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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

Writer:

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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Are you ready for a miracle? 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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Trivia

Steve Martin took over the lead role after Michael Keaton quit the production. Producer Daniel Melnick was another to walk, reputedly over money tussles with Paramount. 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

Featured in The Movie Game: Episode #6.1 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Change in My Life
by Billy Straus
Arranged by Sean Altman and Billy Straus
Performed by The Angels of Mercy
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Great movie! Finally available on DVD
6 October 2003 | by kipkneeSee all my reviews

This is a fantastic movie, and proof that Steve Martin is more than just a comedian. The movie is well done, with solid character development and great direction. The production really captures the essence of the midwest setting. The gospel music - a joint effort between George Duke and Edwin Hawkins - is also great. The story itself is very thought-provoking and emotional. Contrary to what another reviewer said here, the ending is great and was the perfect climax to a thoughtful story. (How the other reviewer considered the ending to be pointless is beyond me. Oh well, pearls before swine and all that.) Excellent movie!


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