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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.

Director:

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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The Comedy Where Nothing's Sacred! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Goldblum has appeared with Robert Loggia have started Three films together, the other two were Independence Day(1996) and the sequel Independence Day : Resurgence (2016) See more »

Quotes

G: There was a storm. And thousands and thousands of starfish were washed up on the shore. And there was this beautiful little girl was running down the beach and she was picking up the starfish, she was frantically throwing them back into the ocean. When I saw her doing this I said to her, 'Why are you doing that? You can only save a few before they die, what difference does it make?' And she looked at me and she said, 'To THAT one, it makes a difference.' To THAT one, it makes a difference, that...
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Oye
Written by Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Randall M. Barlow and Angie Chirino
Performed by Gloria Estefan
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I'd rather watch 2 hours of the real home shopping network!
11 July 1999 | by concord-4See all my reviews

This movie sets a new precedent of badness for filmmakers to follow. If you see it, you'll say to yourself, "This can't possibly get any worse -- I mean, I gotta keep watching this because there's nowhere to go but up... Right?" Wrong. I don't think that you, the reader, could set out INTENTIONALLY to make a movie this bad and manage to succeed at failure as well as this film did. If you think that there is a "hidden" message in this movie, then you've probably missed the real hidden message: don't waste energy "trying" to make a good movie, when you can make films like this that will still reap profits on video.


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