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Leap Of Faith [DVD] [1993]

Steve Martin , Debra Winger , Richard Pearce    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Martin, Debra Winger, Lolita Davidovich, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas
  • Directors: Richard Pearce
  • Writers: Janus Cercone
  • Producers: Burt Bluestein, David V. Picker, Janus Cercone, Michael Manheim, Ralph S. Singleton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Portuguese, Hebrew, Greek, Croatian, Arabic, Turkish, Polish, Italian, Castilian, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Slovene, Serbian
  • Dubbed: French, German, Hungarian, Castilian, Italian, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002GZACU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,217 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A slick talking, fast walking evangelist rakes in dollars promoting miracles and wonders in a roadshow of impassioned sermons and ro using gospel songs.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RS Teacher 2 Jun 2006
By D'Arcy
Format:DVD
I love this film. I first saw it in a lecture at college on how not to do church! Jonas Nightingale (Steve Martin) is hideously ruthless when it comes to making money out of people's misfortunes. However, when the greatest of scammers is seemingly outscammed it makes him pause for thought. A brilliant soundtrack and a thoroughly heartwarming film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look........ just do it !! 10 May 2007
By b4-its-2-l8 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Steve Martin is someone I find is a bit hit or miss, usually more miss (e.g. Pink Panther). Yet, ever since I saw him years ago in an unexpectedly funny/good film; "The Man With Two Brains", a 4 star movie, he's someone I've wanted to find funny more than he actually is. (Can't explain why, must be some sort of psychological 'imprinting' going on!)

Anyhow, in this flick, Steve Martin departs from his typical 'idiot' roles. And he delves into the darker side of his character in a clever and very adept way and delivers a strong and very worthy performance as a quick talking, street smart hustler who sees religion as a nifty business to scam and get-rich-quick from. As he says; "if God exists, why did he make so many suckers?"

He plays 'Jonas Nightengale' a shallow, self-interested, self-obsessed and self-appointed 'minister'. 'What is my next conquest, who's holding my next buck' seems to be his motto. And yet, he's not so displeasing as you don't care for him, you learn bit by bit in subtle ways about things that made him the way he his and even though he displays narcissistic traits, you can't help but feel some sympathy for him. In this film Martin brims with confidence and charisma and it seems the territory has been made just for him, (and as a foot note to his agent, he should make more movies like this).

His primary and perfect foil is played by Debra Winger, his beautiful and equally cunning assistant; her character is a strong, smart, and sassy, and in essence she's the 'power behind the throne'. She also has a back-story which never truly gets developed but it's her passion for what she does that makes Jonas' success all the more believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moral tale?! 17 April 2012
By R. Fox
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you haven't seen Leap of Faith, Go-get!!! Steve Martin is as usual talented, funny, convincing and a brilliant fraudster! He heads up a travelling "Faith Healing" team who visit god-forsaken American communities, performing miracles and healing the sick..............anymore and I would spoil the development of the story!! In true American style, we are left with a moral!

All thats needed from the viewer is a sense of humour!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Man manipulates but God still steps in! 24 Dec 2011
By David
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this DVD very much. Even though man is a manipulator and puts himself at the centre of the Universe God can still step in! Steve Martin was amazing (even though I am not a no. 1 fan of his). It is worth watching and sadly seeing the scams that take place but in the midst of all this God is VERY real. So though hilarious in parts it was a tear jerker in other parts. It caused me to have a greater sense of Christ's enabling even when obstacles are present. DavidLeap of Faith [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leap of faith 8 July 2011
Format:DVD
Great Movie, well acted by Steve martin and co. Very funny take on the big money making evangelists in the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film! 4 July 2011
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I'm a huge Steve Martin fan and so was never going to be disappointed by this film. It's great and has the advantage of having Meatloaf in it too. The story line is believable and Steve Martin hams it up no end. Love it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Business of Religion. 26 Aug 2009
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Steve Martin far too often represents the Lowest Common Denomintor for me as far as American humour is concerned. Tedious plots, interlinked with obvious one-liners and shallow humour. About as much enjoyment as kissing your sister ( and I mean the older, ugly one ). For years I had been raving about "Leap Of Faith" - a movie which seems to have been largely overlooked by most people - to anyone and everyone who cared to listen to me. I recently bit the bullet and bought myself a copy (via amazon, of course). It was just as good as I had remembered it. If, like me, you have a deep suspicion and a pronounced disgust about the true (commercial) motives behind many of these so-called charasmatic religious groups, this is the movie for you. Besides a bravura performance from Steve Martin himself, other value-added items are Debra Winger, looking sweet and winsome in some rather sexy short skirts, a firm and reliable sheriff in Liam Neeson and a smallish supporting role from future Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oh, and by the way, the music is great too. If you are intrigued by the sub-title of the movie "Real Miracles. Reasonably Priced", then get to see it. It's a highly amusing and deeply cynical look at the business of pop religion and the ends that people will go to, to dupe the gullable masses, without a single whiff of a guilty conscience. Worthy of the price and of a regular re-look from time to time.
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