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Holy Man [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Robert Loggia, Jon Cryer
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Writers: Tom Schulman
  • Producers: J.D. Freedman, Jeffrey Chernov, Jonathan Glickman, Ray Murphy Jr., Rebekah Rudd
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Polish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan. 2001
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZA3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 'Good Buy' home shopping channel is on the brink of financial collapse, leaving senior executive Ricky Hayman (Jeff Goldblum) facing the sack. However, the charismatic yet unpredictable 'G' (Eddie Murphy) arrives to offer the station a lifeline. Despite courting chaos with every on-screen appearance, 'G' causes an upturn in the channel's fortunes that could save Hayman's job.

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Holy Man could have been a stellar satire in the tradition of Frank Capra, George Stevens, or Preston Sturges. Instead, this well-meaning romantic comedy was bluntly written by Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society) and broadly directed by Stephen Herek, who fared better with his 1995 drama Mr. Holland's Opus. Their good intentions shine through, however, and while it's easy to appreciate Eddie Murphy's attempt to shift his career in a more substantial direction, Holy Man delivers some pointed criticism of commercialism and its deadening effect on spiritual well-being.

Murphy plays an enlightened eccentric named "G" (for "guru" or "God"?) who rises to national celebrity when he's enlisted to host a TV shopping network. Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Preston play the show's producer and marketer, respectively, and their formulaic romance provides the movie's lackluster subplot. With skyrocketing ratings and a flurry of cameos by celebrity hucksters (Morgan Fairchild, Florence Henderson, Dan Marino, and even James Brown), G delivers preachy platitudes urging America to stop buying and embrace the finer values of life and love (a hollow message coming from Disney, the most conspicuously commercial of all major Hollywood studios). To its credit, Holy Man occasionally achieves a delicate balance of comedy and commentary, and receptive viewers will be grateful, at a time when crude comedies rule the box office, that someone bothered to try. For that reason, this flawed movie deserves to be seen. --Jeff Shannon

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Eddie Murphy is really impressive as the "alternative" Holy Man. He seems almost believable in this role. I particularly love the way he comes over as an open honest guy, even when he is 'used' for advertising on Jeff Goldblum's TV show. He is just too truthful about the products and when he says they're not all that great, they still sell hundreds. It's all down to his personality!

I found the longer I watched the movie, the sadder I became...BUT I also chuckled and was rooting for not only the Holy Man, but also Jeff and his maybe girlfriend. A happy conclusion to an entertaining film. (I gave it 4 stars because I was expecting a few more laughs)
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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...

So officially this is the first movie starring Murphy that didn't go into profit, but it's a strange thing, because with this, Life and Bowfinger, it made 1999 one of the best years for Murphy at the cinema, material wise.

I'm not surprised that the film has such a low rating on here, there is so much hate for the man, I doubt he will ever make a comeback, but this is such a lovely little movie, it does have to be seen.

If you are expecting the star to be on maniacal form, think again, this is him at his most calmest, after all, he is playing some sort of bohemian, and he plays G really really well.

Goldblum is good as the slimy exec come good, and Preston is always easy on the eye.

At the end of the day, this is basically a family friendly Network, lots of preaching about life being too short, and although it can get a little too sugary at times, it warms the heart and never outstays it's welcome.

It's worth seeing, just for the feel good factor.
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Perhaps this may be because I personally identified with the message, but still, the non materialistic 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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An excellent study of crass commercialism exploiting a gullible TV viewing public. Eddie Murphy gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance (see also Blowfish). Jeff Goldblum is characteristically laid back and polished (which is why he is so watchable). No belly laughs, but heart warming, humourous and ironic (without being cynical). Altruism wins the day (and the lady). Holy Man proves that occasionally Hollywood can produce feel-good movies that aren't cloying.
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First of all, I have to say that I'm not giving Holy Man the film 2stars, I think its a great film, one of Eddie Murphy's best, up there with Beverly Hills Cop and The Golden Child, I'm giving the DVD itself 2stars because when I got it the disk was covered in countless smudges that I had to very carefully attempt to clean off, even so the film did skip once or twice so I am quite disappointed with that. The plot though is about Eddie Murphy a.k.a 'G' a holy man on a pilgrimage who has a run in with Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Preston who work for a home shopping network. He ends up going into their work to thank them for their help after he is nearly hit by a car and ends up wondering on air. Their sales go up and bingo they have their new presenter and he's a huge success. There are some great comedy moments in this and some real heart. All in all 2/5.
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Eddie murphy's acting in this film is supurb the way the film changes eddie murphy adapts brilliantly. It can be serious funny and brilliant.
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One of my favourite films love it
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A deep and thought provoking film
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