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The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991)

R | | Comedy | 14 February 1992 (UK)
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A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a ... See full summary »

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Ben Lewin

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (novel), Ben Lewin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Louis Aubinard
Jeff Goldblum ... Pianist
Natasha Richardson ... Sybil
Michel Blanc ... Norbert
Jacques Villeret ... Lingerie Man
Angela Pleasence ... Louis' Sister
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Zalman
Samuel Chaimovitch Samuel Chaimovitch ... Grandfather
Sacha Vikouloff Sacha Vikouloff ... The Violinist
Claudine Mavros Claudine Mavros ... Mother Superior
Carlos Kloster Carlos Kloster ... The Archbishop
Yvonne Constant Yvonne Constant ... Prostitute
Martine Ferrière ... Mother of Lingerie Man
Gerald Morales ... Bishop's Driver
Yannick Evely Yannick Evely ... Mother Superior's Driver
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Storyline

A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a porno movie with Natasha Richardson. Hoskins finds his model for Jesus in Jeff Goldblum and a romantic triangle begins in which Goldblum finds adoring crowds believing him to be Jesus and then begins to believe it himself. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The catch of the day is fresh comedy.

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La montre, la croix et la manière See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$164,767
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The sculpture, next to which Sybil and Louis were supposed to meet again, is the copy of 'An Orangutan Strangling a Borneo Savage' by Emmanuel Frémiet, 19th-century French artist, famous for his sculptures depicting wild animals, especially those of great apes. See more »

Quotes

Lady in Subway: When I look at you I think, now there's a man who can really save the world. Me I'm too busy, but if you could be bothered, you could do it.
Pianist: You really think so?
Lady in Subway: Why not give it try...
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions feature a BBFC-cut print which edits footage from the sex cinema scene and dubs out a reference to 'sodomy'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Catwalk: The Gig, the Favor, and the Very Big Turkey (1992) See more »

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really bizarre, funny movie
7 February 2011 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out and really liked it. I recall it didn't do that well, perhaps because the trailer for it was so badly done.

I decided to watch it again, and it's still very entertaining. It starts a little slow but gets nuttier and nuttier as it goes along. Jeff Goldblum is excellent as a volatile pianist and Bob Hoskins quite good as the meek protagonist. The plot is quite ingenious. The movie is quite silly and odd, and I can certainly see it wouldn't appeal to everyone, but for those who like quirky indie films, this is a great bet.


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