One of a series of six "Big Man" episodes. Jack Clementi, reading the newspaper, learns that there is an imitation of the precious Etruscan goldsmith’s masterpiece ‘The laughing girl’. The article says that the piece belongs to the Houston Museum to which the deceased Texan billionaire and collector Jim Carlson donated it. But Jack knows that the precious statuette belongs to the feudal lords of Roccaferro who have kept it for two hundred years in the castles museum, with an insurance guaranty from Lloyd’s for 800,000 sterling pounds. Clementi starts the investigation and discovers that the prince of Roccaferro is full of debts . .
Jesus (Willem Dafoe), a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas (Harvey Keitel) -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation.
Ford plays an American doctor whose wife suddenly vanishes in Paris. To find her, he navigates a puzzling web of language, locale, laissez-faire cops, triplicate-form filling bureaucrats and a defiant, mysterious waif who knows more than she tells.