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Лидер (1996)

The Leading Man (original title)
Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

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Virginia Duigan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Bon Jovi ... Robin Grange
Anna Galiena ... Elena Webb
Lambert Wilson ... Felix Webb
Thandie Newton ... Hilary Rule
Barry Humphries ... Humphrey Beal
David Warner ... Tod
Patricia Hodge ... Delvene
Diana Quick ... Susan
Harriet Walter ... Liz Flett
Tam Dean Burn Tam Dean Burn ... Henry
Claire Cox ... Serena
Kevin McKidd ... Ant
Victoria Smurfit ... Annabel
Laura Austin-Little Laura Austin-Little ... Miranda Webb
Danny Worters Danny Worters ... Danny Webb (as Daniel Worters)
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Storyline

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his success. He has fallen passionately in love with Hilary, a beautiful, fiesty young actress, and is preparing to desert his perfect family, his wife Elena and three lively children. His intolerable situation is further complicated when Humphrey casts Hilary as one of the leads in 'The Hit Man'. Enter Robin Grange, a charismatic young Hollywood actor making his London theatre debut. Robin is attractive, charming and dangerous, and soon inveigles his way into everyone's life. He ingratiates himself with the cast and, quickly grasping Felix's dilemma, sets about weaving his web of mischief. He suggests that if he were to seduce Elena, she would be distracted from Felix's affair, regain her self respect, and perhaps even willingly part from the unfaithful husband to whom she clings. Initially Felix is ... Written by Eva Tauzer <eva@mte.hupe.hu>

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Indecent. Immoral. Irresistible. It's the role he was born to play. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 September 1997 (UK) See more »

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Лидер See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The exterior of the theatre in which the play is performed is obviously The Playhouse, Charing Cross, London but the interior is the Theatre Royal, Stratford, London. See more »


Soundtracks

Humoresque Op.101 No. 7
Performed by Antonín Dvorák (as Dvorák)
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Bon Jovi Does His Job But Overall, This Soaper Is Boring
28 December 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a below-average soap opera about British actors and general low-life people. The worst of them all was the lone American, played by singer Jon Bon Jovi, who did a decent job of acting, playing the part of American movie star "Robin Grange."

Lambert Mason playing British playwright "Felix Webb" is the other main guy. He's an adulterer and one who gets caught up with his mistress demanding things. It's the usual story of the younger mistress demanding the older man can his wife and settle down with her. Yawn! How many times have we seen that?

It winds up being a soap opera about so-and-so fooling around with people they shouldn't, observers seeing all of this and putting their two cents in, and .......well, I might as well not spoil it for anyone who likes this sort of thing.

The main problem with the movie, in my opinion and in a nutshell, was that it was boring and it had too many characters one simply doesn't care about. Add those two negatives up and a you get a "not recommended" film.


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