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Holy Man (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  9 October 1998 (USA)
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Eddie Murphy stars as an over-the-top television evangelist who finds a way to turn television home shopping into a religious experience, and takes America by storm.

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Kate Newell
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Barry
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Scott Hawkes
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Mary Stout ...
Laundry Lady #1
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Grace
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Morgan Fairchild
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Betty White
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Ricky Hayman, right hand of Good Buy Shopping Network's owner John McBainbridge, is responsible for over two years of very bad sales numbers. He gets a last chance. Accidentally, he and Kate Newell nearly run over G with his car and decide to take him with them. What they never could guess was that G really is the one good man around. Being on the search for enlightenment, G offers his help generously to save Ricky's job. His natural, uncontrollable behaviour soon gets Ricky into really big trouble, but the sales numbers now go up for the first time in months... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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The Comedy Where Nothing's Sacred! See more »

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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9 October 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£246,129 (UK) (19 February 1999)

Gross:

£434,829 (UK) (26 February 1999)
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Trivia

During the scene where G encourages people to give Ricky a hug or a compliment, one of the control room guys gets up and hugs Ricky. He then compliments him on being 'really tall'. Jeff Goldblum who plays Ricky had previously starred in the movie The Tall Guy. See more »

Quotes

G: Seventy-five years. That's how much time you get if you're lucky. Seventy-five years. Seventy-five Winters. Seventy-five Springtimes. Seventy-five Summers. And Seventy-five Autumns. When you look at it like that, it's not a lot of time, is it? Don't waste them. Get your head out of the rat race and forget about the superficial things that pre-occupy your existence and get back to what's important now. Right Now. This very second. And I'm not saying, drop everything and let the world come to a ...
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Pearl's Girl
Written by Richard Smith, Karl Hyde, 'Darren Emerson'
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Courtesy of Wax Trax! Records/TVT Records
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I'm shocked that this movie is rated so poorly...
8 June 2008 | by (Altamonte Springs, FL, US) – See all my reviews

I first caught Holy Man a few years ago and was highly impressed. I didn't go into it knowing much about it, so I wasn't disappointed to find out it wasn't a comedy -- and it's not, despite some funny moments.

It's just a very light hearted charming movie that will make you think about life's more important aspects. Give it a chance, you'll probably enjoy it more than you expect!

The movie can be a little sappy at times and casting Eric McCormack was probably a mistake. All I could think of when he was on screen was his character from 'Will & Grace'. I guess that's what they call typecasting, eh? Either way, this movie is worth the two hours.


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