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Release Date:
3 October 2008 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Do you smell something burning? See more »
Plot:
Bill Maher's take on the current state of world religion. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Fantastic See more (326 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Bill Maher ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tal Bachman ... Himself
Jonathan Boulden ... Himself
Steve Burg ... Himself
Francis Collins ... Himself
George Coyne ... Himself (as Father George Coyne PhD)
Benjamin Creme ... Himself
Jeremiah Cummings ... Himself
Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda ... Himself
Fatima Elatik ... Herself
Yahuda Etzion ... Himself
Reginald Foster ... Himself (as Father Reginald Foster)
Mohamed Junas Gaffar ... Himself
Bill Gardiner ... Himself

Ted Haggard ... Himself (archive footage)
Rabbi Halperin ... Himself
Ken Ham ... Himself

Dean Hamer ... Himself (as Dr. Dean Hamer)
Mohammad Hourani ... Himself (as Dr. Mohammad Hourani PhD)

Jeffrey Hunter ... Jesus (archive footage)

Nelson Leigh ... Jesus (archive footage)
Julie Maher ... Herself
Kathy Maher ... Herself
Aki Nawaz ... Himself (as Propa-Gandhi)
Andrew Newberg ... Himself (as Dr. Andrew Newberg MD)
Fred Phelps ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Pryor ... Himself
Shmuel Strauss ... Himself (as Rabbi Shmuel Strauss)
Ray Suarez ... Himself
Jimmy Turkmani ... Himself
Ferre van Beveren ... Himself (as Reverend Ferre van Beveren)
Yisroel Dovid Weiss ... Himself (as Rabbi Dovid Weiss)
John Westcott ... Himself (as Pastor John Westcott)
Geert Wilders ... Himself
Jim Bakker ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Osama bin Laden ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kaya Bousquet ... Model (uncredited)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kirk Cameron ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Larry Charles ... Himself (uncredited)

Tom Cruise ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jerry Falwell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Billy Gibbons ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Theo van Gogh ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Charlton Heston ... George Taylor (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dusty Hill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Benny Hinn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mike Huckabee ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kim Hunter ... Zira (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

The Bishop Don Magic Juan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Larry King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joe Lieberman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Marilyn Manson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Prince ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Oral Roberts ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Robertson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George C. Scott ... Abraham (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gene Simmons ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Britney Spears ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul Stanley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John Travolta ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Max von Sydow ... Jesus (archive footage) (uncredited)

Kanye West ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Larry Charles 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill Maher  written by (uncredited)

Produced by
Jesse Johnston .... executive producer
Leila Lak .... field producer: England
Alexandra Lambrinidis .... associate producer
Bill Maher .... producer
Kevin O'Donnell .... line producer
Flavia Oertwig .... field producer: Italy
Lisa Rudin .... associate producer
Charlie Siskel .... executive producer
Jonah Smith .... producer
Alon Tuval .... field producer: Israel
Palmer West .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Hardwick (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Groth 
Christian Kinnard 
Jeffrey M. Werner 
 
Production Management
Chelsea Barnard .... field supervisor
Tommaso Colognese .... production supervisor: Italy
Craig Conolly .... unit production manager (as Craig J. Conolly)
Jan Diederen .... field supervisor: The Netherlands
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
Kevin Kolovich .... production supervisor: England
Alexandra Lambrinidis .... field supervisor
Mary Prendergast .... post-production supervisor
Charlie Siskel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Craig Conolly .... first assistant director (as Craig J. Conolly)
Charlie Siskel .... first assistant director
Dale Stern .... first assistant director (as Dale S. Stern)
 
Sound Department
Rick Camera .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rick Camara)
John Cannon .... first assistant sound editor
Jason George .... supervising sound editor
Scott Harber .... sound mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... sound re-recording mixer
Geoffrey G. Rubay .... supervising sound editor
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
James Bailey .... foley artist (uncredited)
Fabrizio Donati .... audio restorer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects & graphics supervisor: Yard VFX (as Scott Davids)
Jalal Jemison .... digital compositor: Yard VFX
Jalal Jemison .... graphics animator: Yard VFX
Benjamin Locke .... graphics animator: Yard VFX
Benjamin Locke .... main title animator: Yard VFX
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Hardwick .... camera operator
Ryo Kinno .... first assistant camera (as Ryo Kinino)
Mark Schwartzbard .... camera operator
David Mickler .... camera operator: behind the scenes (uncredited)
Sam Moon .... camera operator: "c" camera: England (uncredited)
Owen A. Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jason Alper .... stylist: England
 
Editorial Department
Thomas J. Cabela .... assistant editor (as Tom Cabela)
David Egan .... first assistant editor
Evan Goldstein .... post-production coordinator
John Klos .... final cut pro systems support: Big Time Picture Company
Asim Matin .... assistant editor
Jeff Mee .... first assistant editor
Aaron Peak .... colorist
Aaron Peak .... on-line editor
Silja Tõnisson .... first assistant editor (as Silja Tonisson)
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Mike Ford .... post-production associate (uncredited)
Micky Hohl .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Neil W. Smith .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood-DI (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Richard Henderson .... music consultant
Chris Robertson .... music clearance: Diamond Time
Ben Zales .... assistant music editor
 
Transportation Department
Lori Chavez .... transportation coordinator
Eli 'Kiko' Cohen .... transportation coordinator: Israel
Jeff Hyland .... driver
Tom Jenkins .... driver
Shalom Kleiman .... driver: Israel
Gianfranco Renzoni .... driver: Italy
Jared Robbins .... transportation captain
Meir Tabcznik .... driver: Israel
Massimiliano Taglioni .... driver: Italy (as Massimilano Taglioni)
 
