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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 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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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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'Til death do them part. Or until she finds the money. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Patricia Arquette revealed on the Late Late Show with James Corden in 2019 that she has given his very first kiss to Joseph Gordon-Levitt for a scene in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Wilhelm: By our law, Ezekiel has the obligation to ask you to marry him. There's no need for alarm. If you simply refuse him, then that will be that.
Havana: Then what will be what?
Wilhelm: You'll have to leave.
Havana: What do you mean, I have to leave?
Wilhelm: [hands her an envelope] Here's one hundred dollars. And we'll drive you to the bus stop and take you into the city.
Havana: You can't just kick me out.
Wilhelm: Nobody wants to kick you out, but we have no choice. As an outsider, you will not be permitted to remain here. It's for the best. The ...
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References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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Amusing comedy about a couple hidden in a religious community
6 May 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie concerns on a thieves pair named Havana and Peter(Patricia Arquette, Tate Donovan) rob a country fair proprietary(Richard Riehle)and fled to only place where no one look for them. Both determine which the best way to avoid detection is to blend with the Hutterite community, an Amish-alike society and where Peter was raised by his parents(Armin Mueller Stahl, Lois Smith). Peter hides his loot in a secret hiding location, but then he soon dies in a car crash. His little boy brother named Ezequiel(Joseph Gordon Lewitt) is called to replace him and marry to Havana. She has to adjust to the new life style and his feeling for the boy. And end up interwoven a sensitive undercurrent of caring and she learns how to love all over again. Meanwhile, they're pursued by two agents(John Schuck, Courtney Vance).

This is an enjoyable comedy with good feeling, entertaining, agreeable humor and language is suitable for all. The main issue about this movie is from how she tries to adapt the new life whilst keeping up the presence of being a good woman . It's enough remarkable in portraying the Hutterite way of life sympathetically and the likable relationship of the juvenile marriage. It's understandable why it was not great success in the theatre, as it has not spectacular special effects , isn't a blockbuster , but for the television set , its's just what is required. The film takes parts here and there from ¨Witness¨(Peter Weir with Harrison Ford) and ¨For richer and poorer¨(Bryan Spicer with Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley). Colorful cinematography by Bukowski and emotive musical score by Bruce Broughton. The motion picture is professionally directed by the famous Leonard Nimoy, Spock . He's a good director of comedy-drama(Good mother, Funny about love, 3 men and a baby), Sci-Fi(Star Trek III and V) and occasionally for television(Deadly games,Night gallery, T.J. Hooker). Rating : Average but bemusing.


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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$713,234
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1.85 : 1
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