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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

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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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The Comedy Where Nothing's Sacred! See more »

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,065,985, 27 December 1998
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2.35 : 1
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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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Jon Monsarrat review: a feel-good comedy w/ deep thoughts
29 March 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee all my reviews

On the face of it, this romantic comedy is nothing special.

But for some reason, I'm just really pleased by this film. There is a thematic cleverness tying together all the humor, and the inevitable and obvious conclusion ends up being sweet and engaging anyhow.

I hate films that get melodramatic and sappy -- Holy Man skirted the edges but didn't fall into that trap. There aren't snappy comebacks and put downs like in Beverly Hills Cop, but there is some deep thinking. I wouldn't be surprised if for the right people this movie really meant something to their lives. Sort of like, but not as good as Groundhog Day.

Who should see this film:

-- romantic comedy lovers (and drag your spouse along)

-- generic comedy likers who can live without high action if there's a little philosophy

-- if you're not "in with the young crowd" and think Eddy Murphy flicks are too silly and "hip", this one is different

I'll give this one a 7 out of 10.


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