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A Fool and His Money (1989)

Religion, Inc. (original title)
While watching TV, ex-adman Morris Codman receives a message from God. Advised by the Almighty to go into business for himself, Codman inaugurates his own religion, founded on a philosophy of selfishness.

Director:

Daniel Adams

Writers:

Daniel Adams (story), Daniel Adams (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Penner ... Morris Codman
Gerald Orange Gerald Orange ... Ian Clarity
Sandra Bullock ... Debby Cosgrove
George Plimpton ... God
Wendy Adams ... Peggy
Chuck Pfeiffer Chuck Pfeiffer ... Brendan Collins (as Chuck Pfeifer)
Earl Hagan Jr. Earl Hagan Jr. ... Rev. Billy Bob McElroy
Michael Mandell Michael Mandell ... Joe French
Jaffe Cohen ... Herman Whipple
Maggie Wagner ... Sam
Marcia Amron Marcia Amron ... Mrs. Codman
William Hill ... Lucas
Jerzy Kosinski ... Beggar
Tama Janowitz Tama Janowitz ... TV Host
José Torres José Torres ... Jose Torres (as Jose Torres)
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Storyline

While watching TV, ex-adman Morris Codman receives a message from God. Advised by the Almighty to go into business for himself, Codman inaugurates his own religion, founded on a philosophy of selfishness.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy about lovers, destiny and a whole lot of money.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fool and His Money See more »

Filming Locations:

Edison, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (NTSC Color)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

When Morris is talking to an employee in a meeting about starting up a cocktail hour there is only one pack of cigarettes in front of him when he is seen from the front. But in shots of him from behind, there are two packs. See more »

Quotes

Ian Clarity: Remember: The road to Utopia is paved with bad intentions!
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Soundtracks

A Woman Like You
Words and Music by 'Kip Martin (II)' and The Merles
Performed by 'Kip Martin (II)' and The Merles
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User Reviews

Great movie, funny from start to finish
13 September 2004 | by rs77345See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times and it's very funny from start to finish.

Who would have thought that forming your own religion that promotes greed and selfishness would be so funny. It really gets rolling when the cast of leaders is chosen, especially the custodian. And it just snowballs from there. George Plimpton puts on a spectacular performance. The scary thing is that the plot could work in real life.

Religion, Inc, is to religion what Spinal Tap is to musicians.

Definitely not to be missed.

Highly recommended.


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