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

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Bill Forsyth (written by)
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Release Date:
6 May 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Robin Williams gives the performance of SEVERAL lifetimes. See more »
Plot:
One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart. | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A good, thoughtful film See more (37 total) »

Cast

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Robin Williams ... Hector
Kelly Hunter ... Deirdre
Maudie Johnson ... Girl Child
Max Johnson ... Boy Child

Robert Carlyle ... Priest
Eoin McCarthy ... Leader
Irvine Allen ... Raider
Iain Andrew ... Raider

Robert Cavanah ... Raider

Tony Curran ... Raider
Andrew Flanagan ... Raider (as Andy Flanagan)
Seamus Gubbins ... Raider
Iain McAleese ... Raider
David McGowan ... Raider
Gavin Mitchell ... Raider

Michael Nardone ... Raider
Brian O'Malley ... Raider
Paul Riley ... Raider

John Turturro ... Lucinnius
Grace Mahlaba ... Thalia
Danny Kanaber ... Gallus

Bill Nighy ... Julian
Jim Hooper ... Julien's Slave
Robin Hooper ... Julien's Slave

Simon McBurney ... Hermas
Vivienne Ritchie ... Dalmia

David Morrissey ... Cyprion's Man

Andrew Tiernan ... Cyprion's Man
Laurance Rudic ... Solus
Mark Long ... Slave
Rouchdi Mohamed ... Man #1 at Cyprian's
Hassan Mekkiat ... Man #2 at Cyprian's
Simon Clark ... Man in Bathhouse
Sam Guttman ... Sailor
Dave Jones

Anna Galiena ... Beatrice

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Priest
Winnie Watts ... Nun
Gemma Francés ... Girl on Wagon
Finlay Welsh ... Pedlar
Andrew Charleson ... Wagon Driver
Matteo Mazetti Di Pietralata ... Beatrice's Son
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata ... Beatrice's Daughter
Elena Salvoni ... Beatrice's Mother

Paul Higgins ... Soldier
John Surman ... Soldier
Conrad Asquith ... Officer
Zoot Lynman ... Boy Squire

George Dillon ... Peter

Jonathan Hyde ... Francisco
Lizzy McInnerny ... Ursula

Hector Elizondo ... Dom Paulo
Gregor Henderson-Begg ... Nuño (as Gregor Henderson-Beggs)

Ken Stott ... Gasper Dias

Steve Shill ... Luis
Peter Kelly ... Father Diogo

Donald Sumpter ... Salgado (as Don Sumpter)
Tobie Cronje ... Dario

Bhasker Patel ... Andre

Ewan McGregor ... Alvarez
Gavin Richards ... Da Cunha
Nicholas Hewetson ... Deserter
Tim McMullan ... Deserter
Stefan Weclawek ... Dom Paulo's Son
Willie Jonah ... Slave
Luke Hardy ... Sailor
Helen Miller ... Betsy
Charles Miller ... Tom

Lindsay Crouse ... Janet

Lorraine Bracco ... Anna
John X. Heart ... Donald

William H. Macy ... Boris
Rafiu Omidiiji ... Cab Driver (as Rafiu Omidiiji Bello)
Jeanne Reynolds ... Reporter
Andrew Dolan ... Reporter
Karen L. Thorson ... News Sound

Louis Landman ... NY Policeman #1

John Finn ... Detective Cobb
José Pérez ... Santiago
Adam Bryant ... Neighbour
Diane Gnagnarelli ... Neighbour
Nina Lektorsky ... Mrs. Philippopilis

David Proval ... George
Danny Kovacs ... NY Policeman #2
Rob Brezsny ... TV Man-Psychic
Robert F. Keefe ... Tony

Theresa Russell ... The Storyteller

Directed by
Bill Forsyth 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Bill Forsyth (written by)

Produced by
Robert F. Colesberry .... producer
Steve Norris .... associate producer
David Puttnam .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Gibbs 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Coulter 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Ellis 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Sharon Howard-Field 
 
Production Design by
Norman Garwood 
 
Art Direction by
Keith Pain (supervising art director)
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Lynda Armstrong .... makeup artist
Paul Engelen .... makeup supervisor
Daniel Parker .... makeup artist
Lisa Tomblin .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Zakaria Alaoui .... production manager
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Tom Razzano .... unit production manager: New York Segments
Mary Richards .... production manager
Karen L. Thorson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Benson .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Lisa Devlin .... standby painter: San Francisco
Gordon Fitzgerald .... location property master
Patrick Harkins .... stand by props
Tracey Holmes .... art department assistant
Jonathan Lee .... assistant art director
John Lister .... carpenter
George F. Mauricio .... assistant props: San Francisco
Miraphora Mina .... art department assistant
Anna Pinnock .... production buyer
Rachid Quiat .... art assistant/swing
Don Watson .... leadman: San Francisco
John Wells .... dressing propman
Mark Woods .... lead man: United States
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rodney Glenn .... sound editor
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator
Louis Kramer .... sound mixer
Fred Runner .... boom operator: San Francisco
Conrad Slater .... cableperson: San Francisco
Nelson Stoll .... sound mixer: San Francisco
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Sandy Buchanan .... post-production sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Brighton .... special effects technician
Stephen Hutchinson .... special effects technician
Tom Sindicich .... special effects coordinator: San Francisco
Peter Stolz .... special effects technician: San Francisco
Andy Williams .... senior special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical cameraman: Magic Camera Co
 
