5.4/10
3,363
39 user 12 critic

Being Human (1994)

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

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Seize the Day (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tommy Wilhelm is a good honest man who's fallen on hard times after losing his job, but what really gets to Tommy is seeing both his friends and family turning their backs on him one after the other. He tries to seize the day - in vain.

Director: Fielder Cook
Stars: Robin Williams, Richard B. Shull, David Bickford
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kassovitz
Stars: Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor Gordon, Éva Igó
Cadillac Man (1990)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Joe's a car salesman with a problem. He has two days to sell 12 cars or he loses his job. This would be a difficult task at the best of times but Joe has to contend with his girlfriends (... See full summary »

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Robin Williams, Tim Robbins, Pamela Reed
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed
Club Paradise (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Injured while risking his life to save an angry German shepard, Chicago Firefighter Jack Moniker retires and moves to a small carribean island named St. Nicholas. There, he is befriended by... See full summary »

Director: Harold Ramis
Stars: Robin Williams, Peter O'Toole, Rick Moranis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a Russian musician defects in Bloomingdale's department store in New York, he finds adjusting to American life more difficult than he imagined.

Director: Paul Mazursky
Stars: Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks
Fathers' Day (1997)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A woman cons two old boyfriends into searching for her runaway son by convincing both that they are the boy's father.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Survivors (1983)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

Director: Michael Ritchie
Stars: Walter Matthau, Robin Williams, Jerry Reed
The Final Cut (2004)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.

Director: Omar Naim
Stars: Robin Williams, Jim Caviezel, Mira Sorvino
Jack (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin
Nine Months (1995)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When he finds out his longtime girlfriend is pregnant, a commitment-phobe realizes he might have to change his lifestyle for better or much, much worse.

Director: Chris Columbus
Stars: Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, Tom Arnold
Blue Juice (1995)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

JC is at the end of his Twenties and is living with his girlfriend Chloe in a small coastal town in England. He is a surfer legend and some day, three of his friends show up, including ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Prechezer
Stars: Sean Pertwee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Deirdre
Maudie Johnson ...
Girl Child
Max Johnson ...
Boy Child
...
Priest
Eoin McCarthy ...
Leader
Irvine Allen ...
Raider
Iain Andrew ...
Raider
...
Raider
...
Raider
Andrew Flanagan ...
Raider (as Andy Flanagan)
Seamus Gubbins ...
Raider
Iain McAleese ...
Raider
...
Raider
Gavin Mitchell ...
Raider
Edit

Storyline

Five bittersweet vignettes that span the entire human history about five different men, all called Hector and played by the same actor (Robin Williams), who find themselves at a critical juncture in their lives. In prehistoric times, Hector lives in peace with his wife and their little son and daughter in a cave on a quite uninhabited island somewhere in the north. His world is shattered when a group of foreign pagan raiders led by a young chieftain and a somewhat pacifistic priest arrive there. In Ancient Rome, Hector is a loyal well-treated slave of Lucinnius, a somewhat naive big trader with political connections. When his latest shipment fails to arrive and the local corrupt governor Cyprion refuses to lend him money for his further endeavors due to bad omen that a professional soothsayer saw while reading the future from a chicken liver, he is ruined. To make things worse, just as Hector plans to ask his master for freedom and elope with his master's female African slave Thalia, ...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

From the dawn of time man has struggled for just four things: Food. Safety. Someone to love. And a pair of shoes that fit. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Byc czlowiekiem  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,519,366 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first feature film of Tony Curran. See more »

Quotes

[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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

References Three Ages (1923) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Masterpiece.
2 June 2002 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

Contrary to some negative reviews, this is neither a bad film nor one of Forsythe's "worst." Such criticism issues from the fact that this film is about the lives of ordinary people, with Robin Williams playing a succession of classic Everyman characters. As such, most people won't find it "entertaining" enough, particularly if they're of the gimme-gimme-now post-MTV generations. This film tells stories about small people, not notable ones, and the emotions which they feel.

*Being Human* is a slow and philosophical story--as the title suggests, it's a story about what it is to be human. Love, loss, slavery, hopelessness, faithfulness, lust, hope--all these themes are touched upon as the story moves throughout the ages, presenting us with various Everyman characters all played by Robin Williams in what are surely his best dramatic performances.

This film is much like *My Dinner with Andre*--a truly meaningful and important film which isn't meant to appeal to everyone, just a more intellectual crowd. Its unfortunate spate of negative reviews comes from the fact that, unlike *My Dinner with Andre*, it was targeted for broader public consumption with a fairly large theatrical release, and to this day plays on premium cable channels to audiences who want to be watching fast-paced blockbusters rather than introspections into our humanity.

If you can appreciate a film with a slower and more deliberate pace and real insights into humanity, watch *Being Human*. It's a masterpiece.


15 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?