Leap of Faith PG-13

Real miracles, sensibly priced.
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Price: $15.20
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Format:  DVD-R
item number:  72XA9

DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 21, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region [unknown]

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 21


User Ratings: 10,914
Rating: 3/4 -- The movie itself has considerable qualities, among them Martin's performance as Nightengale. This isn't the sleek, groomed, prosperous Steve Martin we've seen in movies like L.A. Story. It's Martin as a seedy, desperate, bright, greedy man without hope. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Feb 13, 2001
It's half a good film, only lacking the courage of its cynicism. Full Review
Independent on Sunday
Dec 12, 2017
Rating: 4/5 -- Comic Steve Martin gives an underappreciated dramatic performance as a phony preacher man. Among his best work.
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Nov 20, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- An underrated drama, highlighted by Martin's flamboyant performance.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Aug 16, 2002
Miracles cannot be summoned by command, they happen spontaneously by grace, and often to those who least expect them. Full Review
Spirituality & Practice
Jul 12, 2003
...Martin and Winger display an easy, flippant rapport...
Rolling Stone
Jan 21, 1993
...The movie itself has considerable qualities, among them Martin's performance....[Winger] does a wonderful job of grounding the movie in reality...
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 18, 1992

Product Description:

Con-man Reverend Jonas Nightengale (Steve Martin) trades salvation for donations to his touring ministry. When his tour bus breaks down in an impoverished farm town, he falls for a beautiful skeptic and learns a lesson about real miracles. See "Elmer Gantry" for an interesting comparison.

Plot Synopsis:

Jonas Nightengale, an evangelical huckster, decides to set up camp in Rustwater, Kansas, a small farming town hard-hit by drought, where one of his vans has broken down. Saying the people of Rustwater have no extra money to waste on phony miracles, the sheriff urges Jonas to move on; the minister, however, sees a town in trouble and he knows that means a quick profit from people desperate for hope. With the help of well-researched assistants, who have combed the town for information and gossip, and a manager who feeds him cues via a radio transmitter, he easily convinces people of his powers.
But then, one night, Jonas Nightengale performs an actual miracle, and suddenly his world is turned upside down.


Production Notes:

  • Feature film debut for writer Janus Cercone.
  • The film owes something to two earlier films made about evangelical con-men, "The Rainmaker" (1956), starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn, and the 1960 "Elmer Gantry" directed by Richard Brooks and starring Burt Lancaster (once again) and Jean Simmons. Other more contemporary films dealing with spiritual hucksters include "UFOria" (1980) with Cindy Williams and Harry Dean Stanton, and the documentary "Marjoe" (1972) directed by Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan.
  • One of a few serious performances by actor/comedian Steve Martin. Others include "Pennies from Heaven" (1981) and "Grand Canyon" (1991).
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  • UPC: 032429338815
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