Leon the Pig Farmer (1992)




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A Jewish Londoner embarks on a journey to find himself after learning some shocking news about his past in this eccentric British comedy. As the film begins, Leon (Mark Frankel) is already in a time of transition, having quit his job for moral reasons and assumed a position in his mother's catering firm. His life is thrown into even more disarray when a bizarre coincidence reveals the truth behind his birth: not only was his birth the result of artificial insemination, but a lab mix-up means that his real, biological father is a complete stranger. The confused Leon sets out to find his "real" dad, and unexpectedly discovers that he is descended from a family of Yorkshire pig farmers. Co-directors Vadim Jean and Gary Sinyor move their story in fits and starts, allowing room for countless digressions, from a torrid affair with a outrageous artist (Maryam d'Abo) to the accidental breeding of a rather unique pig. While the film proves uneven, fans of the quirkier varieties of British comedy should find Leon the Pig Farmer's off-beat tone and taste for surrealistic details suitably entertaining. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi
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Unapix Films


Mark Frankel
as Leon Geller
Janet Suzman
as Judith Geller
Brian Glover
as Brian Chadwick
Connie Booth
as Yvonne Chadwick
David de Keyser
as Sidney Geller
Maryam d'Abo
as Madeleine
Jean Anderson
as Mrs Samuels
Bernard Bresslaw
as Rabbi Hartmann
Annette Crosbie
as Doctor Johnson
Burt Kwouk
as Art Collector
John Woodvine
as Vitelli
Vincenzo Ricotta
as Elliot Cohen
Stephen Greif
as Doctor
Sean Pertwee
as Keith Chadwick
Peter Whitman
as Rabbi Jobson
Stanley Davis
as Gutterman
Thelma Ruby
as Mrs Bernstein
Edward Dentith
as Old Man
Clive Panto
as Morris
John Guerrasio
as Jimmy's Man
David Graham
as The Chef
David Ash
as Morgan
Virginia Scott
as Cynthia
John Phillips
as Trevor
Sara Mansfield
as Naked Cellist
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inspired silliness

April 5, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

How funny can a movie be about the world's first kosher pig farmer? Funnier than you'd expect.

March 26, 2004

Not a great movie, but a great example of a type of film that could be made not that long ago for about $320,000.

Full Review… | July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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August 14, 2005

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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