The Tall Guy (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.


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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

August 30, 2004

It's a triumph of tongue and cheekiness.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Why am I laughing more than I want to?

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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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