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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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Antonette Schwartzberg ...
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Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
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Adriana Delphine ...
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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More terror. Less filling. 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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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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Depending upon the stage of his character's deterioration, Robert John Burke had to spend four to six hours each day in the makeup chair. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 22 mins) During the end part with the pie, Halleck puts the pie on a small shelf of the corner of the bar. After the shot with the daughter, the pie is in the middle of the bar, and the shelf disappeared. 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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Piano Bar
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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A Macbre Weight-loss Film
29 December 2004 | by (Palm Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

If you're a big fan of Stephen King and want to see a film that stays true to the book, then this one will please. Thinner is the story of an obese lawyer, Billy Halleck, who kills a gypsy woman with his car. When the local judge and sheriff cover up the accident and let Billy off the hook, a gypsy curse is put on all of them.

One of the big things about this film that gave it it's publicity (besides Stephen King's name) was in the costume work done on Billy Halleck's weight-loss transformation. I think, given how daunting a task this was, that a good job was done. I did notice they forgot to augment his fingers to compensate with his body mass.

"Thinner" is delivered with what might be described as (forgive me) a second or third-string acting class - actors who deliver good roles but aren't chart toppers or as well known (Joe Mantegna, Kari Wuhrer, etc.). King's story teeters a bit when Billy and the gypsies begin playing a game of tit for tat. And the ending, although poetic with its Edgar Allan Poe touch, comes off as "oh brother!" 5/10


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