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Holy Matrimony (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 8 April 1994 (USA)
A young Hutterite boy must marry his late brother's wife who comes from outside the community.

Director:

Leonard Nimoy

Writers:

David Weisberg, Douglas Cook (as Douglas S. Cook)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Arquette ... Havana
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Ezekiel
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Wilhelm
Tate Donovan ... Peter
John Schuck ... Markowski
Lois Smith ... Orna
Courtney B. Vance ... Cooper
Jeffrey Nordling ... Link
Richard Riehle ... Greeson
Mary Pat Gleason ... Female Officer
Alaine Byrne Alaine Byrne ... Bar Woman
Dan Cossolini Dan Cossolini ... Bartender
Lori Alan ... Cleopatra
Jess Schwidde Jess Schwidde ... Samuel
Franz Novak Franz Novak ... Teacher
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Storyline

A young couple, Havana & Peter, rob a county fair of its daily receipts and escape to Canada to hide out in the Hutterite community where Peter was raised. While there, they get married to satisfy the conservative elders in the community. Peter hides their loot in a secret hiding place, but then soon dies in a car wreck. His much younger brother Zeke is called upon to replace his brother and marry Havana. Zeke already hates Havana because he believes she is what changed his brother. She begins looking through everything that was Peter's, and Zeke rightly deduces that Peter hid something from her. He finds the money, along with a newspaper article that mentions Peter as the prime suspect in the robbery. Zeke initially uses the cash to trick his bride into doing housework. Later he shows it to the elders, who deem that it should be returned to its rightful owners. Zeke and Havana (who claims innocence of the source of the money) are sent on a quest back to the US to return the money. Written by Tony Berkoff <aberkoff@hq.caci.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bankrabló a feleségem See more »

Filming Locations:

Great Falls, Montana, USA

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Gross USA:

$713,234
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Dolby SR | Dolby

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Leonard Nimoy's final film as a director. See more »

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At the hotel, Zeke is told to get a room key. As he tries various doors, we see that they are operated by key cards. When his wife meets him in the lobby, she hands him the room key which is metal and dangling from a keychain, although there would have been no way he could have used that to open the room door. See more »

Quotes

Havana: Even Marilyn wasn't always Marilyn. She had to do stuff to get to be Marilyn... and it wasn't always stuff she liked. She did it anyhow. Eye on the ball. Keep your eye on the ball.
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Moralist but Cute
13 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Havana (Patricia Arquette) and her boyfriend Peter (Tate Donovan) rob a large amount from the safe of her chief in the fair where she works. On the next morning, they see Peter on the front page headline. They realize that there was a hidden camera and now they are wanted by the police. They flee and Peter convinces Havana to travel to the Hutterite community where he was raised. He lies to his uncle Wilhelm (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and tells that Havana is his wife. They are forced to get married in the community to live together. Peter hides the money to force Havana to stay with him. However he has a car accident and dies. In accordance with the Hutterite traditions, Havana has to leave the village or marry Peter's brother, who is the boy Ezekiel (Joseph Gordon- Levitt). Havana needs more time to find the money and accepts to get married with the boy. Meanwhile the corrupt FBI Agent Markowski (John Schuck) is seeking Peter and Havana out to take their money for him.

"Holy Matrimony" is a moralist but cute comedy. Watching this 1994 film in 2016, it is funny to see the boy Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The twenty-six year-old Patricia Arquette is in the top of her beauty. Another attraction is the director Leonard "Mr. Spock" in his last work as a film director. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Santo Matrimônio" ("Holy Matrimony")


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