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Holy Man

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jeff Goldblum, Kelly Preston, Robert Loggia, Jon Cryer
  • Directors: Stephen Herek
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hungarian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Czech (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Hungarian, Croatian, Greek, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VYRF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Holy Man" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Butler on September 26, 2005
Format: DVD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manuel H. Porras Ortega on July 13, 2005
Format: DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lila Louise on October 16, 2005
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
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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