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Being Human (1994)




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Five fables, each set in a different historical era, make up this quirky comedy from director Bill Forsyth. Each tale features Robin Williams as a basically decent but troubled average man named Hector. Beginning with the Bronze Age, where Hector struggles for survival against barbarians, the film proceeds through Roman times, the Middle Ages, and the 16th century, concluding in the present day, where Hector is a divorced father attempting to reconcile with his children. The film clearly intends to draw parallels between these stories in order to illustrate the universal nature of human experience, though the segments themselves vary widely in tone, from broadly comic to philosophically reflective. Additionally, some may find the film's attempts at creating a fantasy atmosphere rather cloying, while others may be charmed by the project's determined oddness and whimsicality. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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John Turturro
as Lucinnius
Anna Galiena
as Beatrice
Hector Elizondo
as Dom Paulo
Kelly Hunter
as Deirdre
Jonathan Hyde
as Francisco
Theresa Russell
as The Storyteller
Maudie Johnson
as Girl Child
Max Johnson
as Boy Child
Paul Riley
as Raider
Bill Nighy
as Julian
Jim Hooper
as Julian's Slave
Robin Hooper
as Julian's Slave
David Morrissey
as Cyprian's Man
Andrew Tiernan
as Cyprian's Man
Mark Long
as Slave
Rouchdi Mohamed
as Man 1 at Cyprian's
Hassan Mekkiat
as Man 2 at Cyprian's
Simon Clark
as Man in Bathhouse
Gemma Frances
as Girl on Wagon
Andrew Charleson
as Wagon Driver
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata
as Beatrice's Daughter
Elena Salvoni
as Beatrice's Mother
Paul Higgins
as Soldier
John Surman
as Soldier
Zoot Lynman
as Boy Squire
Ken Stott
as Gasper Dias
Peter Kelly
as Father Diogo
Don Sumpter
as Salgado
Tim McMullan
as Deserter
Stefan Weclawek
as Dom Paulo's Son
Luke Hardy
as Sailor
Andrew Dolan
as Reporter
Karen L. Thorson
as News Sound
Louis Landman
as NY Policeman No. 1
John Finn
as Detective Cobb
Jose Perez
as Santiago
Adam Bryant
as Neighbour
as Neighbour
Nina Lektorsky
as Mrs. Philippopilis
Danny Kovacs
as NY Policeman No. 2
Rob Brezsny
as TV Man-Psychic
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Critic Reviews for Being Human

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

An ultra- whimsical reverie on love and family through the ages. Sometimes archly cute, finally deeply sentimental...

June 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Never comes to a boil.

March 11, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Just when you think the parts are never going to connect, they do so quite movingly

June 7, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Daring movie that will appeal immensely to mystics.

July 18, 2003 | Full Review…

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