Being Human

Character: Prehistoric Shaman
Original Release: May 6, 1994 (US)
Directed by: Bill Forsyth
Written by: Bill Forsyth
Produced by: Robert F. Colesberry, David Puttnam
Running Time: 122 minutes
Box Office: $1,519,366 (US)

One human soul named Hector (Robin Williams) gets the chance to live five separate lives, through different periods of history. He is reincarnated as a Celt, a Roman slave, a Scottish crusader, a man shipwrecked in Africa and a modern-day New Yorker. And, though the same souls keep popping up around him, including his lover and his children, Hector makes the same mistakes over and over again. But it is through these many trials and errors that Hector learns what it truly means to be human.


Cast & Characters

Robin Williams (Hector), John Turturro (Lucinnius), Bill Nighy (Julian), Vincent D'Onofrio (The Priest), Theresa Russell (The Storyteller), Simon McBurney (Hermes), Hector Elizondo (Dom Paulo), William H. Macy (Boris), Lorraine Bracco (Anna), Anna Galiena (Beatrice), Jonathan Hyde (Francisco), Ewan McGregor (Alvarez), Lindsay Crouse (Janet), Kelly Hunter (Deidre)


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Trivia
Filming Dates: September 24, 1992 - March 2, 1993
Filming Locations:
  • Morocco
  • Rannoch Moor, Highland, Scotland, UK
  • California, USA
  • The language spoken by Robert Carlyle and the rest of the Barbarian raiders in the first story is Gaelic.
  • Feature film debut of Ewan McGregor.
  • Due to adverse reaction at preview screenings, Warner Bros instructed the director, Bill Forsyth, to trim the film by 40 minutes as well as adding narration and a happy ending. Forsyth subsequently disowned the film as a result.

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