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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 »

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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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21 September 1990 (USA)  »

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2 metri di allergia  »

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$510,712
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Rowan Atkinson wanted to play Jeff Goldblum's role. See more »

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In a shower scene late in the movie the camera moves to a high vantage point, showing the shorts that Dexter is wearing. See more »

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Ron Anderson: What in the name of Judas Iscariot's bumboy is going on?
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Michael Fitzgerald's full credit in the movie is "Man with vacuum cleaner tube up his bottom." See more »

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

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Written by Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Performed by Philip Pope
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Ltd.
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Great fun
21 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

Take an obligatory American - Jeff Goldblum - a gorgeous nurse (Emma Thompson), a script by Richard Curtis, long before going on to pen Four Weddings and a Notting Hill; get Mel Smith to direct and rubber-faced Rowan Atkinson to play the villain of the piece. The result is The Tall Guy, probably the greatest comedy of 1989.

I remember going to see it twice at the time and laughing all the way through it, amazed that British comedies could be this good.

It has a huge amount going for it with intelligence, cracking lines and some highly stylised photography by Adrian Biddle.

Curtis' semi-autobiographical script is based on his own days as a fall guy for Atkinson and the result is well worth a look.


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