The Tall Guy

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Dexter King Jeff Goldblum is an actor who spends his nights on-stage in London's West End as a comedic punching bag for obnoxiously self-centered comedian Ron Anderson Rowan Atkinson. He gets hit in the head with hammers, he trips, and he stands by dumbly as Anderson gets all the laughs. His home life is little different. His roommate, Carmen Geraldine James, is a nymphomaniac, so he's always surprised by naked men parading through the kitchen in the morning. A chance meeting with lovely nurse Kate Lemon Emma ...
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Dexter King Jeff Goldblum is an actor who spends his nights on-stage in London's West End as a comedic punching bag for obnoxiously self-centered comedian Ron Anderson Rowan Atkinson. He gets hit in the head with hammers, he trips, and he stands by dumbly as Anderson gets all the laughs. His home life is little different. His roommate, Carmen Geraldine James, is a nymphomaniac, so he's always surprised by naked men parading through the kitchen in the morning. A chance meeting with lovely nurse Kate Lemon Emma Thompson and a tryout for the lead in a new Andrew Lloyd Webber-ish musical based on The Elephant Man called, not surprisingly, "Elephant!" jolt Dexter from his torpor. Not that it makes him much less of a loser, which is the quality the show's producers are looking for. "You're a victim," they tell him. His attempts to seduce Kate are equally jarring. She asks him if he is a big believer in having sex on the first date. "Why, no," he tells her, trying to impress her with his sensitivity. Too bad, she replies -- she doesn't believe in getting serious with someone if they're sexually incompatible. Romance and showbiz go on, with the show a hit, though Dexter's romance hits a temporary snag: his backstage romance with a co-star Kim Thomson gets found out. ~ Nick Sambides, Jr.
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Is there anything that Jeff Goldblum can't do? Well, there's one: sing. One of the funniest sequences in movies of the 1990s has to be The Tall Guy's devastating parody of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. This one is based on The Elephant Man and it's called "Elephant!" Playing an American actor who gets the lead in this bizarre London musical, Goldblum's off-key warbling is just one of the The Tall Guy's comic highlights. Slapstick, sight gags, one-liners -- this movie has just about every comic device known to man, and makes most of them work, but it's Goldblum's deadpan presence that holds it all together. It's a light, cheerful, and literate comedy. Except for a silly theme song ("It Must Be Love" by Madness), The Tall Guy hits just about everything it aims at. It has an equally dexterous performance from Emma Thompson as Goldblum's girlfriend. Thompson creates a character stripped of all conventions: she is pure English eccentric. Rowan Atkinson gives good sneer as Goldblum's egocentric boss, but the movie's Webber parody is its best bit. It's about time someone mocked his smarmy hit-machine formula, but even if you like Webber, you'll enjoy a night with The Tall Guy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 096009777494
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Goldblum Dexter King
Emma Thompson Kate Lemon
Rowan Atkinson Ron Anderson
Emil Wolk Cyprus Charlie
Geraldine James Carmen
Anna Massey Mary
Susan Field Dr. Freud
Hugh Thomas Dr. Karabekian
Timothy Barlow Mr. Morrow
Susan Beresford Woman Police Constable
Sarah-Jane Fenton Actress at Awards Show
Piers Fletcher Himself
Neil Hamilton Naked George
Piers Hamilton Himself
Sheila Trezise
Joolia Cappelman Costume Designer
Kim Thomson Cheryl
Harold Innocent Timothy
Joanna Kanska Tamara
Jan Lloyd 'Elephant' Chorus
Peter Kelly Gavin
Charles Lamb Old Man in Wheelchair
Declan Mulholland Rubberface Doorman
John Inman Special Guest Appearance
John Waldon Company Stage Manager
Angela Meredith Old Girl Friend
Bob Appleby "Elephant" Chorus
Angus Deayton Actor in Agent's Office
Anthony Woodruff Elephant Doorman
Charles Augins Choreographer
Fred Bryant Dying Old Man
Francis Johnson Male Nurse
Harriet Keevil Mary's Secretary
Bruce Leader "Elephant" Chorus
Ian Lindsay TV Director
Kate Duchene Old Girl Friend
Kate Lonergan Stage Manager/Rubberface
Martin Sadler Doctor
Melvyn Bragg Special Guest Appearance
Michael Fitzgerald Vacuum Cleaner Man
Peter Brewis Freddy
Robin Driscoll Actor in Agent's Office
Tony Forsyth Berkoff Actor
Jason Isaacs Doctor
Simon Bell "After Dark" Presenter
Stacey Haynes "Elephant" Chorus
Stephen Marchant Berkoff Actor
Thomas Lockyer Michael
Toby Philpott "Elephant" Chorus
Technical Credits
Mel Smith Director
Charles Augins Choreography
Tim Bevan Executive Producer, Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Peter Brewis Score Composer
Richard Curtis Screenwriter
Jim Dowdall Stunts
Howard Greenfield Songwriter
Grant Hicks Production Designer
Carole King Songwriter
Daniel Parker Makeup
Dan Rae Editor
Morag Ross Makeup
Andrew Rothschild Art Director
Neil Sedaka Songwriter
Denise Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Webster Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tall Guy
1. Chapter 1 [8:00]
2. Chapter 2 [8:00]
3. Chapter 3 [8:00]
4. Chapter 4 [8:00]
5. Chapter 5 [8:00]
6. Chapter 6 [8:00]
7. Chapter 7 [7:59]
8. Chapter 8 [8:00]
9. Chapter 9 [8:00]
10. Chapter 10 [13:42]
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