The Man Who Sued God (2001)

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Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Redmond
David Myers
Bille Brown ...
Gerry Ryan
Edward Piggott
Rebecca Myers
Blair Venn ...
Vincent Ball ...
Tim Robertson ...
Judge Bonaface
Peter Whitford ...
Frank Whitten ...
Dirk Streicher


Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. The accident leads him to a friendship and eventual relationship with a journalist, Anna Redmond (Davis). Written by k wedgwood

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Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki beperelte Istent  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£195,418 (UK) (22 August 2003)


£973,825 (UK) (12 September 2003)

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When Dave throws the newspaper on top of Steve as he's lying in bed, the second shot of Steve shows no newspaper lying on his upper body, but the third and fourth shots show the newspaper again. See more »


Jules Myers: You're going to sue one of the world's biggest insurance companies?
Steve Meyers: Well, apparently I wouldn't stand a chance - I'm suin' God.
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Thought provoking courtroom conundrums with irresistible comedy and romance
25 August 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Billy Connolly plays a fisherman living in Australia, having given up law out of frustration with the ‘system'. When a freak of lightning wipes out his small fishing boat and the insurance companies refuse to pay (as it's an ‘act of God') he takes up law again to take on the system, the legal fiction, the churches and the big insurance companies. Although it's title and trailer maybe suggest a mindless slapstick (and it contains a fair amount of this), the film actually delivers something more mentally challenging and is successfully entertaining by dint of hard work on an initial premises rather than any series of fast jokes. Interesting conundrums about class actions, legal liability and the legal ramifications of the existence or non-existence of ‘God' abound, and the lead characters demonstrate a humanity that makes the comedy all the more touching.

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