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The Leading Man (1998)



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This romantic comedy follows cast and crew of Felix Webb's play The Hit Man. Director Humphrey hires Felix's extramarital lover Hilary. Hilary wants Felix to dump his wife Elena, and things heat up when young stud Robin offers to seduce Elena so that Felix can have grounds to dump her.


Lambert Wilson
as Felix Webb
Anna Galiena
as Elena Webb
Jon Bon Jovi
as Robin Grange
Thandie Newton
as Hilary Rule
Barry Humphries
as Humphrey Beal
Harriet Walter
as Liz Flett
Camilla Ohlsson
as Jessie Webb
Daniel Worters
as Danny Webb
Laura Austin Little
as Miranda Webb
Claire Cox
as Serena
Harry Jones
as Doorman
Sheridan Morley
as TV Interviewer
Michael Gunn
as Technician
Nicole Kidman
as Academy Awards Presenter
Ginny Holder
as Georgina
James Haggie
as Jessie's Friend
Anna Rose
as Andrea
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Critic Reviews for The Leading Man

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (9)

Maybe I'm just a sucker for backstage stories about theater people as well as for Thandie Newton, but this English picture kept me absorbed, happy, and occasionally amused despite its dubious details.

April 17, 2018 | Full Review…

On the evidence of this and "Moonlight and Valentino," Bon Jovi could have a screen future if he continues to make the right choices.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is watchable, but old hat.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A handsome, polished effort, "The Leading Man" is a sly, traditional-style delight.

February 14, 2001 | Full Review…

Like the characters' imminent theatre - there's a pervading sense of unreality which makes full connection with the movie rather difficult.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the delicate chemistry of success eludes "The Leading Man," which is watchable without being gripping.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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