Leap of Faith (1992)




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Richard Pearce's comedy-drama stars Steve Martin as Jonas Nightengale, a con artist whose latest scheme has him posing as a traveling evangelist. When his caravan breaks down in a poor Southern town, he tries to make the best of the situation by exploiting the community for all its worth.
Comedy , Drama
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Paramount Home Video

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Liam Neeson
as Sheriff Will Braverman
Steve Martin
as Jonas Nightengale
Debra Winger
as Jane Larson
Lukas Haas
as Boyd
Meat Loaf
as Hoover
Troy Evans
as Officer Lowell Dade
Jennifer Snyder
as Glitter Jeans Girl
Deborah Hope
as Glitter Jeans Mother
La Chanze
as Georgette
Dave Hager
as Trucker
Delores Hall
as Ornella
Leroy Williams
as Angel of Mercy
Mark Walters
as Calvin
Grover Washington
as Old Black Man
as Georgette
Vince Davis
as Roger
Suzi McLaughlin
as Weather-worn Woman
Margaret Bowman
as Woman with Cherries Hat
Ed Geldart
as Brown Jacket
Marietta Marich
as Mrs. Hawkins
Melodee Bowman
as Calvin's Wife
Maria Arita
as Female TV Anchor
Shirley Ash
as Angel of Mercy
Angela Blair
as Angel of Mercy
Cornelius Clark
as Angel of Mercy
Norm Colvin
as 1st Man
David L. Emmons
as Jerry Joe
Casey Hammer
as Nineteen
Felicia House
as Angel of Mercy
Tarsha Jackson
as Angel of Mercy
La Dale Kemp
as Angel of Mercy
Gheri LeGree-McDonald
as Angel of Mercy
Lizz Lee
as Angel of Mercy
Lawrence Matthews
as Angel of Mercy
Jason McGuire
as Tough Kid
Shun Pace-Rhodes
as Angel of Mercy
Cherrie Thompson
as Angel of Mercy
Leon P. Turner
as Angel of Mercy
Lulanger Washington III
as Angel of Mercy
Gabrielle West
as Angel of Mercy
Eugene Young IV
as Angel of Mercy
Stephanie Stephens
as Angel of Mercy
Georgie Ellis
as Angel of Mercy
Tommy Ray Green
as Angel of Mercy
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Critic Reviews for Leap of Faith

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Martin gives a multi-layered performance

March 30, 2005

Comic Steve Martin gives an underappreciated dramatic performance as a phony preacher man. Among his best work.

November 20, 2004
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Miracles cannot be summoned by command, they happen spontaneously by grace, and often to those who least expect them.

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

I actually walked out of this one...bad!

August 15, 2002

An underrated drama, highlighted by Martin's flamboyant performance.

August 15, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Quote not available.

June 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for Leap of Faith

Predictable from the first minutes. The story's to blame here. Martin is good as a bogus preacher but is given nowhere to go.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


One of Steve Martin's last interesting roles.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

I like most Steve Martin movies. This one was fun enough with him as a faith healer stuck in a small town. I enjoyed it. There was comedy, drama and a bit of romance. A successful premise.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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