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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

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Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Libby Magruder
Jeff Magruder
Clyde Hayes ...
Carl Alden
Konnie Dugan (as Troy Beyer)
Julia Ryder Perce ...
Cassandra (as Julia R. Perce)
Danny Darst ...
Sheriff Hope
Sonny Seiler ...
Phillip Dunson
Walter Hartridge ...
Edmund Hess


Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gingerbread Man  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$118,278 (USA) (23 January 1998)


£449,552 (UK) (7 August 1998)

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1.37 : 1
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Janine Turner was considered for the role of Mallory Doss. See more »


At the party early in the movie, Rick and Lois are talking head-to-head on the sofa. Mallory walks behind them and you can hear Lois talking, but we see their heads at opposite ends of the sofa and they aren't talking. The camera immediately cuts back to them sitting close and talking like before. See more »


Clyde Pell: No offense ma'am, but it's always appeared to me your Dad's a few beers shy of a six-pack.
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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Robert Altman (2001) See more »

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Good dark suspense
26 November 2003 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I don't understand the low 5.7 rating on this film. It's a delight for people who like a strong suspense plot and dark atmospherics. The tone is reminiscent of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, down to the locale (Savannah). The acting is strong, and I was amazed at the verisimilitude of Kenneth Branagh's southern accent. Famke Jansen is great, Robert Duval is effective in a small part, and Embeth Davitz is the BOMB. Great full nude scene of her,too.

The plot is fairly standard but effectively executed.

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