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Being Human (1994)




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Five fables, each set in a different historical era, make up this quirky comedy from director Bill Forsyth. Each tale features Robin Williams as a basically decent but troubled average man named Hector. Beginning with the Bronze Age, where Hector struggles for survival against barbarians, the film proceeds through Roman times, the Middle Ages, and the 16th century, concluding in the present day, where Hector is a divorced father attempting to reconcile with his children. The film clearly intends to draw parallels between these stories in order to illustrate the universal nature of human experience, though the segments themselves vary widely in tone, from broadly comic to philosophically reflective. Additionally, some may find the film's attempts at creating a fantasy atmosphere rather cloying, while others may be charmed by the project's determined oddness and whimsicality. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
Comedy , Drama
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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John Turturro
as Lucinnius
Anna Galiena
as Beatrice
Hector Elizondo
as Dom Paulo
Kelly Hunter
as Deirdre
Jonathan Hyde
as Francisco
Ewan McGregor
as Alvarez
David Proval
as George
Theresa Russell
as The Storyteller
Maudie Johnson
as Girl Child
Max Johnson
as Boy Child
Eoin Carlyle
as Leader
Irvine Allen
as Raider
Iain Andrew
as Raider
Tony Curran
as Raider
Andy Flanagan
as Raider
Iain McAleese
as Raider
David McGowan
as Raider
Paul Riley
as Raider
Grace Mahlaba
as Thalia
Danny Kanaber
as Gallus
Bill Nighy
as Julian
Jim Hooper
as Julian's Slave
Robin Hooper
as Julian's Slave
David Morrissey
as Cyprian's Man
Andrew Tiernan
as Cyprian's Man
Mark Long
as Slave
Rouchdi Mohamed
as Man 1 at Cyprian's
Hassan Mekkiat
as Man 2 at Cyprian's
Simon Clark
as Man in Bathhouse
Sam Guttman
as Sailor
Gemma Frances
as Girl on Wagon
Finlay Welsh
as Pedlar
Andrew Charleson
as Wagon Driver
Maria Mazetti Di Pietralata
as Beatrice's Daughter
Elena Salvoni
as Beatrice's Mother
Paul Higgins
as Soldier
John Surman
as Soldier
Conrad Asquith
as Officer
Zoot Lynman
as Boy Squire
Ken Stott
as Gasper Dias
Peter Kelly
as Father Diogo
Don Sumpter
as Salgado
Gavin Richards
as Da Cunha
Tim McMullan
as Deserter
Stefan Weclawek
as Dom Paulo's Son
Luke Hardy
as Sailor
John X. Heart
as Donald
Jeanne Reynolds
as Reporter
Andrew Dolan
as Reporter
Karen L. Thorson
as News Sound
Louis Landman
as NY Policeman No. 1
John Finn
as Detective Cobb
Jose Perez
as Santiago
Adam Bryant
as Neighbour
as Neighbour
Nina Lektorsky
as Mrs. Philippopilis
Danny Kovacs
as NY Policeman No. 2
Rob Brezsny
as TV Man-Psychic
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Critic Reviews for Being Human

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Never comes to a boil.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Just when you think the parts are never going to connect, they do so quite movingly

June 7, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Daring movie that will appeal immensely to mystics.

Full Review… | July 18, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Being Human

Story of one soul, placed into many different time periods. In each time period he has the same kind of life, a slave to his own existence, and a failure in many respects. A sentimental film, which shows the hardship of life, and the fact that we are all "just humans". An okay film, lacked a lot of emotional pitch, and the story was episodic, and not very developed.

Chris Cahill
Chris Cahill

Five fables, all with a character named Hector and all played by Robin Williams is an interesting concept. This shows why Robin Williams is such of an amazing actor

Anthony Petry III
Anthony Petry III

Five fables, all with a character named Hector and all played by Robin Williams is an interesting concept. I just didn't find the stories related as well to each other as they should have. It's not a bad movie, nor is it a good one. When it works, it's quite good, but too often it fails to deliver. Robin Williams lacks the spark he usually has. A good cast is not utilized to the best of their ability. There are several very slow scenes.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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