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The Tall Guy (1989)

A nasty comedian's assistant has allergy induced sneezes, giving problems at work, et cetera. He accepts weekly injections after seeing the cute nurse. After a dozen injections, he finally asks her out.

Director:

Mel Smith

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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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 ... 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 (Jeff Goldblum) plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson (Rowan Atkinson). He falls in love with Kate (Dame Emma Thompson), 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 juggling

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Rowan Atkinson wanted to play the role of Dexter King. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 6 mins) In a hallway made of bricks, a drunk character falls against the walls and onto the floor, causing the "brick" set to wobble. See more »

Quotes

Dexter: God take my testicles and fry them up with bacon!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The American video release contains dubbed replacements of much British slang. See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
(uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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One scene alone makes it worth seeing
13 March 2001 | by jessfinkSee all my reviews

Now, I have to say that I went to see this based on the review of Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, both of whom could not get through a sentence without breaking into laughter when discussing several key scenes. I had never seen either one of them behave that way before, so I went out--this is, what, twelve years ago?--and plunked down my $5 and proceeded to laugh my butt off for two hours. I found both the sex scene and the scene of the musical to be minor gems, and can't recommend this film highly enough, particularly if you are A) a Jeff Goldblum fan, B) an Emma Thompson fan C) a Rowan Atkinson fan, or D) a musical theatre aficionado. You will laugh about the musical theater scene for years to come, particularly if you think Andrew Lloyd Webber is the antichrist, as I do.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Guy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,131, 23 September 1990

Gross USA:

$510,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$510,712
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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