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Debra Lusanne
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August Murray
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Virginia Worrel
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Elwin Worrel
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Bill Hill
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Juvenal / Charlie Lawson
María Celedonio ...
Alisha
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Father Donahue
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Lynn Marie Faulkner
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Greg Czarnicki
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When Juvenal, a presumed miracle worker, appears on the scene Bill Hill attempts to exploit him but his plans go astray with the untimely intervention of August Murray and the developing relationship between Juvenal and Lynn Faulkner. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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$408,097 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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Paul Schrader originally wanted to adapt the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch", but when Quentin Tarantino got the rights and made it Jackie Brown (1997), Schrader decided to use this Leonard novel instead as his next project. See more »

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Juvenal aka Charlie Lawson: My real name's Charlie Lawson.
Lynn Marie Faulkner: Charlie? Come on.
Juvenal aka Charlie Lawson: There was a Saint Charles.
Lynn Marie Faulkner: yeah? What did he do?
Juvenal aka Charlie Lawson: I don't know, probably got martyred.
Lynn Marie Faulkner: [laughs] Well, how on earth did you get 'Juvenal'?
Juvenal aka Charlie Lawson: well, when you go into the order, you pick three names. I liked Raphael, or Anthony. They showed me a list, said 'pick something else' I said "um, I guess Juvenal"
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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This Loving Thing (Lynn's Song)
Written and performed by Dave Grohl and John Doe
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In lesser hands than Paul Schrader, Elmore Leonard's non-crime novel could have become an overwrought toil in the evils of America's salacious media.
15 December 1998 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

`You are an odour in the nostrils of God,' jabbers religious zealot August Murray (Tom Arnold). He is damning sometime revivalist Bill Hill's (Christopher Walken) cynical marketing of Christ-like figure Juvenal (Skeet Ulrich essentially playing Edward Scissorhands minus the blades). Hill wearing a glitzy gold jacket and an enormous `Thank You Jesus' necklace sees a book deal and a slot on the awful Debra Lusanne Show (Gina Gershon superb at mimicking Ricki Lake with a snarl) for the innocent healer, who has stigmata on his rib cage.

In lesser hands than Paul Schrader, Elmore Leonard's non-crime novel could have become an overwrought toil in the evils of America's salacious media. However, Touch is actually a wryly amusing and unhurried look at faith and exploitation. The histrionics and belly laughs are bestowed upon the cameos, who obviously capture the best lines: `Do they make condoms that protect the soul' (Arnold) and `Controversy is the oxygen I breathe' (Gershon). Ultimately, best savoured on video. --Ben Walsh


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