story said to itself, how should I begin?
Hector: Try the usual way.
The Storyteller: What, in the dark with a man and a woman, in a story that is still to tell itself?
Hector: Well, you've got to start somewhere. Say, long long ago... Or, far far away... Or, another time in a different distant country... Or just, once...
The Storyteller: That's good. "Far away", so you know the place is close to your own heart. "Once" is nice, so we know that it always ...
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This is a fantastic movie if you take the time to understand it...
9 December 2001 | by (Albany, New York) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, many people who have seen and reviewed this movie have not taken the time to see its true meaning. Being Human is not the story of man's development over time, it is the story of one man (Robin Williams) and the stages his life has passed through. I watched this movie in an Advanced Cinematography class, and I hated it. But as I began to see the connections between water and shoes as symbols, I began to appreciate it even more. Perhaps I am giving it away, but to really "get" this movie, just look at the title. Forsyth's movie is about being a human being. Hector (Williams) is simply being human, and having a tough time of it. My advice in watching this movie is to pay careful attention to the last segment. It is the key to understanding Being Human.


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