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

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Linda Halleck (as Joie Lenz)
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Howard Erskine ...
Terrence Garmey ...
Randy Jurgensen ...
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Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
Adriana Delphine ...
Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller ...
Billy's Secretary
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Storyline

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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gypsy | lawyer | judge | doctor | death | See more »

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More terror. Less filling. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Thinner  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$15,171,475 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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Stephen King:  the author appears as Dr. Bangor (Bangor, Maine, is where King lives). See more »

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The position of the Gypsy after she is hit by the car. See more »

Quotes

Billy Halleck: Does anybody know this man?
[holds up picture of Tadzu Lempke]
Biff Quigley: Yeah. How could you miss him? That big old black cancer right in the middle of his face? I used to work the ferris wheel a few years ago. The last time I saw Lempke, he looked me in the eye and said "Hey, how that pretty little wife of yours? Aaw, don't matter, 'cause you'll see her soon!
[looks terrified and grabs Billy]
Biff Quigley: Mister, my wife's been dead for five years! And he knew it!
Billy Halleck: [gulps] Uh, did you see which way they went?
Biff Quigley: They went ...
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Decent Thriller, Doesn't Live Up to Book
31 March 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV a few years back. I'd read the book before seeing the movie, and I've read the book a second time recently, after seeing the movie. And I think I can safely say that 'Thinner' is a decent attempt, but doesn't live up to the book.

The movie is based on Stephen King's 'Thinner'. It is based around an obese small-town lawyer, Billy Halleck (Robert Burke), who has a curse put on him by a gypsy (Michael Constantine), after running over his daughter with his car. Halleck leaves his wife (Lucinda Jenny) and daughter (Joie Lenz), to find the gypsy and get the curse that is steadily making him thin reversed, before it is too late.

Like another reviewer said, this movie seems really TV movie-ish. The only actor I recognize in this movie is the typecasted Joe Mantegna. The rest I've never heard of before or since this movie. For the most part the movie is faithful to the book. But, it lacks much of the vivid detail of the book. Also, the main character is far more tame in the movie. Though, as I said, most of the actors I've never heard of before or since, they do a very good job in this movie. After seeing the movie, I can't picture anyone else playing the roles they did. And the make-up effects are amazing.

Overall, a decent movie. Could've better captured the spirit of the book. You could find a worse way to spend two hours.

Rating: 7/10


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