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Holy Man (1998)



Critic Consensus: Cloying and unfunny, Holy Man wastes the repartee between Eddie Murphy and Jeff Goldblum on the gospel of toothless satire and unearned sentimentality.

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In this sharp-edged, high-octane comedic look at life, love, and television home shopping, Murphy is an inspirational televangelist who hilariously proves his message -- that, in today's world, shopping by television can be a religious experience. Only Eddie could so completely become this over-the-top marketing genius who takes a home shopping broadcasting company -- and the country -- by storm.

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Robert Loggia
as McBainbridge
Jon Cryer
as Barry
Eric McCormack
as Scott Hawkes
Sam Kitchin
as Director
Robert Small
as Assistant Director
Marc Macaulay
as Cameraman/Brutus
Mary Stout
as Laundry Lady No. 1
Edie McClurg
as Laundry Lady No. 2
as TV Producer
Betty White
as Herself
Soupy Sales
as Himself
Dan Marino
as Himself
Nino Cerruti
as himself
Kim Alexis
as Amber, Keratin Girl
Veronica Webb
as Diandre, Keratin Girl
Barbara Hubbard Barron
as Sunbather No. 1
Cristina Wilcox
as Sunbather No. 2
Mal Jones
as Elderly Couple
Jody Wilson
as Elderly Couple
Pamela West
as Fresca, the Foot Model
Tim A. Powell
as Doctor Simon
Lori Viveros Herek
as Nurse No. 1
Angel Schmiedt
as Nurse No. 2
Elodia Riovega
as Housekeeper
Al Kamaar
as Moslem Theologian
Mark Brown
as Grass Mat Salesman
Mike Benitez
as Bullet Proof Vest Man
Deborah Magdalena
as Control Booth Technician
Adriana Cataño
as TV Hostess No. 1
Andrea Lively
as TV Hostess No. 2
Lee Bryant
as Money `Meg'
Nick Santa Maria
as Sword Salesman
Aaron Elbaz
as Glue-Gun Boy
Scotty Gallin
as Jock Salesman No. 1
John Bosa
as Jock Salesman No. 2
Jeffrey Wetzel
as Stage Manager
Erin Morrissey
as Host No. 1
Daryl Meyer
as Host No. 2
Ronda Pierson
as Host No. 3
Brett Rice
as Detective No. 1
John Archie
as Detective No. 2
Armando Capó Ramos
as Grace's Little Boy
Nancy Duerr
as Reporter No. 1
Tonya Oliver
as Reporter No. 2
Fred Workman
as Reporter No. 3
Jacqueline Chernov
as Reporter No. 4
Roger E. Reid
as Reporter No. 5
Errol Smith
as GBSN Staffer
Dave Corey
as Announcer
Alan Oliney
as G's Stunt Double
Mike Christopher
as Ricky's Stunt Double
Alejandro Acosta Fox
as Flamenco Guitarist
Maria Alejandra Carpio
as Flamenco Dancer
Laurie Wallace
as Facial Mist Girl
Willie Gault
as Nordic Track Guy
Amanda Lynn
as Nordic Track Girl
Charlie Haugk
as Party Girl
Margaret Muldoon
as Attractive Party Guest
Mark Massar
as Set Dresser
Toy R. Van Lierop
as G Makeup Artist
Dana Hawkins
as Hair Chat Girl No. 1
Denise Heinrich
as Hair Chat Girl No. 2
Antoni Cornacchione
as Chain Saw Host
Marc C. Geschwind
as GBSN Electrician
Alan Jordan
as Marksman No. 1
Mike Kirton
as Marksman No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Holy Man

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

It may not be earthshaking, but this calmly competent feel-good movie shows that a little sincerity can go a long way.

July 21, 2009 | Full Review…

The material lacks a biting edge.

July 1, 2009

The kitsch on-air shopping sequences are often very funny.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

About halfway through Holy Man the terrible reality sets in: Oh, no, they mean for us to take this seriously.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The film never really explains where G came from or where he's going.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/5

While Murphy probably has what it takes to make the comedian-to-serious actor transition, he needs to do what Martin, Williams, and Carrey did: hold out for a good script.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holy Man

Holy Man is one of the worst films that Eddie Murphy has done. This is the type of film that is void of effective humor and has a bad script to rely on. This is one of many bad films that Eddie Murphy has starred in, and it is a painful laugh free comedy that really doesn't have anything interesting going for it. The film is poorly directed, and has stale jokes that just aren't funny. The film never succeeds at being funny, and the only thing that it succeeds is being a bad film. Holy Man just doesn't have that special ingredient which made Eddie Murphy such a funny guy in previous films. Luckily he would redeem himself with Bowfinger, but that would be short lived because he would continue making bad, laugh free and uninspired garbage. Holy Man just relies on a poorly written script and the story could have used a lot more development. Stephen Herek fails to direct something consistent here and he ultimately doesn't have what it takes to create a good comedy. Holy Man simply doesn't deliver anything good; it's an underdeveloped film, one that was destined to fail right from the start. If you're expecting a good film with this one, you'll be sadly disappointed. This is one of many bad films starring Eddie Murphy, and he really doesn't make you laugh in this one. Simply a bad film that could have been much better than what it turned out to be. I thought that this film was quite awful and is one of those films that aren't memorable whatsoever. Avoid this one; it definitely isn't worth your time.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

One of Eddie Murphy's better ones. (I know that is not saying a whole lot). It's not overly funny, but it does have quite a nice message to it. Sweet.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Holy Shit! God forgiven this filmmakes, they don't know that they are doing!

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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