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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,065,985, 27 December 1998
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In June 2009, Murphy referred to Holy Man as a "horrendous movie". Although he did not identify the film by name, he mentioned it on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien as a reference to the film he starred in featuring a cameo with singer James Brown. 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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Written by Andrew Dorfman
Performed by Andrew Dorfman and Wendy Bremer
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I'm shocked that this movie is rated so poorly...
8 June 2008 | by jeff-2038See all my reviews

I first caught Holy Man a few years ago and was highly impressed. I didn't go into it knowing much about it, so I wasn't disappointed to find out it wasn't a comedy -- and it's not, despite some funny moments.

It's just a very light hearted charming movie that will make you think about life's more important aspects. Give it a chance, you'll probably enjoy it more than you expect!

The movie can be a little sappy at times and casting Eric McCormack was probably a mistake. All I could think of when he was on screen was his character from 'Will & Grace'. I guess that's what they call typecasting, eh? Either way, this movie is worth the two hours.


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