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Being Human (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 6 May 1994 (USA)
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One man must learn the meaning of courage across four lifetimes centuries apart.

Director:

Bill Forsyth

Writer:

Bill Forsyth

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Hector
Kelly Hunter ... Deirdre
Maudie Johnson Maudie Johnson ... Girl Child
Max Johnson Max Johnson ... Boy Child
Robert Carlyle ... Priest
Eoin McCarthy Eoin McCarthy ... Leader
Irvine Allen Irvine Allen ... Raider
Iain Andrew Iain Andrew ... Raider
Robert Cavanah ... Raider
Tony Curran ... Raider
Andrew Flanagan Andrew Flanagan ... Raider (as Andy Flanagan)
Seamus Gubbins Seamus Gubbins ... Raider
Iain McAleese Iain McAleese ... Raider
David McGowan ... Raider
Gavin Mitchell Gavin Mitchell ... Raider
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Storyline

Five bittersweet vignettes that span the entire human history about five different men, all called Hector and played by the same actor (Robin Williams), who find themselves at a critical juncture in their lives. In prehistoric times, Hector lives in peace with his wife and their little son and daughter in a cave on a quite uninhabited island somewhere in the north. His world is shattered when a group of foreign pagan raiders led by a young chieftain and a somewhat pacifistic priest arrive there. In Ancient Rome, Hector is a loyal well-treated slave of Lucinnius, a somewhat naive big trader with political connections. When his latest shipment fails to arrive and the local corrupt governor Cyprion refuses to lend him money for his further endeavors due to bad omen that a professional soothsayer saw while reading the future from a chicken liver, he is ruined. To make things worse, just as Hector plans to ask his master for freedom and elope with his master's female African slave Thalia, ...

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From the dawn of time man has struggled for just four things: Food. Safety. Someone to love. And a pair of shoes that fit. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and elements of sensuality and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Japan

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

6 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buti žmogumi See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$764,011, 6 May 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,519,366
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The language spoken by the woman Hector encounters and falls in love with in the Middle Ages is Friulian, a variety of Ladin which is spoken in northeastern Italy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Storyteller: This is the story of a story. Once upon a time there was this story, and the story said to itself, how should I begin?
Hector: Try the usual way.
The Storyteller: What, in the dark with a man and a woman, in a story that is still to tell itself?
Hector: Well, you've got to start somewhere. Say, long long ago... Or, far far away... Or, another time in a different distant country... Or just, once...
The Storyteller: That's good. "Far away", so you know the place is close to your own heart. "Once" is nice, so we know that it always ...
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References Three Ages (1923) See more »

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humanize everything, if you can
12 May 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In one of his serious roles sans beard, Robin Williams stars in this somewhat confusing movie about a man portrayed in five different stories, always trying to find meaning in life...or something. Maybe the movie was trying to make a point about something, but I couldn't really tell. In a way, it almost seems like they made the movie for fun and just stacked the whole thing with a giant cast. Director Bill Forsyth, who had a very clear goal in making "Local Hero", seems somewhat confused himself here.

I should identify that I didn't hate "Being Human". It's an interesting look at world history. It's just hard to get a grip on the movie. An OK way to pass time, but I wouldn't recommend making it your first choice. Also starring Theresa Russell, Robert Carlyle, John Turturro, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jonathan Hyde, Hector Elizondo, Ewan McGregor (in his debut) and William H. Macy.


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