The Tall Guy (1990)




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An American actor known only as the straight man for an obnoxious British comedian -- he's the "tall guy" who's the butt of all the jokes -- struggles to find success and romance in this inconsistent but often hilarious comedy. The actor (Jeff Goldblum) faces numerous indiginities after he is fired from his job, ultimately landing the lead role in a musical based on the story of the Elephant Man -- called, of course, "Elephant!". The climactic staging of the piece is a merciless skewering of … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Curtis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 19, 2002
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



as Dexter King

as Ron Anderson

as Cyprus Charlie

as Cheryl

as Mr. Morrow

as Dr. Karabekian

as Mary's Secretary

as TV Director

as Dying Old Man

as Dr. Freud

as Costume Designer

as Vacuum Cleaner Man

as Male Nurse

as Old Man in Wheelchai...

as 'Elephant' Chorus

as Michael

as Stage Manager/Rubber...

as Rubberface Doorman

as Elephant Doorman

as 'After Dark' Present...

as Special Guest Appear...

as Woman Police Constab...

as Actress at Awards Sh...

as "Elephant" Chorus

as Naked George

as Choreographer

as Costume Designer

as Company Stage Manage...

as "Elephant" Chorus

as Special Guest Appear...

as Actor in Agent's Off...

as Actor in Agent's Off...

as "Elephant" Chorus

as Berkoff Actor

as Berkoff Actor

as Old Girlfriend

as "Elephant" Chorus

as Old Girlfriend

as Doctor #2

as Doctor #1

as Mr. Morrow
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Critic Reviews for The Tall Guy

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | September 21, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Tall Guy


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

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

Super Reviewer

Mild screwball rom-com is neither that romantic, nor that comedic.

William Goss

Super Reviewer

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