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The Tall Guy (1989)

A nasty comedian's assistant has allergy induced sneezes, giving problems at work etc. He accepts weekly injections after seeing the cute nurse. After a dozen injections he finally asks her out.

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Mel Smith

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Dexter King
Emma Thompson ... Kate
Rowan Atkinson ... Ron Anderson
Geraldine James ... Carmen
Emil Wolk Emil Wolk ... Charlie
Kim Thomson ... Cheryl
Harold Innocent ... Timothy
Anna Massey ... Mary
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ... Tamara
Peter Kelly Peter Kelly ... Gavin
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas Hugh Thomas ... Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins Charles Augins ... Choreographer
Peter Brewis Peter Brewis ... Freddy
Joolia Cappleman Joolia Cappleman ... Costume Designer
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Storyline

Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires him, he acquires the title role in a musical stage version of "The Elephant Man". Kate dumps him when she suspects he is having an affair with a fellow cast member, and he must win her back. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

2 metri di allergia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,131, 23 September 1990

Gross USA:

$510,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$510,712
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Goldblum was only free because of an actors strike in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

The license plate on the ambulance bringing Kate to the Elephant premiere changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Ron Anderson: If you ever do anything funny in my show again, you're out. F-U-C-K-E-D, out!
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Crazy Credits

Michael Fitzgerald's full credit in the movie is "Man with vacuum cleaner tube up his bottom." See more »

Alternate Versions

The American DVD release is different to the original British version. Several scenes are missing or shortened on the DVD. This includes the scene in which Goldblum is sitting in his agent's office watching other actors reading for great new plays and films, while he is offered a "shake and vac" commercial. Also inexplicably cut from the DVD release is the cameo appearance by Graham "Suggs" McPherson (from "Madness") during the "It Must Be Love" sequence. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
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Good late-night entertainment
21 July 2003 | by Laitue_GonflableSee all my reviews

I had never heard of The Tall Guy, and essentially still haven't, until it was shown on television a few years ago at about two o'clock in the morning. I was idly flicking channels and came across a scene with Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson. Thinking to myself that this was an interesting-looking cast, I stayed with it, and was later also introduced to Emma Thompson, and much to my surprise, extremely small one-line roles for Angus Deayton, Robin Driscoll and Charles Augins.

It was fun while it lasted. Rowan Atkinson has some more memorable scenes as a snide, unlikeable character, and Jeff Goldblum is actually quite fascinating in romantic, love-me mode.

Considering it was very late at night, I hope I can be forgiven for not regurgitating the plot correctly here, but I seem to remember that Goldblum played a reluctant straight-man to Atkinson in his stage show and decided to step out on his own, which eventually led to him getting the lead role in a musical production of "The Elephant Man". I'm not sure if it was all as corny as that sounds but it was roughly it. It was certainly enough fodder for a few laughs and a few smiles all around. I wouldn't mind viewing this film again while fully awake, but I'm sure it would be just as entertaining. I give this one three stars out of five.


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