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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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Linda Halleck (as Joie Lenz)
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Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
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Gypsy Woman
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Billy's Secretary
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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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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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Budget:

$8,500,000 (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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Gina Lempke: [angrily yelling] Shame... on momma! I say, you killed my own momma!
Gina Lempke: I say, you are a demon, and we should kill YOU!
Billy Halleck: That is what I am to you? A demon?
Billy Halleck: [pulls up his shirt and shows his belly] Look at me.
Gina Lempke: [spitting between fingers] Gachumilalah!
[walks away]
Tadzu Lempke: [gently pushes Gina and walks forward to Billy] Sey call you de white man from town. You have no business with us, white man from town. And we have no business with you. Go away!
Gina Lempke: Tusom gaza, pappa.
Billy Halleck: I am not through with you... Your daughter... ...
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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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