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Thinner (1996)

An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

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Linda Halleck (as Joy Lenz)
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Howard Erskine ...
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Terrence Garmey ...
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Court Clerk
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Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
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Adriana Delphine ...
Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller ...
Billy's Secretary
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Kirk Penschley
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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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Let The Curse Fit The Crime. See more »

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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)  »

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Stephen King's Thinner  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$15,171,475 (USA) (7 February 1997)
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Originally the crew planned to do a more gruesome FX makeup which would have had Billy Halleck's flesh dangling off of his protruding jaw and cheekbones. Partway into filming they decided that this look was too horrific. See more »

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After the gypsy shoots Halleck in the hand, and he holds it up. to where you can see through it. part of the bone should be visible. If the bone is gone, why does his middle finger still work? See more »

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[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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Fiddler's Game
Written by Thomas Chase (as Thomas Jones-Chase), Steve Rucker, Ezra Kliger
Performed by Thomas Chase (as Thomas Jones-Chase) & Steve Rucker
Courtesy of C.R.P., Inc.
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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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