Holy Man (1998)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Newell
Scott Hawkes
Assistant Director
Cameraman / Brutus
Mary Stout ...
Laundry Lady #1
Laundry Lady #2
Kim Staunton ...
Morgan Fairchild


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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Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El tele-gurú  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,106,919 (USA) (9 October 1998)


£434,829 (UK) (26 February 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Ricky Hayman: Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest, 'til your good is Better and your better is BEST!
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Written and Performed by Malcolm Lockyer
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Holy Man!
23 June 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this great movie yesterday evening. My mom + I hired it out, along with other DVDs and I'm so glad I chose this one! I believe this movie has a few messages: they are meaningful + things to consider and really think about. First off, Kate is a very kind and compassionate character. As the viewer of the movie, we are positioned to like her. This I totally agree with because I think everyone should be like Kate

  • she has lovely qualities. When she stands up for her rights as a

human and says: "I'm not going to sell my soul" I really like that. That's how everybody should think. Why should individuals give in to money (and business) and simultaneously sell their soul, their integrity, their self as a whole? Well, they should not. But it happens so it's ultimately up to the individual to make their own choices, right or wrong. Kate is empathetic towards G and she feels that G should not be made to do the shows purely to save someone else's ass. She also feels that the business is just using him as a way for their success to be fruitful again. Although, G doesn't mind doing the shows because he says he wants to do them for Ricky. So Kate walks away from the whole business and I think it's great that she does this cos she shows us what it's like to have integrity. But this movie teaches one that when you're in trouble and you pray for help, God is always there to help you - G is in trouble at work so he prays sincerely and G turns up! There are other beautiful messages too. You can work them out. In the end, Ricky listens to Kate's benevolent example and lets G go. Kate falls in love with Ricky once again and here we have a wonderful happy ending. I just love movies with happy endings. I recommend this movie to anyone that believes in integrity.

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