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What a great film. A spellbinding performance by Steve Martin, who seemingly was born to play this role. He portrays Jonas Nightingale, a traveling huckster of a preacher, who leads an entourage going from town to town bilking poor hopeful people out of what little they do have.
Another reviewer was dead on - it is impossible to watch any of his scenes in this film without focusing totally on him. He is so full of the role but not in an overbearing way (unlike Jim Carey whose portrayal as Batman's foil The Riddler, comes to mind as a poor comparison).
It's not merely a send up of preaching, Christianity or of films like the great Elmer Gantry (to which it is often compared and found severely lacking). It is much more than that. It is also much much lighter. It also has a brilliant musical score, dominated by some of the most stirring and uplifting gospel music ever to come from any of God's creations.
Different from any role Steve Martin ever did. Brilliant!
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2007 1:22:07 PM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
This reviewer has put his finger on precisely what makes this movie great (and in so few words -- such a wonderful economy of style -- something I'm seldom accused of!).
Like Eric V. Moye, I believe this film will never be out of date. Just purchased a DVD after being reminded by this reviewer of what makes this movie what it is --- a timeless classic that will be more and more appreciated in years-to-come. Thanks Eric!
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
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