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The Man Who Sued God (2001)

Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance ... See full summary »

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Mark Joffe

Writers:

John Clarke (original screenplay), Patrick McCarville (story idea) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Connolly ... Steve Myers
Judy Davis ... Anna Redmond
Colin Friels ... David Myers
Wendy Hughes ... Jules Myers
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Gerry Ryan
John Howard ... Edward Piggott
Emily Browning ... Rebecca Myers
Blair Venn Blair Venn ... Les
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Cardinal
Tim Robertson ... Judge Bonaface
Linal Haft ... Rabbi
Peter Whitford ... Moderator
Frank Whitten ... Primate
Steve Jacobs ... Hal
Richard Carter ... Dirk Streicher
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Storyline

Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance money because it was 'an act of God'. He re-registers as a lawyer and sues the insurance company and the church under the guise of God, defending himself. The accident leads him to a friendship and eventual relationship with a journalist, Anna Redmond (Davis). Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki beperelte Istent See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,976,023
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bollywood movie 'Oh My God' starring Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal is inspired from The Man Who Sued God. See more »

Goofs

When Dave throws the newspaper on top of Steve as he's lying in bed, the second shot of Steve shows no newspaper lying on his upper body, but the third and fourth shots show the newspaper again. See more »

Quotes

Rabbi: [about his Christian counterparts] They're praying to God. They should be praying for better lawyers.
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Thought provoking courtroom conundrums with irresistible comedy and romance
25 August 2003 | by Chris_DockerSee all my reviews

Billy Connolly plays a fisherman living in Australia, having given up law out of frustration with the ‘system'. When a freak of lightning wipes out his small fishing boat and the insurance companies refuse to pay (as it's an ‘act of God') he takes up law again to take on the system, the legal fiction, the churches and the big insurance companies. Although it's title and trailer maybe suggest a mindless slapstick (and it contains a fair amount of this), the film actually delivers something more mentally challenging and is successfully entertaining by dint of hard work on an initial premises rather than any series of fast jokes. Interesting conundrums about class actions, legal liability and the legal ramifications of the existence or non-existence of ‘God' abound, and the lead characters demonstrate a humanity that makes the comedy all the more touching.


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