6.5/10
4,620
41 user 9 critic

The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance ... See full summary »

Director:

Mark Joffe

Writers:

John Clarke (original screenplay), Patrick McCarville (story idea) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Gentlemen's Relish (TV Movie 2001)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A painter in London paints in a style no longer popular. His assistant suggests artistic photography. It blooms. So much more when he photographs settings from classical nude paintings - naively oblivious to the real reason to success.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Stars: Billy Connolly, Sarah Lancashire, Douglas Henshall
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mean, gritty, dirty and low and that's just the Policeman Gary Keltie (Ken Stott) out for retribution for the horrendous crimes against the helpless people of Edinburgh during the nineteen ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Neilson
Stars: Billy Connolly, Ken Stott, Francesca Annis
Deacon Brodie (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Set in 18th century Edinburgh and based on the life of one of the most notorious characters in Scotland's history. Deacon Brodie holds the keys to the city, and, coincidentally, is the most... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Billy Connolly, Simon Donald, Al Anderson
Gabriel & Me (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young boy believes he can save his dying father if he can become an angel.

Director: Udayan Prasad
Stars: Iain Glen, David Bradley, Sean Landless
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. ... See full summary »

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Stars: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
Billy (TV Series 1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A Scottish teacher named Billy MacGregor moves to the United States to build a new life for himself.

Stars: Billy Connolly, Marie Marshall, Clara Bryant
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Connolly ... Steve Myers
Judy Davis ... Anna Redmond
Colin Friels ... David Myers
Wendy Hughes ... Jules Myers
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Gerry Ryan
John Howard ... Edward Piggott
Emily Browning ... Rebecca Myers
Blair Venn Blair Venn ... Les
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Cardinal
Tim Robertson Tim Robertson ... Judge Bonaface
Linal Haft Linal Haft ... Rabbi
Peter Whitford ... Moderator
Frank Whitten ... Primate
Steve Jacobs Steve Jacobs ... Hal
Richard Carter ... Dirk Streicher
Edit

Storyline

Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. The accident leads him to a friendship and eventual relationship with a journalist, Anna Redmond (Davis). Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki beperelte Istent See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bollywood movie 'Oh My God' starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal is inspired from The Man Who Sued God. See more »

Goofs

The radio announcer continuously bad-mouths Steve Myers' case on-air. However, in Australia it is illegal for radio announcers to comment about current court cases on air. To do so is to commit the crime of "sub judice." The radio announcer most likely would have known this. On the other hand, Steve's case being against an all-powerful being, he and/or the court would be hard-pressed to claim that anything said in the media could disadvantage him any worse, so journalists might not fear being found in contempt. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi: [about his Christian counterparts] They're praying to God. They should be praying for better lawyers.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in OMG: Oh My God! (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Brilliant Performance by Connolly saves flawed film
12 October 2003 | by JoeMiddletonAlbaSee all my reviews

Firstly, I did enjoy 'The man who sued God'. Billy Connolly is excellent, his wit and charm is on display throughout the film and it is very, very, funny, most of the time.

Unfortunately it is slightly too long and there are a few bits that could have been quite easily cut without harming the story.

Billy seems to spend an awful lot of time mooning around churches and the 'divine intervention' bit is embarassingly bad and entirely unnecessary. Quite frankly, whoever came up with this scene should be shot!

However having said that the film does have many qualities. The scenery is fantastic and the cast are generally excelent. Judy Davis is very good as the journo who takes an interest in Connolly's case. She strikes some nice romantic sparks of Connolly who is in great, swearing, ranting mode throughout. Colin Friels is also pretty good as Connolly's brother and Wendy Hughes is nice as the prickly but understanding ex-wife.

I can't imagine many Jews would be too pleased with the portrayal of the Rabbi "So, we just prove there is no God, ...who cares!" seems to be his attitude, but generally the film is pretty amusing with an interesting premise.

As I say there is at lease one totally shoddy scene and some unnecessary wandering that could have been fixed by a decent editor but still, if not a classic, still a genuinely funny film and well worth seeing.

By the way Connolly gives a fantastic (and quite different) acting performance as an ex-con artist in the Debt Collecter (1999). Get a hold of this Scottish thriller if you are a Connolly fan as it is absolutely brilliant.


19 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching



Recently Viewed