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  • Actors: Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Wendy Hughes, Bille Brown
  • Directors: Mark Joffe
  • Writers: Don Watson, John Clarke, John Collee, Patrick McCarville
  • Producers: Ben Gannon, Brian Abel, Irene Dobson
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KF0NES
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From Down Under come a pleasant-enough comedy that strives to take on some heavy topics - most notably the existence (or lack thereof) of God. Scottish comedian/singer Billy Connolly is a lawyer-turned-fisherman who decides to sue God after a bolt of ligh

The Man Who Sued God defies simple definition, managing to be several types of movie all at the same time. As a theological-romantic-comedy-drama, it's in a somewhat unique category all of its own. Perhaps only Billy Connolly could carry off a central role that combines slapstick with raging anger, puppydog disappointment, and strong language delivered in his distinctive accent. These facets of performance are used and abused in a tale that feels like it really ought to be based on a true story, but isn't.

Connolly's life as a fisherman is sunk by the destruction of his boat by a bolt of lightning. The insurance company won't pay up, because it falls under that age-old excuse of being an "act of God". So Connolly decides to sue the deity. The premise raises issues about how the law and the church have apparently conspired together. But at heart the film is a simple character study, so any pondering on legal or theological implications will have to be done on your own time; the screen is occupied with family issues, underhand dealings, and a maybe-maybe romance with Judy Davis. --Paul Tonks

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You can really take sides with this one !
Richard A. Kendrick
The film was strangely logical and the conclusion totally unexpected.
Love Billy Connolly and Judy Davis together.
Deborah Crandell Scully

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Hoffmaster on February 6, 2007
Format: DVD
A long time ago, I happened to catch an HBO Comedy Special called "Pale Blue Scottish Person". It was on at around 3 in the morning, and I was having one of my bouts with insomnia. Never had my insomnia paid off such dividends. The comic in question was one Billy Connolly, whom I had never heard of, but immediately fell in love with.

In the years that followed, I kept seeing Billy pop up here and there, and he finally landed on US Television (The poor sod), as Howard Hesseman's replacement on "Head Of The Class". Again, this slightly skewed Scotsman destroyed me.

Last week, I was scanning through my "Video On Demand" and caught sight of "The Man Who Sued God." The title alone was enough to intrigue, so I punched it up.

...And a new love affair with an older, more grizzled, yet equally loveable Connolly began.

The plot, in a nutshell (no spoilers): A fisherman's boat is struck by lightning, the insurance company calls it an "act of God", so the fisherman takes God to court, in the person of the church, which is, after all, God's representative on earth.

With the exception of one rather lame plot point (that being that the fisherman was once a lawyer, so he gets to plead his own case, with all the cinematic hilarity (and, a bit of pathos) that ensues, "The Man Who Sued God" will please mostly everyone who has ever asked the "Eternal Questions".

Without giving anything away, the greatest moment in the film is when "The Church" realizes that, to have no responsibility in the case of the fisherman's boat, they must prove that God does NOT exist! BRILLIANT!

For friends of Connolly, enemies of the Church, or just those who love a truly divine this film TODAY!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Delaney VINE VOICE on October 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Steve Meyers has got some really awful luck. He is a retired attorney in Australia and he has decided to cash in all his money to live a happy peaceful life upon his boat. Unfortunately his boat is destroyed in a strong thunder storm. He figures, no problem I'll talk to my insurance fella and get this cleared up. If you ever had your insurance claim denied you will relate when he is told that it was an act of God. So he decides to sue God to recoup his losses. To sue God, you sue his trusty earthly servants, the only way that they can win the case is to prove that God doesn't exist? There is a very uncomfortable problem.

The movie does not make fun of the church or God. His real beef is with insurnace companies using God as a loophole. It's clever, and witty. Judy Davis is great as Anna, and Billy Connolly is always a good time. Is this the best ever legal movie, no. It doesn't claim to be either, it's fun, watch with a light heart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Rotten on September 20, 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw this film in Australia about 3 years ago,and again in the U.S durring an Australian Film Festival.From start to finish,this film is hilarious and absoloutely brilliant!Billy Connelly is amongst my favorite comedic actors,and he puts just the right ammount of flavor into this film.It couldn't have been done right by anyone else.I dare not give away anythng about this film,you'd hunt me down to sue also.The title itself is well worth is so proposterous in nature.Just thinking about it gives me the giggles.The bad guys get what they deserve,and even in the end Billy walks away with a clean slate.If I could award this film with six stars or more I would.It is amongst my favorite Australian comedies,you can't go wrong seeing this film,let alone owning it.It's one to keep for years and is family friendly for the most part,as long as you have a sense of humor and aren't terribly offended by God and religion being sued.Come to think of it,it's actually not such a bad idea?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Waddle on August 23, 2007
Format: DVD
I had just been told by my insurance company that, if my neighbor's dead tree falls on my roof, it's an Act of God. After going on a 2-hour rant, I discovered that Billy Connolly does it better! What a sweet, funny film!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on March 27, 2007
Format: DVD
If you've ever had a casualty claim denied by an insurance company you will certainly relate to Steve, the Irish lawyer who gave up his practice for lobster fishing in a small town in Australia. And if you are an attorney you'll probably cringe when you see the practicing attorneys in the "big City" try to defend the Almighty when Steve decides to sue God since his claim for lightning that destroys his boat is considered "an Act of God". But the rest of us will really enjoy this light hearted "fish out of water" (no pun intended little film that reminds me of the joy of first seeing "Local Hero".

The film was produced by Australian TV and Showtime Australia. So, yes, it was made for TV but it was a CABLE network so we get to hear the F-word and the S-word a lot. No nudity at all and not even a sex joke. No this isn't an Academy Award caliber film but it's a heck of a lot better than most of what's on television and stars Billy Connolly (sometimes too over the top) and Judy Davis (who starts out looking unattractive and strange but grows on you) work well together.

The one think that drops the DVD at least one star is that the US releasing company did not reformat the image for US TVs. Though it's wide-screen letterboxed, the original film was VERY wide-screen. As the opening titles appear, you'll wonder why the actors, the Producers, and the Director only have first names! It's because at least 10% is cut off from each side of the screen. This also affects the main body of the film because there are signs, which are part of the plot, that can't be read. Remember "pan and scan"? Well, this would have been a good place to use it.

So, for some light entertainment, with an interesting premise - "if there is no God to sure, where does that leave organized religion?" - I recommend this film.

Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"
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