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An obese 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 ...
Court Clerk
Jeff Ware ...
Antonette Schwartzberg ...
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:

gypsy | lawyer | judge | doctor | death | See All (136) »


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Fantasy | Horror

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?


Joe Mantegna, who plays Richie Ginelli in the movie, also narrates the audiobook of Thinner. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, Halleck's right hand is still bandaged and bleeding before a knife is stuck into the wound to open it again, yet in the final scenes we see his hand not only without any dressing, but with no visible scar at what is apparently only a few days later. See more »


Billy Halleck: What are you trying to do to me?
Heidi Halleck: What you wanted me to do in the back seat of your daddy's car. Prove my love to you.
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Referenced in Adam Green's Scary Sleepover: Tom Holland (2015) See more »


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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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Extremely Underrated Horror Film.
26 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When a successful lawyer from Maine (Robert John Burke) accidentally killed a old gypsy woman. Then her much older father (Micheal Constantine) puts a curse on him by losing weight instantly but also dying slowly from the inside. He can't losing weight until the curse is broken.

Directed by Tom Holland (Child's Play, Fright Night, The Langoliers) made a terrific thriller. This has excellent make-up effects by two time Oscar-winner Greg Cannon (Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, White Chicks). Burke pulls off an amazing performance in this. This was not see by many people, which this is a underrated film. This is a cult classic to be sure. Based on a novel by Richard Bachman (The Running Man), which is actually Stephen King.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer and an strong-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has an behind the scenes feautrette and an entertaining commentary track by the director and actor:Joe Mantegna (Who has an supporting role as a gangster). This is a fascinating horror film is loaded with dark humor. Written by the director and Micheal Mc Dowell (Bettlejuice). (**** ½/*****).

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