Holy Matrimony is a 1994 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy and starring Patricia Arquette. The film tells the story of a beautiful thief, hiding in a small, isolated religious community, who marries a young boy in order to retrieve a hidden fortune.


  • Patricia Arquette as Havana
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Ezekiel
  • Armin Mueller-Stahl as Wilhelm
  • Tate Donovan as Peter
  • John Schuck as Markowski
  • Lois Smith as Orna
  • Courtney B. Vance as Cooper
  • Jeffrey Nordling as Link
  • Richard Riehle as Greeson
  • Mary Pat Gleason as Female Officer
  • Alaine Byrne as Bar Woman
  • Dan Cossolini as Bartender
  • Lori Alan as Cleopatra
  • Jess Schwidde as Samuel
  • Frank Novak as Teacher


A young couple, Havana & Peter (Patricia Arquette & Tate Donovan), rob a county fair of its daily receipts and escape to Canada to hide out in the Hutterite community where Peter was raised. While there, they get married to satisfy the conservative elders in the community. Peter hides their loot in a secret hiding place, but then is killed in a car wreck. His much younger brother Zeke (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is called upon to replace his brother and marry Havana in a levirate marriage. Zeke already hates Havana because he believes that she influences his elder brother's behavior. She begins looking through everything that was Peter's, and Zeke rightly deduces that Peter hid something from her. He finds the money, along with a newspaper article that mentions Peter as the prime suspect in the robbery. Zeke initially uses the cash to trick his bride into doing housework. Later he shows it to the elders, who deem that it should be returned to its rightful owners. Zeke and Havana (who claims innocence of the source of the money) are sent on a quest back to the US to return the money. During this quest, the two eventually forget their initial animosity and grow protective of each other. When Havana kisses him goodbye, Zeke promises to return and give her a real kiss when he is older.

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