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Holy Man (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 9 October 1998 (USA)
Eddie Murphy stars as an over-the-top television evangelist who finds a way to turn television home shopping into a religious experience, and takes America by storm.

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Stephen Herek

Writer:

Tom Schulman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... 'G'
Jeff Goldblum ... Ricky (as Jeff Goldberg)
Kelly Preston ... Kate
Robert Loggia ... McBainbridge
Jon Cryer ... Barry
Eric McCormack ... Scott Hawks
Sam Kitchin ... Director
Robert Small ... Assistant Director
Marc Macaulay ... Cameraman - Brutus
Mary Stout Mary Stout ... Laundry Lady #1
Edie McClurg ... Laundry Lady #2
Kim Staunton ... Grace
Morgan Fairchild ... Morgan Fairchild
Betty White ... Betty White
Florence Henderson ... Florence Henderson
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Storyline

Ricky Hayman, right hand of Good Buy Shopping Network's owner John McBainbridge, is responsible for over two years of very bad sales numbers. He gets a last chance. Accidentally, he and Kate Newell nearly run over G with his car and decide to take him with them. What they never could guess was that G really is the one good man around. Being on the search for enlightenment, G offers his help generously to save Ricky's job. His natural, uncontrollable behaviour soon gets Ricky into really big trouble, but the sales numbers now go up for the first time in months... Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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God's Gift To Home Shopping. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El tele-gurú See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,106,919, 11 October 1998

Gross USA:

$12,069,719

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,069,719
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In November 2011, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Murphy again, this time outright, called Holy Man a horrendous movie. See more »

Quotes

McBainbridge: I'm giving you two weeks to get things moving or you're history.
Ricky Hayman: Wait a second. First of all, two weeks? You gotta give me a little more time than that.
McBainbridge: Hold it! Hold it right there! Right there. Every day on the way to work, I pass a dozen guys carrying signs: "Homeless family will work for food" pathetic vet, god bless him. There's nothing I can do about them. The ACLU says they have a perfect right to stand there, so fine, let them stand there. But here, in my office, in my own goddamned ...
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Tries to be too much
17 December 2001 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

TV shopping executives Ricky and Kate stumble upon a homeless spiritual man, G, and discover that his charisma and his honesty are great sales tool. They put him on the air and he soon is a phenomenon. However his message seems to go against the very values of materialism of the shopping channel. While Kate realises what's she's doing, Ricky can only see the chances of promotion via G's success. As ratings rise so do conflicts.

This film is a strange mix. Is it a romantic comedy between Ricky and Kate? Is it a comedy with G? Is it a condemnation of our shopping, materialistic society? Is it a spiritual message film? Who knows - it tries to be all thing and none of them work because it doesn't know which one it wants to be. The comedy is funny in patches, the romance only comes in towards the end, G's spirituality is pure what-people-want-to-hear-ism and the satire on materialism is too diluted and muddled to be fully effective. That said it's really the only bit that works halfway well.

Murphy is quite good here but is a little hampered - not being able to let loose and get straight laughs (Nutty Professor). Goldblum, looks, sounds and acts the same as he does in everything else. Kelly Preston is good and has to carry the moral weight of the film. Solid support is put in by Robert Loggia, John Cryer and Eric McCormack.

Overall a film that tries to be too much and fails on most of them


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