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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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Prosecutor
Howard Erskine ...
Judge Phillips
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Terrence Garmey ...
Bailiff
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Court Clerk
Jeff Ware ...
Max Duggenfield
Antonette Schwartzberg ...
Mama Ginelli
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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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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) (27 October 1996)

Gross:

$15,171,475 (USA) (9 February 1997)
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Dino De Laurentiis originally sought to produce this film in 1986 after completing Maximum Overdrive (1986), another Stephen King adaptation and sought to have Sam Raimi direct, Scott Spiegel write and 'Bob Tapert' (qb) produce but they were busy with writing Evil Dead II (1987), which Di Laurentiis would eventually produce. 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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Tadzu Lempke: [about the curse] I never take it off. I die with it in my mouth.
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Not the worst King adaption, but definitely not the best either
20 October 2004 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

From what I've heard, this is a fairly faithful adaption of the Stephen King story of the same name, but I've never read the book myself. The plot is decent, but somewhat ridiculous... and the pacing is awful. I was bored for most of the other half of this movie, despite it only being about 90 minutes long. The acting varies, but it's mostly bad... Kari Wuhrer displays a particularly obvious lack of talent, and Robert John Burke proves that he doesn't have the charisma or talent to carry a movie. Actually, Joe Mantegna pretty much steals the show, and every scene that doesn't involve him has you bored and wanting to see him again. The humor in the film is actually surprisingly good. There are some pretty good exchanges of dialog, and, as a nice variation from the typical King film-adaption, most of the laughs are intentional(though there are a few parts which still seem lame and make you laugh, as opposed to seeming scary and frighten you). The special effects vary, but for the most part, they are quite good. The films gore and violence may be a little over the top, and is definitely extreme, though there isn't terribly much of it in the film(but when there is, it's very graphic), but it didn't bother me as much as I had expected, from hearing it described by someone who has seen the film. Since I haven't really seen any other films by the director, Tom Holland, I can't say if fans of him will like this film. One thing that the fans of King will surely enjoy is that he himself has a role in this, and a pretty easily recognizable one, at that(not the typical somewhere-in-the-immediate-background cameo that writers/directors typically have). All in all, fairly enjoyable horror, but not something that you'll want to see many times. I recommend it to big fans of Stephen King, huge fans of the various actors, and people who just enjoy watching somewhat uneven films just for the heck of it. 5/10


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