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Leap of Faith (1992)

Fake faith healer Jonas Nightingale is stranded in a small town where he finds he can't fool all of the people all of the time.

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Richard Pearce

Writer:

Janus Cercone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Jonas
Debra Winger ... Jane
Lolita Davidovich ... Marva
Liam Neeson ... Will
Lukas Haas ... Boyd
Meat Loaf ... Hoover
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Matt
M.C. Gainey ... Tiny
LaChanze ... Georgette
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Ornella
John Toles-Bey ... Titus
Albertina Walker Albertina Walker ... Lucille
Ricky Dillard Ricky Dillard ... Ricky
Vince Davis Vince Davis ... Roger
Troy Evans ... Dade
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Storyline

Jonas is a fraudulent faith healer, who uses all the tricks in the book to con the people attending his shows. Jonas and his team of helpers, including Jane who is in need of some romance, travel the country stopping at big towns and cities to put on their show. When one of the trucks breaks down in a small town, Jonas is quick to accept the challenge of making money in this town. His other goal is to seduce Marva, a waitress in the town, but she's a hard nut to crack, as is Will, the local sheriff who's determined to expose Jonas as a fraud. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Real miracles, sensibly priced. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schein-Heilige See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,222,768, 20 December 1992

Gross USA:

$23,369,283

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,369,283
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonas's "mind-reading" trick, wherein he receives intimate details about his marks via a small radio, loosely follows the exploits of televangelist Peter Popoff, who performed a very similar trick with his wife at the microphone. Popoff's career took a nosedive when he was publicly "outed" on the Johnny Carson show by professional magician and skeptic James Randi, who had managed to smuggle a radio scanner into one of Popoff's revival meetings. See more »

Goofs

During the first "healing" sequence, Jonas addresses the woman who needs a job. Meanwhile, his assistants ready another audience member, a blonde woman in a blue dress, at the opposite side of the stage. However, in the next shot, the blonde woman has been replaced by the "gambling man" who Jonas picked out of the audience earlier. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Will Braverman: Feeling better now?
Jane: [getting her feet rubbed by Will] Yeah. I guess I just needed to be alone.
Sheriff Will Braverman: I'll take that as a compliment.
Jane: [Jane checks her watch and starts pulling her feet away] It's before 6:00. I've got to go.
Sheriff Will Braverman: Whoa.
[pulls Jane's bare feet back and resumes gently rubbing her toes]
Sheriff Will Braverman: Places to go. People to rip off.
Jane: Oh, you should talk. Here you are consorting with the enemy.
Sheriff Will Braverman: Yeah, well, I'm an easy consort.
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Crazy Credits

During the closing credits, the 'Angels of Mercy' singers are shown singing to a tent full of people (including some of the cast members). See more »

Connections

Referenced in ReBoot: Daemon Rising (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Yakety Yak
by Jerry Leiber (as Jerry Lieber) and Mike Stoller
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An underrated gem of the 90s
17 November 2003 | by RDenialSee all my reviews

I read some comments that thought this film might offend Christians. Nonsense. I think you just might have to be a Christian to appreciate the humor in this film. Steve did his homework in making this film which explores the seedy world of traveling charlatans masquerading as evangelists. It is a more serious film than some of Martin's other efforts, but I found it very funny as I have attended many Church services that were near identical to the ones portrayed in the film. If you have stayed away from this film because you are a Christian, I say give it a look. I don't think it will offend you that much and you will enjoy the outcome.


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