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The Leading Man (1996)

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100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

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 ...See moreSuccessful 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 outraged but as the tension mounts with Hilary, reluctant to continue as the second woman in his life, he succumbs. Watching in horror as Elena responds to Robin's perfectly plotted seduction, and tormented with suspicions that Hilary has also fallen under Robin's spell, Felix spirals towards a kind of madness. Desperate to regain control of his life, he indulges in a grand theatrical gesture, but fate intervenes, and both Felix and Robin learn that real life doesn't always follow the script. Written by Eva Tauzer See less
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Director
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Ed Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
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Opening Wknd
$ 2,483
Gross (USA)
$ 18,012
Gross (World)
$ 18,012
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Release date
Mar 6, 1998 (United States)

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37 cast members
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Jon Bon Jovi
Robin Grange Robin Grange   See fewer
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Anna Galiena
Elena Webb Elena Webb   See fewer
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Lambert Wilson
Felix Webb Felix Webb   See fewer
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Thandie Newton
Hilary Rule Hilary Rule   See fewer
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Barry Humphries
Humphrey Beal Humphrey Beal   See fewer
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Patricia Hodge
Delvene Delvene   See fewer
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Harriet Walter
Liz Flett Liz Flett   See fewer
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Claire Cox
Serena Serena   See fewer
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Victoria Smurfit
Annabel Annabel   See fewer
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Laura Austin-Little
Miranda Webb Miranda Webb   See fewer
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Danny Worters
Danny Webb (as Daniel Worters) Danny Webb (as Daniel Worters)   See fewer
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Camilla Ohlsson
Jessie Webb Jessie Webb   See fewer
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Harry Jones
Doorman Doorman   See fewer
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Sheridan Morley
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Geoffrey Freshwater
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Nicole Kidman
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Robert McDonald
Michael Michael   See fewer
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Neve McIntosh
Cashier Cashier   See fewer
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Ginny Holder
Georgina Georgina   See fewer
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James Haggie
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Anna Rose
Andrea Andrea   See fewer
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George George   See fewer
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Trilby Beresford
Laughing Girl (uncredited) Laughing Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.8 / 10 | 1,339 votes