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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... 'G'
... Ricky (as Jeff Goldberg)
... Kate
... McBainbridge
... Barry
... Scott Hawks
... Director
... Assistant Director
... Cameraman - Brutus
Mary Stout ... Laundry Lady #1
... Laundry Lady #2
Kim Staunton ... Grace
... Morgan Fairchild
... Betty White
... Florence Henderson
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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 »

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Rated PG for some language | See all certifications »

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9 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$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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Eddie Murphy's first PG rated movie. See more »

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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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Makes you Think
31 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I think that most people are misinterpreting the main purpose of the movie. The whole purpose of the movie is to make people think, especially about their current lives and materialism. However, rather than taking a rather somber approach throughout the movie, the movie tries to take an Al Franken approach, and inform through humor. Perhaps this may be because I personally identified with the message, but still, the nonmaterialistic message definitely strikes home, with comedy sprinkled in. If a light hearted comedy is what you are looking for, then this is probably not the best movie to watch simply because the movie isn't that funny. It isn't entirely deep either, but it does manage to get the point across, and makes you think.


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