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Thinner (1996)

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A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Halleck (as Joy Lenz)
Howard Erskine ...
Terrence Garmey ...
Randy Jurgensen ...
Court Clerk
Jeff Ware ...
Antonette Schwartzberg ...
Terence Kava ...
Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
Adriana Delphine ...
Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller ...
Billy's Secretary
Kirk Penschley


A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner. Written by <Cane@Cris.COM>

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

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Stephen King's Thinner  »

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Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,679,046 (USA) (25 October 1996)


$15,171,475 (USA) (7 February 1997)

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Writer-director Tom Holland spent six years developing the film. Among the many reasons that the production kept getting delayed is that executives feared the public would liken the protagonist's plight to the AIDS epidemic. See more »


(at around 1h 22 mins) During the end part with the pie, Halleck puts the pie on a small shelf of the corner of the bar. After the shot with the daughter, the pie is in the middle of the bar, and the shelf disappeared. See more »


Heidi Halleck: Billy, you've got to stop eating like that. I want you to stop digging your grave with a spoon and fork.
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Referenced in The Night Flier (1997) See more »


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One of the Better King Stories
9 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) hits an old gypsy woman with his car, and with the help of his lawyer and judge friends gets away without even a traffic fine. Unfortunately for him, he cannot use legal maneuvers to get the gypsy curse off of him!

Stephen King has one of the worst track records for film adaptations. For every great film (Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, Shining) there are some real piles of rubbish. And any number of films in between. This one, luckily, is closer to the good end. Some have pooh-poohed it, but I found it pretty enjoyable.

Beyond the main story, which was average, the film comes alive due to Joe Mantegna's portrayal of Richie Ginelli. Mantegna, who you may know from "Criminal Minds" or as the voice of Fat Tony from "The Simpsons", is pretty great as violence incarnate. When he unleashes his vengeance on the gypsies, you almost have to feel bad for them, as you admire his tenacious bloodlust.

I have heard people complain about the ending, which apparently varies from the novel. I have also heard that the novel has more intricate subtleties that the movie overlooked. I do not have the novel, so I cannot comment on that, beyond saying that I really enjoyed the ending. I can't say what it is, but I found it very appropriate.

Burke's Clint Eastwood voice may be a bit dramatic, but I did not mind... oh, and Kari Wuhrer appears, as well... though does little more than provide a dash of sex appeal.

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