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Being Human (1994)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | 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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Comedy | Fantasy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language and elements of sensuality and violence | See all certifications »
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6 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Being Human  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,519,366 (USA)
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This was the first feature film of Tony Curran. 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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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.


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