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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 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

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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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Gross USA:

$164,767
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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 »

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The Funniest Movie Orgasm Ever
4 June 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE FAVOUR, THE WATCH AND THE VERY BIG FISH (3+ outta 4 stars) I hadn't seen this movie for along time but I remember thinking when it first came out that it didn't have much going for it. Seeing it a second time I was really surprised at how much more I liked the oddball storyline. Bob Hoskins plays a nerdy church photographer who is trying to complete a photo series of famous Biblical characters. Unfortunately he hasn't found the right Jesus yet and his boss (Michel Blanc) is putting on the pressure. Filling in for an ailing friend, Hoskins finds himself doing voice-over work for porn movies... where he meets Sybil, the girl of his dreams (Natasha Richardson), in the funniest scene in the movie. Hoskins finally finds the ideal Jesus in a sad-faced homeless man played by Jeff Goldblum... who, after becoming famous playing Jesus, begins to think that he might *really* be. Many, many complications arise... and lots of extremely odd plot twists and bizarre characterizations. The movie definitely does not go where you think it is going to. The actors all do great jobs... and the script is filled with witty one-liners... and even a serious aside or two. Definitely worth checking out if you like unusual movies.


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