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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$713,234
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first starring role in a theatrically released film. 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

[Havana is having difficulty driving Zeke's truck]
Ezekiel: Why didn't you tell me you can't drive?
Havana: I can drive! I just can't drive stick!
Ezekiel: Why is it so hard? It's simple!
Havana: If it was simple, I could do it!
Ezekiel: Look, you put your foot on the gears as you turn the wheel. Then, you take your foot off the gears and you step on the gas!
Havana: That's what I'm doing!
Ezekiel: No you're not! God, why do you start so much?
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Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

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It was billed as a sexy comedy...I don't know where they got "sexy"...
4 September 2004 | by paprika_qtSee all my reviews

...but all in all it wasn't so very painful.

It's hard to find an accurate descriptor for this movie. It was an effort...you sort of find yourself feeling the same way about it that you would about a child's school report read aloud...gently ignoring glaring flaws and nodding encouragingly.

Bonus points for including Hutterites in a movie. I bet a lot of people had no idea they even existed. Take away a few points for the gott-awful pseudogerman accents that everyone affected...they didn't work at all. Tate Donovan couldn't even keep the accent consistently...I thought at first he was acting "American" and then going back to German when he returned to the community...but then I heard American there too.

The plot had charm, but it was overall weak. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was very cute as Zeke, save a couple of stilted moments (in the car at the border). Patricia Arquette is generally a charming actress, but I found myself wincing a couple of times....("Jack...Daniels! Wooooooo!") The only character who seemed halfway authentic was Uncle Wilhelm, everyone else seemed uncomfortable and out-of-place.

The cover of the jacket bills it as a sexy comedy....I don't know where that came from....what sex?

Anyhow, it was sweet...not the best-directed or the best-acted, but it felt like the intention was there.


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