The Tall Guy (1990)



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Sick of playing second banana to an obnoxious British comedian, a lonely, dissatisfied (and tall) American actor strikes out on his own. This farcical comedy follows the tall guy as he finds romance and a new career -- playing the title role in a musical version of The Elephant Man.
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Jason Isaacs
as Doctor #2
Jeff Goldblum
as Dexter King
Rowan Atkinson
as Ron Anderson
Michael Fitzgerald
as Vacuum Cleaner Man
Kim Thomson
as Cheryl
Neil Hamilton
as Naked George
Tony Forsyth
as Berkoff Actor
Thomas Lockyer
as Michael
Emil Wolk
as Cyprus Charlie
John Inman
as Special Guest Appearance
Tim Barlow
as Mr. Morrow
Joanna Kanska
as Tamara
Susan Beresford
as Woman Police Constable
Kate Duchene
as Old Girlfriend
Hugh Thomas
as Dr. Karabekian
Angus Deayton
as Actor in Agent's Office
Melvyn Bragg
as Special Guest Appearance
Simon Bell
as 'After Dark' Presenter
Susan Field
as Dr. Freud
Ian Lindsay
as TV Director
Charles Lamb
as Old Man in Wheelchair
Declan Mulholland
as Rubberface Doorman
Robin Driscoll
as Actor in Agent's Office
Anthony Woodruff
as Elephant Doorman
Sarah-Jane Fenton
as Actress at Awards Show
Peter Kelly
as Gavin
Toby Philpott
as "Elephant" Chorus
Fred Bryant
as Dying Old Man
Stacey Haynes
as "Elephant" Chorus
Bruce Leader
as "Elephant" Chorus
Charles Augins
as Choreographer
Bob Appleby
as "Elephant" Chorus
Joolia Cappelman
as Costume Designer
Piers Fletcher
as Himself
Piers Hamilton
as Himself
Francis Johnson
as Male Nurse
Harriet Keevil
as Mary's Secretary
Kate Lonergan
as Stage Manager/Rubberface
Stephen Marchant
as Berkoff Actor
Angela Meredith
as Old Girlfriend
Martin Sadler
as Doctor #1
John Waldon
as Company Stage Manager
Peter Brewis
as Freddy
Jan Lloyd
as 'Elephant' Chorus
Joola Cappelman
as Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The Tall Guy

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

The fresh, alert performances add enormously to the polished sparkle of the script.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Mel Smith's directorial debut is uninhibited by finesse, but it has its laughs.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is hard to resist a story in which a man wearing an elephant head pedals his bicycle through London in mad pursuit of his true love.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's a triumph of tongue and cheekiness.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Why am I laughing more than I want to?

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

This movie is right about a great many things, one of them being that there is a market for comedy among people who were not born yesterday.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Tall Guy

Awful, awful, awful.

Sarah Burton
Sarah Burton

Super Reviewer


It has some genuinely funny moments but it feels a bit stale overall.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

The gimmicky casting of Jeff Goldblum in an otherwise run-of-the-mill british sex comedy is the main reason that this is at all memorable. There are some amusing "Springtime For Hitler"esque moments, and Rowan Atkinson is far funnier sending himself up as an obnoxious, egotistical comedian than doing his usual bumbling slapstick schtick. The rest is purely by the numbers however.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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