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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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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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God's Gift To Home Shopping. 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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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 »

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G: There was a storm. And thousands and thousands of starfish were washed up on the shore. And there was this beautiful little girl was running down the beach and she was picking up the starfish, she was frantically throwing them back into the ocean. When I saw her doing this I said to her, 'Why are you doing that? You can only save a few before they die, what difference does it make?' And she looked at me and she said, 'To THAT one, it makes a difference.' To THAT one, it makes a difference, that...
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Better than it gets credit for...
16 December 2005 | by (Montana, United States) – See all my reviews

Just saw this movie again for the first time since 1998, and I gotta admit, it's a lot better than I remembered it. I think back then people just had way too high expectations for it; that and the fact that it wasn't an "all Eddie Murphy" film--as the reviewer before me put it-- led to its limited success.

Jeff Goldblum can get on my nerves sometimes, but the stark contrast between the personality of his and Murphy's characters in this movie makes for some pretty funny scenes. As for Eddie, his performance as G is one of the best I've ever seen him do: you really do Believe he is a "Holy Man."


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