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Thinner (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  25 October 1996 (USA)
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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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Plot Keywords:

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At his thinnest, Billy Halleck weighed 120 pounds which was a challenge for the FX crew, as actor Robert John Burke weighed 160 pounds at the time of production. See more »


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


Billy Halleck: Richie, you're not going to hurt anybody, are you?
Richie Ginelli: No. But Billy, if I'm gonna help you with this, you don't get to ask that question again.
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Written by Thomas Chase (as Thomas Jones-Chase), Steve Rucker, Maureen Davis,
Ezra Kliger
Performed by Thomas Chase (as Thomas Jones-Chase) & Steve Rucker
Courtesy of C.R.P., Inc.
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Great Horror-Comedy from King
11 February 2007 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Anyone who can seriously watch this movie and not take it as a more than just a fun horror romp is reading too much into the name of KING.

Stephen KING has a sense of humor, folks. Otherwise, he wouldn't have concocted such a nutty yarn as this! If you take him absolutely seriously, then you miss a wonderful part of him. Probably the part that I most admire, in secret.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this. The story was fun, the story realistic enough for me. The make-up was fun to look at. The weight loss, the diseases, the violence...it was all so comical, as it SHOULD BE! As a genre, horror is a laugh for me. I haven't been scared or frightened by a movie since "THE SHINING". And of course that was directed by an outright MASTER of the cinema (Kubrick).

So, sit back and think you are watching a light-horror movie...and I promise you it will be fun!

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