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Leon the Pig Farmer (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 26 February 1993 (UK)
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An irreverent comedy is set in motion when Leon Geller, a sensitive Jewish man from London, accidentally learns that his is the product of artificial insemination.

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Vadim Jean, Gary Sinyor
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Frankel Mark Frankel ... Leon Geller
Janet Suzman ... Judith Geller
Brian Glover ... Brian Chadwick
Connie Booth ... Yvonne Chadwick
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Sidney Geller (as David De Keyser)
Maryam d'Abo ... Madeleine (as Maryam D'Abo)
Gina Bellman ... Lisa
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Elliot Cohen (as Vincenzo Ricotta)
Jean Anderson ... Mrs. Samuels
John Woodvine ... Vitelli
Annette Crosbie ... Dr. Johnson
Stephen Greif ... Doctor
Neil Mullarkey ... Waiter
Burt Kwouk ... Art Collector
Sean Pertwee ... Keith Chadwick
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Storyline

Leon, is an estate agent and a London Jew. Due to an artificial insemenation accident he discovers that his real father is a pig farmer. Rejected by his girlfriend he goes on a voyage of discovery to Yorkshire, to meet his biological father and half brother. Can he bring both families together? Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kim jest tatus? See more »

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$65,222
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Two of the sound recordists working on the film donated their van as a prop. It was converted into a kosher delivery van, and mistaken for the real thing by some members of the public. See more »

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At the clinic, Sidney's address is given as 228 The Drive, Edgware. However, when we see the house later, it is clearly number 7. See more »

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Quirky doesn't entail funny. Don't expect much.
15 August 1999 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

A young Jew, who was confused enough about what kind of person he was already, discovers that he is in fact the result of artificial insemination, and that his biological father is a Yorkshire pig farmer. So of course he has to agonise about things, and so do one or two other people. Now that I come to think of it, so does everybody.

It's a comedy and I didn't get any of the jokes. -Oh, I UNDERSTOOD the jokes, well enough - it's not as if they rely on the more obscure aspects of Jewish theology or culture. (Maybe some of them did. These would have been the jokes I didn't understand; indeed, didn't even notice.) I admit that there was this one guy in the cinema who chuckled every so often and he seemed to disprove my theory that one must actually be a Jew in order to find this film amusing. He didn't LOOK Jewish.

That's about the kind of joke you can expect.

If you don't find any of it funny enough to actually laugh at, and to be frank I don't see how you could, there's still something endearing about the oddness of it all. I never worked out if I was meant to be laughing at the central character's angst or angsting along with him. I did neither: but I found myself liking him all the same.


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