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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 ...
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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 »

Goofs

When Halleck hits the gypsy in the car, she hits the windscreen and leaves no blood on it, but in the next shot there is blood all over it. See more »

Quotes

[At the faire... ]
Tadzu Lempke: Don't you bother to step on this scale, mister. I can tell your weight from right here 1-5-9 right? And next week goin' be 1-4-3. And the week after that? Hoo-oo! We don't wanna to think about it, mister, do we?
[wheezing]
Gina Lempke: Sorry, mister... but you lose.
[walks to the dolls]
Gina Lempke: But let's see...
[moves the fingers near the dolls, and stop at the doll, presenting Billy, whispering]
Gina Lempke: Aah... this...
[looking back at Billy]
Gina Lempke: You can have a prize anyway.
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References The Godfather (1972) See more »

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The Gypsy Curse
3 September 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When a gypsy caravan arrives in Fairview, the conservative judge Phillips (Howard Erskine) forces the gypsies to leave town. Meanwhile the gluttony lawyer Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke), who has difficulties to reduce his weight, successfully defends the mobster Ritchie Ginelli (Joe Mantegna) in court; during the night, he celebrates with his partner and wives in a dinner party. While driving back home, his wife Heidi (Lucinda Jenney) makes oral sex with Billy and he runs over the old gypsy Suzanne Lempke (Irma St. Paule), the daughter of the patriarch Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine). During the trial, Billy omits the reason of the accident; the chief of police Duncan Hopley (Daniel von Bargen) perjuries; and the bigoted judge declares Billy not- guilty for the accident. On the next day, Billy, Duncan and Phillips are cursed by Tadzu that puts a hex on each one of them. Billy gets thinner and thinner and while seeking out Tadzu to ask him to remove the spell, he suspects that his wife is having an affair with his doctor and friend Mike Houston (Sam Freed). Billy feels that his life is running out and asks for help to Ritchie to convince Tadzu using his method to call off the jinx.

The creepy "Thinner" is an underrated and one of my favorite horror movies based on a Stephen King's novel. The special effects and make-up were state-of-art in 1996 and even thirteen years later, they are very good. With the exception of Billy'/s daughter, all characters are corrupt in some level and deserve their fate. A couple of months ago, I saw another good movie based on the same theme - a gypsy curse – Sam Raimi's "Drag me to Hell". My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Maldição" ("The Curse")


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