Rated: PG Reviewed by: Frank Release date: December 18, 1992 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Lacking in the biting hypocrisy of Elmer Gantry and nowhere near funny enough for Saturday Night Live this Steve Martin vehicle leaps quickly to its death.
Martin's preaching is not very different from the Sunday morning TV preachers or the cotton candy hair ladies who ask for money on cable TV late at night. The film also uses the image of Christ in a manner which may offend some Christians.
Reverend Jonas Nightengale (Steve Martin) is forced to bring his revival troop to a small town wen one of his trucks is suddenly in need of repair. He and his business manager Jane (Debra Winger) work their con on the people of the small town. Boyd (Lukas Haas - Witness) plays an accident victim who wants Nightengale to cure him. After days and nights of preaching, Nightengale sees his many followers camping around the revival tent and changes his life. It's a dull two hours.
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