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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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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

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

When Will consoles a conflicted Jane by massaging her bare feet in his backyard, an overhead shot shows him rubbing her left foot but when the camera cuts to a medium shot, Will's hand is gently caressing the toes of her right foot for the remainder of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Jonas: Never underestimate the power of belief, boy. With it, I've seen a mute sing "Hallelujah" and I've seen an old man get out of his wheelchair and dance. When you've got it, you've got the power of every ocean and every star right in your hand. Without it you've got nothing. Everyone you meet is just another sinner, and everywhere you go is just another hell.
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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 Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Stones Throw from Hurtin'
by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (as Taupin)
Performed by Wynonna Judd (as Wynonna)
Produced by Tony Brown and Brian Tankersley
Wynonna performs courtesy of Curb/MCA Records
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A secret treasure of Steve's
25 November 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I am becoming a huge fan of Steve Martin's, after all we have the same birthday ;), no, I'm having fun, but I love his movies. My mom is also a huge fan and has a lot of Steve Martin movies, the next on my list of flicks to watch was Leap of Faith. She said it was an alright film, but it was always worth a watch. So I finally sat down tonite and watched it and over all, I'd say that this was a nice and honest film to watch that can touch anyone's heart.

Jonas is a con man going from town to town claiming he is a miracle preacher, Jane, his sidekick, just finds out information about the town and Jonas acts like he knows everything by miracle. Of course he and his team just take the money and run after a couple days. But when Jonas realizes the town's good nature, he starts to feel bad and falls for a waitress with a crippled brother. But things start to happen when the town's faith grows stronger and miracles really do happen.

I would recommend Leap of Faith for an afternoon of nothing to do, I think that it is an under rated cute little movie that could make you have a leap of faith for anything. Steve Martin isn't really funny in this film, but I think Leap of Faith actually showed his dramatic talents pretty well, he's awesome.

6/10


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