Stunts
Del Baker .... stunts
Adusah Boakye .... stunt driving double: cab driver (as Adusha Boakye)
Brian Bowes .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunt coordinator: U.K.
John Cenatiempo .... stunt driving double: Hector (as Johnny 'C' Cenatiempo)
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunts
Nick Hobbs .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Paul Jennings .... stunts
Gérard Lesage .... stunts
Bronco McLoughlin .... stunts
Terry Walsh .... stunts
Steve Whyment .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bode .... second assistant camera: San Francisco
Steve Cardellini .... key dolly grip: San Francisco
Gregory M. Childers .... grip
Jonathan Doff .... key video assist: San Francisco crew
Gary Gill .... best boy grip: San Francisco
Jeff Gilliam .... electrician: San Francisco
Jon Guterres .... key grip
Frank Helbig .... electrician: San Francisco
Philip Ho .... grip: San Francisco
John Jordan .... camera operator: "b" camera
John Jordan .... focus puller: "b" camera
Wayne Leach .... electrician
Clive Mackey .... clapper loader: second unit
Alan Martin .... gaffer
Jason Martin .... best boy
John Murphy .... grip
Chris Plevin .... focus puller
Darren Quinn .... assistant grip
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: shared "a" camera
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Frank Strzalkowski .... gaffer: San Francisco (as Frank Strzalkowski)
 
Casting Department
Romany Turner .... casting assistant
Douglas Wright .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abdelkrim Akallach .... crowd wardrobe supervisor
James P. Cullen .... costumer
Patricia Kazmierowski .... costume supervisor: San Francisco
Paul Minter .... assistant costume designer
Hassan Taghriti .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Paul Ensby .... color timer
Charles Ireland .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Nicholas Bucknall .... musician: clarinet solos
Tony Coe .... musician: tenor sax solos
Michael Gibbs .... orchestrator
Andrew Glen .... music editor
George Hamer .... orchestra contractor
Kenneth Sillico .... musician: violin solos (as Kenneth Sillito)
Kenneth Sillico .... orchestra leader
David Snell .... conductor
Gary Thomas .... music engineer
Gary Thomas .... music mixer
 
Transportation Department
Daniel B. Briggs .... co-transportation coordinator
Gary Duncan .... driver: insert car, New York second unit
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location manager
Mohamed Benhmamane .... production assistant
Kate Bowen .... assistant auditor
Adam Bryant .... stand-in: Robin Williams
Gilly Case .... assistant location manager
Steve Dent .... horses and wagons supplier
Vendelin Denton .... stand-in
Christopher Desmond .... medic: San Francisco unit
Craig Dietrich .... assistant production coordinator
Driss Gaidi .... location manager
Barry Goldsmith .... marine surveyor (as Captain Barry Goldsmith)
Fiona Grant .... stand-in
Jeremy Green .... office assistant
Myriam Loukili .... accountant
Gary Nixon .... location accountant
Laurie Noll .... location coordinator: San Francisco locations
Emma Planterose .... stand-in
Stefanie Pleet .... location manager: San Francisco
Hicham Regragui .... interpreter
Randolph R. Rhodes .... staff assistant
Rebecca Erwin Spencer .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Gail Stempler .... location manager: San Francisco
Karen L. Thorson .... assistant to director
Harry Van Engel .... stand-in (as Harry Van Engle)
Kevin Whitelock .... stand-in
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for language and elements of sensuality and violence
Runtime:
122 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Iceland:L | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (video rating) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:

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 happens. Hmm, Once there was this hero...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A good, thoughtful film, 15 June 2004
Author: docadams from Starkville

This is one of those comfortable Sunday-afternoon-while-it's-raining films. It is one of Robin Williams more serious characters.

A little moody in places, the film offers reflections on what it might have been like to live at other times, as a sort of social history (no being a king or queen or royalty). The main character plays his life issues out through time, from ancient Rome, a Viking raid, a 16th or 17th century continental vagrant, to the present. Love, life's tragedies, children, and home are all themes. There is a light-heartiness to the film, and it plays on the contemporary character's life as it unfolds. Robin Williams turns in a typically great performance.

The themes and emotions all play in their times. Settings are as varied as the emotions. Sweet and sentimental, the movie captures and makes a statement about the human condition.

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