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The Tall Guy (1989)

Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires ... See full summary »

Director:

Mel Smith

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Dexter King
Emma Thompson ... Kate
Rowan Atkinson ... Ron Anderson
Geraldine James ... Carmen
Emil Wolk Emil Wolk ... Charlie
Kim Thomson ... Cheryl
Harold Innocent ... Timothy
Anna Massey ... Mary
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ... Tamara
Peter Kelly Peter Kelly ... Gavin
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins Charles Augins ... Choreographer
Peter Brewis Peter Brewis ... Freddy
Joolia Cappleman Joolia Cappleman ... Costume Designer
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Storyline

Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires him, he acquires the title role in a musical stage version of "The Elephant Man". Kate dumps him when she suspects he is having an affair with a fellow cast member, and he must win her back. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 metri di allergia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$510,712
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First feature film of Jason Isaacs. See more »

Goofs

Kate and Dexter would not have been able to place ladders against the poster of Ron Anderson; the next scene shows an awning that would have been in the way. See more »

Quotes

Ron Anderson: What in the name of Judas Iscariot's bumboy is going on?
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Crazy Credits

Michael Fitzgerald's full credit in the movie is "Man with vacuum cleaner tube up his bottom." See more »

Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Crying In The Rain
Written by Carole King & Howard Greenfield
Performed by Philip Pope
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd.
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oddball character
10 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Dexter King (Jeff Goldblum) is the oddball sidekick to domineering comedian Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson) in a long running two-men play. His landlady Carmen is a sex maniac. He has a bout of hay fever and falls for nurse Kate (Emma Thompson).

Jeff Goldblum is very broad in this shy awkward oddball character. It doesn't really work. I don't buy him and he's not necessarily funny. It's super quirky but it's also head-scratching. The flashbacks are hit and miss. Goldblum has a slightly off sense of humor. It doesn't really work here. Emma Thompson is lovely as usual. This is a quirky movie that isn't that funny.


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