Other crew
Fouad Abughosh .... field coordinator: Israel
Robyn Adams .... researcher
Giosué Arcuri .... production security
Chelsea Barnard .... researcher
Bhanu Bhatnagar .... production assistant: England
Roberta Brodsky .... field coordinator
Cara Casey .... field coordinator
Sophie Charles .... researcher
Kate Coe .... archival researcher
Michelle Cornelius .... assistant: Mr. Maher
Peter Dally .... international legal contracts
Mike Diaz .... production assistant
Jan Diederen .... researcher: The Netherlands
Alon Farago .... location manager: Israel
Tal Fiala .... account executive
Classietta Foreman .... field coordinator (as Classietta Davis)
Amiran Gicelter .... international legal contracts
Max Gottlieb .... production insurance: Frankel & Associates
Alan Grodin .... legal services: Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall
Octavia Hartland .... production assistant: England
Gill Havivi .... production security
Dave Herrmann .... production assistant (as David Hermann)
Lauren A Jackson .... travel coordinator (as Lauren Jackson)
Mano Janssen .... international legal contracts
Armand Killan .... international legal contracts
Mary Knowles .... booker
Dalit Koren .... production secretary: Israel
Calum Latham .... production assistant: England
Anjani Mandavia .... legal services: Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall
David Mickler .... production assistant
Mark Monto .... security
Massimiliano Mostardini .... international legal contracts
Shannon Murphy .... assistant: Mr. Smith & Mr. West
Dana Ostroff .... production accountant
Lisa Rudin .... assistant: Mr. Charles
Kathy Sarreal .... legal services: Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall
Estee Seward .... assistant: Mr. Maher
Julie Shapiro .... production travel: Travel Corps
Noam Sharon .... researcher: Israel
Marc R. Sinderman .... production accountant
Matthew N. Sugarman .... legal services: Weissmann, Wolff, Bergman, Coleman, Grodin & Evall (as Matt Sugarman)
Rieko Takagi .... production assistant
Greg Wishnev .... researcher (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Cliff Dorfman .... special thanks
Ned Goldreyer .... special thanks
Julie Maher .... in loving memory of
 

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Additional Details

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MPAA:
Rated R for some language and sexual material
Runtime:
101 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
All of the "s"s on the DVD's closed captioning are dollar signs ($).See more »
Quotes:
Jeremiah Cummings:[a Christian reverend] Okay, but now, but now, things like houses and cars and clothes and money, they come as a result of my seeking God first.
Bill Maher:I don't remember that in the New Testament specifically.
[a subtitle appears - "Because it's not there."]
Jeremiah Cummings:But it's there.
[Subtitle - "No it's not."]
Jeremiah Cummings:I remember it.
Bill Maher:A passage about...
Jeremiah Cummings:I remember it.
[Subtitle - "I'm sure you do."]
Bill Maher:The houses, the cars and the clothes, they'll come.
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Movie Connections:
Features Superbad (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jesus Is Just AlrightSee more »

FAQ

What does "religulous" mean?
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192 out of 274 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic, 6 October 2008
Author: JumeirahSun from France

I found this movie exhilarating. I'm with you, Bill Maher! That said, this film attempts to cover the basic tenets and idiocies of several of the major religions, namely Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam. It also encompasses evangelical/American/born-again-type Jesus-focused religion, which considers itself "Christian" but I have never understood that title, since Catholics revere Jesus also. But anyway...

Maher is a smart man, and I would like to think that he considered the points I feel were left out of the movie and chose not to include them for the sake of condensing the film. However, there are several facts that I think would have made an even stronger case against mass religion in general:

1. Although Maher mentions several times that the Judeo-Christian Bible was written by men, and therefore contains the fallacies of men, he does not bring up the fact that the Bible has been constantly rewritten, translated from language to language, and amended to suit the needs of those in charge of its distribution -- for most of history since Christ, this was the Catholic Church and its founders. And for those of you who don't know, translation is not an exact science. Languages just do not translate word for word, and the accuracy of the translation depends on the skill, vocabulary, and motives of the translator (a human being, don't forget).

2. Catholicism was successful because it incorporated many old religions. Greek and Roman gods are just a few of those who have direct equivalents among the Catholic saints. Mahar discusses the inherent flaw in a monotheistic religion with bunches of demigods, but he does not point out that Catholicism deliberately found supposedly Catholic replacements for the more ancient, household-type gods. Why? Because those who wanted the religion to succeed decided that people would be more likely to convert to it if it weren't too different from what they were used to. Why did these men want the religion to succeed? For the same reasons that people promote religions today: to gain money and power, particularly in the form of influence. Maher reminds us that the story of Jesus Christ included many elements of older heroes or gods, but the film presents this as a matter of fact, not pointing out that Catholicism was built upon the success of these preceding stories and histories. The types of dramas that move the human spirit have not changed over thousands of years--they have simply been retold and reinterpreted.

3. My third point is more of a question. I was raised as a "nouveau" American Catholic, so I feel that I know a little bit about that religion, but I know next to nothing about Islam. However, it is my understanding that Mohammed did not want images of himself used to promote his teachings. Is this why some Muslims get so mad when an image, ridiculing or not, of the prophet is publicized? I wish Maher had included this, as he did talk a lot about the violence specified in the Koran.

This is a terrific film. It is funny and has a great soundtrack. My hat is off to Maher for his nerve in interviewing people who become belligerent when their religion is questioned. I guess it partly comes from being a comedian--one must have guts and a thick skin! The message of the film, however, is not humorous at all. It is truly terrifying to think of all the murder, torture, and oppression that is perpetuated in the name of religion. Why then, is someone who calls himself "Godly" or "religious" considered to be a person with wholesome morals?

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