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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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Taglines:

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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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

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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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

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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Holy Man Wholly Mediocre
3 July 2018 | by paul-nemecekSee all my reviews

What do you get when you combine the writer of Dead Poet's Society (Tom Schulman) with the director of Mr. Holland's Opus (Stephen Herek)? Before you answer the question, I should tell you that Schulman also wrote Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Herek's directing credits include The Mighty Ducks and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. What we get in the film Holy Man is much closer to being Ricky and G's mediocre adventure than anybody's opus.

Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) is the producer for a home shopping network. Kate Newell (Kelly Preston) is a marketing consultant brought in to help fix the flat sales that are plaguing the network. As they are getting to know each other, they (almost literally) run into a holy man named G (Eddie Murphy). When G stumbles into the middle of a live sales pitch for laundry detergent, he criticizes the materialism of contemporary society and almost ruins the show. When the producer and the consultant discover that sales actually went up with this infusion of new age spirituality, a star is born.

The real problem with the story is confusion over the central character and confusion over the plot. The advertising and title of the film would suggest that Eddie Murphy is the star since G is the main character. Murphy's role is really a supporting role, and the central plot ends up being the ethical transformation of the amoral producer Ricky Hayman. It's actually not a bad story, and the film is engaging at points, but by choosing to focus attention on the wrong story line, the film ends up being little more than an adequate clichÈ.

If the story had focused more on the commodification of religion (or for that matter the religification of commodities) this could have been an interesting story. Any extraterrestrial visiting this planet and observing our behaviors would have to conclude that shopping is a religious ritual, the NY stock exchange our main temple, and Christmas the holiday when we worship through consumption and excess. The film teases in this direction, but this part of the story remains an underdeveloped subplot. This could have been an interesting story. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, what we are left with is another formula film filled with merely adequate performances and trite clichÈs.


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