Holy Man

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

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“Holy Man” is a comedy film released in 1998, directed by Stephen Herek. The movie stars Eddie Murphy as G, a mysterious and charismatic guru, Jeff Goldblum as Ricky Hayman, a ruthless TV shopping network executive, and Kelly Preston as Kate Newell, Ricky’s ambitious assistant.

The story revolves around Ricky Hayman, a high-powered executive at the Good Buy Shopping Network, who is desperate to increase the channel’s ratings and profits. In a twist of fate, he stumbles upon G, a spiritual wanderer and holy man with a calm and wise demeanor. Ricky sees an opportunity to exploit G’s peaceful presence for his own gain and convinces him to become a celebrity pitchman on the network.

As G starts appearing on the shopping network, his simple and insightful messages capture the hearts of the viewers, turning him into an overnight sensation. People are drawn to his message of inner peace and fulfillment, and the network’s ratings skyrocket. However, Ricky’s initial intentions to use G for profit begin to waver as he becomes genuinely touched by the holy man’s teachings.

As G gains more popularity, Ricky’s conscience starts to weigh on him, and he starts questioning the shallow consumerism of his career. He begins to reevaluate his life choices and priorities, realizing that there is more to life than material success and profit. With G’s guidance, Ricky learns valuable life lessons about humility, kindness, and the importance of meaningful connections.

Meanwhile, Kate, Ricky’s ambitious assistant, becomes suspicious of G’s authenticity and tries to uncover the truth about his past. Her investigation leads her to some surprising revelations about the holy man’s origins and motivations.

“Holy Man” is a lighthearted comedy that explores themes of consumerism, spirituality, and personal growth. It humorously examines the clash between materialism and inner peace, while also emphasizing the significance of human connections and genuine relationships.

While “Holy Man” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release, Eddie Murphy’s charismatic performance as G and the film’s thought-provoking messages have gained it a cult following over the years. It serves as a reminder that true happiness and fulfillment come from within, and that finding a balance between material pursuits and spiritual well-being is essential in our fast-paced modern world.

Holy Man

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  • Eddie Murphy: G
  • Jeff Goldblum: Ricky Hayman
  • Kelly Preston: Kate Newell
  • Robert Loggia: John McBainbridge
  • Jon Cryer: Barry
  • Eric McCormack: Scott Hawkes
  • Jennifer Bini Taylor: Hot Tub Girl
  • Adriana Cataño: Television hostess


  • Director: Stephen Herek
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum and Stephen Herek
  • Writer: Tom Schulman
  • Music: Alan Silvestri

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