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The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991)

R | | Comedy | 14 February 1992 (UK)
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A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a ... See full summary »

Director:

Ben Lewin

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (novel), Ben Lewin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Louis Aubinard
Jeff Goldblum ... Pianist
Natasha Richardson ... Sybil
Michel Blanc ... Norbert
Jacques Villeret ... Lingerie Man
Angela Pleasence ... Louis' Sister
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Zalman
Samuel Chaimovitch Samuel Chaimovitch ... Grandfather
Sacha Vikouloff Sacha Vikouloff ... The Violinist
Claudine Mavros Claudine Mavros ... Mother Superior
Carlos Kloster Carlos Kloster ... The Archbishop
Yvonne Constant Yvonne Constant ... Prostitute
Martine Ferrière ... Mother of Lingerie Man
Gerald Morales Gerald Morales ... Bishop's Driver
Yannick Evely Yannick Evely ... Mother Superior's Driver
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Storyline

A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a porno movie with Natasha Richardson. Hoskins finds his model for Jesus in Jeff Goldblum and a romantic triangle begins in which Goldblum finds adoring crowds believing him to be Jesus and then begins to believe it himself. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The catch of the day is fresh comedy.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La montre, la croix et la manière See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$164,767
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The sculpture, next to which Sybil and Louis were supposed to meet again, is the copy of 'An Orangutan Strangling a Borneo Savage' by Emmanuel Frémiet, 19th-century French artist, famous for his sculptures depicting wild animals, especially those of great apes. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sybil: Zalman.
Louis Aubinard: Yes?
Sybil: Where did you get that watch?
Louis Aubinard: Watch? What do you mean, watch?
Sybil: What do you mean, what do I mean, watch?
Louis Aubinard: You like this watch?
Sybil: Zalman, this the *the* watch. I'd know that watch anywhere.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions feature a BBFC-cut print which edits footage from the sex cinema scene and dubs out a reference to 'sodomy'. See more »

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Different brand of comedy: it is funny and witty
24 September 2006 | by MrJukkaSee all my reviews

This movie is certainly not everyone's cup of tea. Mine it is, big time. Rarely have I seen a movie that I liked more than this one. I wonder why others don't like it. What is it they don't see that I see? Or is there something that bothers them but not me? The pace is slow, yes, but there are a lot of details and twists to keep me easily entertained. And the pace is certainly faster than in Greenaway's movies. When I saw it the first time, I couldn't wait to see what weird happens next.

The movie is more strange that intellectual. However, I think it cannot be enjoyed by Americans who expect to enjoy a film also (only ?) if they leave their brains home. You might say there is something European in the whole thing.


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