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Holy Man (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 October 1998 (USA)
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
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Barry
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Scott Hawks
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Laundry Lady #1
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Florence Henderson
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,065,985 (USA) (25 December 1998)
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Trivia

In June 2009, Murphy referred to Holy Man as a "horrendous movie". Although he did not identify the film by name, he mentioned it on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as a reference to the film he starred in featuring a cameo with singer James Brown. See more »

Quotes

McBainbridge: I'm giving you two weeks to get things moving or you're history.
Ricky Hayman: Wait a second. First of all, two weeks? You gotta give me a little more time than that.
McBainbridge: Hold it! Hold it right there! Right there. Every day on the way to work, I pass a dozen guys carrying signs: "Homeless family will work for food" pathetic vet, god bless him. There's nothing I can do about them. The ACLU says they have a perfect right to stand there, so fine, let them stand there. But here, in my office, in my own goddamned ...
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: David Spade/Eagle-Eye Cherry (1998) See more »

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Written by Andrew Dorfman
Performed by Andrew Dorfman and Wendy Bremer
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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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