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The Leading Man (1996)

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

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John Duigan

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Virginia Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Bon Jovi ... Robin Grange
Anna Galiena ... Elena Webb
Lambert Wilson ... Felix Webb
Thandie Newton ... Hilary Rule
Barry Humphries ... Humphrey Beal
David Warner ... Tod
Patricia Hodge ... Delvene
Diana Quick ... Susan
Harriet Walter ... Liz Flett
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Henry
Claire Cox ... Serena
Kevin McKidd ... Ant
Victoria Smurfit ... Annabel
Laura Austin-Little Laura Austin-Little ... Miranda Webb
Danny Worters Danny Worters ... Danny Webb (as Daniel Worters)
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Storyline

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his success. He has fallen passionately in love with Hilary, a beautiful, fiesty young actress, and is preparing to desert his perfect family, his wife Elena and three lively children. His intolerable situation is further complicated when Humphrey casts Hilary as one of the leads in 'The Hit Man'. Enter Robin Grange, a charismatic young Hollywood actor making his London theatre debut. Robin is attractive, charming and dangerous, and soon inveigles his way into everyone's life. He ingratiates himself with the cast and, quickly grasping Felix's dilemma, sets about weaving his web of mischief. He suggests that if he were to seduce Elena, she would be distracted from Felix's affair, regain her self respect, and perhaps even willingly part from the unfaithful husband to whom she clings. Initially Felix is ... Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Leading Man See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,483, 8 March 1998

Gross USA:

$18,012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,012
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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The exterior of the theatre in which the play is performed is obviously The Playhouse, Charing Cross, London but the interior is the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London. See more »


Soundtracks

Burning Down the House
Performed by Talking Heads
Composed by David Byrne (as Byrne)/Chris Frantz (as Frantz)/Tina Weymouth (as Weymouth)/Jerry Harrison (as Harrison)
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23 January 2002 | by mdlngstrSee all my reviews

This movie was kinda weird. It had Jon Bon Jovi in it...so of course...I HAD to see it. The actors were good, the story line was good, but it just didn't CLICK to me...lol. Jon Bon Jovi's acting was horrible in it...sorry. :( I love him, but *shakes head* I thought at this point of his acting career he should've stuck with singing. I don't know what it was tho. The movie dragged out badly in some parts and I kept checking my watch thru out the whole thing. Sure...there were some 'good' parts in it...*evil grin*, but I didn't really enjoy it.


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