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Leap of Faith (1992)

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Fake faith healer Jonas Nightingale is stranded in a small town where he finds he can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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Richard Pearce

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Janus Cercone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Jonas
Debra Winger ... Jane
Lolita Davidovich ... Marva
Liam Neeson ... Will
Lukas Haas ... Boyd
Meat Loaf ... Hoover
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Matt
M.C. Gainey ... Tiny
LaChanze ... Georgette
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Ornella
John Toles-Bey ... Titus
Albertina Walker Albertina Walker ... Lucille
Ricky Dillard Ricky Dillard ... Ricky
Vince Davis Vince Davis ... Roger
Troy Evans ... Dade
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Storyline

Jonas is a fraudulent faith healer, who uses all the tricks in the book to con the people attending his shows. Jonas and his team of helpers, including Jane who is in need of some romance, travel the country stopping at big towns and cities to put on their show. When one of the trucks breaks down in a small town, Jonas is quick to accept the challenge of making money in this town. His other goal is to seduce Marva, a waitress in the town, but she's a hard nut to crack, as is Will, the local sheriff who's determined to expose Jonas as a fraud. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Real miracles, sensibly priced. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schein-Heilige See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$23,369,283
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the first meeting of Jonas and Marva in the diner - as Jonas shakes Marva's hand and spins around -- Jonas raises his hands in the air at the same time the cash register bell rings. See more »

Goofs

During the first "healing" sequence, Jonas addresses the woman who needs a job. Meanwhile, his assistants ready another audience member, a blonde woman in a blue dress, at the opposite side of the stage. However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier. See more »

Quotes

Jonas: [Addressing the congregation as the choir sings] Oh, people, the Lord is speaking to me right now.
[to Jane via a wireless radio transmitter]
Jonas: It better be good.
Jane: Now just relax. Cherry hat, Section 4, Row F.
Jonas: [points to the elderly man] You sir, in the brown jacket, I feel a burden you're carrying.
Brown Jacket: Who-who, me?
Jonas: Yes, sir. Now stand up and tell me if I'm hearing the Lord right. You're having a problem with your neighbor, am I right?
Brown Jacket: I sure am.
Jonas: Building a fence. Gonna harm your kids, right?
Brown Jacket: Yes, sir.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the 'Angels of Mercy' singers are shown singing to a tent full of people (including some of the cast members). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass Me Not
by Fanny Crosby (as Fanny J. Crosby) and Howard Doane (as W.H. Doane)
Arranged and Performed by Lyle Lovett and George Duke
Produced by George Duke and Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett performs courtesy of Curb/MCA Records
George Duke performs courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Proves P.T. Barnum's claim about suckers being born ever day.
30 July 2002 | by DSCO70See all my reviews

Religion is big business and this movie just reaffirmed that fact with me. That aside, the movie was great. Steve Martin did a fantastic job as Jonas. I thought the tent scenes and the people witnessing the miracle of much needed rain were very touching. I enjoyed the movie and have seen it many times.


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