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Holy Man (1998)

Eddie Murphy , Jeff Goldblum , Stephen Herek  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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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: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video - Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0788814907
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Holy Man" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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

Product Description

The always hilarious Eddie Murphy (DR. DOLITTLE) stars with Jeff Goldblum (JURASSIC PARK) and Kelly Preston (JERRY MAGUIRE) in a refreshingly funny hit that elevates shopping to a nearly religious experience! A stressed-out senior executive at the Good Buy home shopping channel, Ricky Hayman (Goldblum) is praying for a miracle that will lift the network's lousy ratings and save his job. Then, from out of nowhere, "G" (Murphy) walks into his life! An outrageous, self-styled inspirational guru with a knack for showing up where he isn't exactly wanted, "G" proceeds to wander in front of the cameras just long enough to exude the irresistible star quality that will make him the sales-boosting savior Ricky's network has been looking for! Also featuring a host of well-known celebrities in a sidesplitting series of comic infomercials -- you're bound to be another satisfied customer with nothing but praise for HOLY MAN!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm, loving,happy movie August 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I absolutely LOVED this movie!!! I also can't believe the reviews of this movie on Amazon - there alot of cold-hearted cynics out there!!! This a movie where you need to suspend your disbelief (which movie isn't?). The movie isn't about Eddie Murphy's charachter at all - it's really about Jeff Goldblum's charachter (Ricky Hayman). He plays a hard bitten, whealer-dealer television sales executive at a not-so-high-rating home shopping station, who meets, firstly, a beautiful girl (played gorgeously by Kelly Preston), and secondly, a spiritual man on a pilgrimage (Eddie Murphy). Eddie's charachter , G, asks for nothing, but comes into Ricky's life and teaches him ( and the viewers of the shopping network) that there is something more important about life than shopping and acquiring material possessions, and becomes the hottest thing on T.V. I watched this movie with my family (husband and 3 children aged 9 to 6). We all thoroughly enjoyed it, and then danced around the lounge-room to the closing credit music by Stevie Wonder. A really up-lifting movie that brought joy to my heart!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Funny, & Deep September 26, 2005
There's no way to put into words how it feels to come from a film having taking something special away. After having read many reviews on Holy Man, both here and elsewhere, I've come to the conclusion that this is one of those movies most people just don't get. This is indeed the age of crudity, where shock value is held in higher regard than genuinely good storytelling and uplifting characters. This film succeeds on all fronts by offering itself not just as a hilarious comedy(which it certainly is), but also as a means to convey a message that's too often ingnored and scoffed at. Let's face it, most people today are master cynics, unwilling to accept any positivity but always ready to rebuke something. It seems to me, that's why this film was not a comercial success.

Eddie Murphy has created a phenomenal character in G and plays him with enough love and abandon I found myself smiling all the way through. Forget wondering exactly who G is. If you're really spending time on that, you've failed to see the point of the story. Besides, some things are best left to the imagination. Ambiguity doesn't have to be a scary concept.

The love story between Goldblum and Preston isn't perfect, but their performances-particuarly Goldblum's-are worth seeing. All in all, my only complaint is that their aren't any special features to speak of and letterbox format stinks. Otherwise, let go of yourself and rent this wonderful film. Watch it with a close friend or a loved one. You'll be glad you did!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Sci-Fi Movie July 13, 2005
I know it isn't exactly what you might expect from Eddie Murphy. And of course it is not classic Sci-Fi. Nevertheless, it deals with subjects that have been present in SF since the very beginning. Alienation of man, consumism, manipulation from the media.

I find some similarities between this movie and Truman Show, which I consider to be SF too. Not all Jim Carrey fans seem to like TS, because it's different from the kind of comedy he is known by. The same goes here to Eddie Murphy. He is not wildly funny, he is a spiritual character who gets the best from people around him.

And the character who really makes this movie, for me anyway, is Jeff Goldblum's character. It is he who goes through a transformation, and makes us think if we are going in the right direction.

I actually loved this movie, and recommend it to everybody, although you shouldn't expect an average comedy, but a deep thought-provoking movie instead.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Comparing it to Other Movies! October 16, 2005
Look, the biggest complaint I have with the people that have reviewed this movie is they keep comparing it to other Eddie Murphy movies and it's just not. That would be like comparing The Majestic to The Mask and saying it wasn't Jim Carry's finest... It's a good movie but it is a very special movie. The jokes aren't a laugh a second but the good messages are. I don't think it should have recieved the Oscar or anything like that but it's none the less enjoyable, smart humor. Quit watching it with a running track of Nutty Professor in your head and just take it for what it is. A quality movie that really does have some good comentary on american ethics. I'm giving it five stars not because I think it's the best movie ever made but because it dares to be different than a lot of things that are already out there. Yes it could have been just another Daddy Daycare... but then there would just be two kinda average comedies instead of two feel good movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
When I first saw this movie at the show. I walked out of the theater with a smile on my face. This is one of those feel good movies. The kind that comfort the viewer and reflect humanity's good side. In this case it's Murphys character, who plays a spiritual guru named "G". Who manages to land a host spot on a home shopping channel. But he's not on to sell the products. He's there to tell us about our values. What we really need! And that's is love. Not love for material possesions, but the love for life and eachother. And that's why I find it to be a satisfying satire. Also I thought that Jeff Goldblum's performance was engaging. He almost steals the show! But this is a Murphy movie all the way. Only one of those good not funny ones. I recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Eddie does it again
Good movie lots of twists and turns but Eddie always delivers
Published 3 days ago by sunbaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my many favorite movies. It has heart and a great message. I am happy with purchase.
Published 8 days ago by Kareem T. Nunn
2.0 out of 5 stars Kinda annoying
Jeff Goldbloom is annoying. I feel the need to finish his sentences. Eddie Murphy plays his part well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Barry McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Primo!
Loving it!!
Published 2 months ago by macmyke
4.0 out of 5 stars cute movie. interesting plot about materialism vs. spirituality
Eddie Murphy headlines and Jeff Goldblum and Kelly Preston add context to this story of happenstance, set in Miami, at the home studio of a generic nationwide shopping... Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Sam Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Dump the DOG - Holy Cow Bat Man!!!
Eddy Murphy should stick to what he does BEST!~
This is a DUD!
SAVE your money and buy another HIT. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert N. Guthrie
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I thought it would be funnier but it was still a good viewing. It wasn't what I thought it would be
Published 6 months ago by just my opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This has been a favorite of mine. It has been years since I have seen this movie and I enjoyed it. The seller was quick to ship.
Published 9 months ago by Tina Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGICAL Murphy Movie
Duh ... I LOVE ( and met Mr. Eddie Murphy - very very very nice and cool guy ) any movie Mr. Murphy is in. Oh and I loved the message the movie conveyed.
Published 10 months ago by Phyllis
4.0 out of 5 stars A good humanity movie
I caught pieces of this movie on tv a couple of times & ordered it. It is a story of a man on a journey of just doing good in the world & making people feel better for even just a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Larry G.
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