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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 »


Ben Lewin


Marcel Aymé (novel), Ben Lewin
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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


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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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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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 »


Pianist: Two fifty. Cash. And if it's not agreed to by the time I blow my nose, then it's gonna be five hundred an hour.
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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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A well done piece- and Jeff Goldblum is perfect
27 July 2001 | by RachelLoneSee all my reviews

This is a truly refreshing comedy with offbeat humour and I couldn't help laughing so loudly when I watched it. The main characters in the film are Louis (Bob Hoskins), Sybil (Natasha Richardson) and the pianist (Jeff Goldblum). Photographer Louis (who specialises in religious pictures) is asked by an sick friend to do him a favour- voicing a porno movie. At the studio Louis meets Sybil, who also lends her voice to the same film. Then Sybil tells Louis about a pianist (whose real name remains unknown) she met a couple of years ago, where she worked as a waitress. At a rich girl's birthday party the girl asked Sybil to ask the sad-looking pianist to smile because his facial expression was ruining her party. The girl even gave her an expensive, specially designed watch to Sybil for a smile of the pianist...

The depressed-turned-crazily-jealous pianist attacked a violinist one night for the violinist's attempt to seduce Sybil. He got jailed. Now he's done his time and is coincidentally discovered by Louis and later hired by Louis' supervisor (Norbert, played by Michel Blanc) as the model Jesus Christ. Louis doesn't realise that he's the pianist, Sybil doesn't know Louis and the pianist work together now and the pianist is totally unaware that Louis and Sybil know each other. The psychologically deranged pianist is gradually convinced that he possesses the power of Christ, and seeks revenge when he finds out he's been 'betrayed' by the man who's given him a job and the woman who's driven him 'mad'...

The 'favour' resembles the beginning, the watch is the connection while the 'very big fish' which is purchased by Louis resembles the odd consequences. Funnily acted, funnily filmed, with an eccentricly romantic ending, this movie is quite relaxing and it really makes you laugh. Many, many credits to Jeff Goldblum for his extremely hilarious, magical facial expressions and his acting as the pianist.

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