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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

 -  Thriller  -  23 January 1998 (USA)
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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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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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Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »
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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£171,120 (UK) (24 July 1998)

Gross:

£449,552 (UK) (7 August 1998)
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After Altman's cut of the film scored low in test screenings, PolyGram took it from him and recut it. This prompted Altman to demand that his name be removed from the credits. Then, however, PolyGram's recut version tested even worse, so Altman's cut was restored. The film opened in New York to largely good reviews. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie, as Rick returns to Savannah, Georgia from a trial in Jacksonville, Florida, he crosses the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. The bridge spans the Savannah River and is located north of the city. Jacksonville, of course, is located south of Savannah, and Rick would have to go way out of his way to cross the bridge as he enters Savannah. See more »

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Pete Randle: I wouldn't spare a drop of piss on her if she was burnin' to death.
Rick Magruder: Yeah, we're aware of your urinary problems, sir.
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Well-made, but thrill-less thriller
19 August 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The promising first half-hour is let down by the failure to develop the characters and thus waste a great cast. Downey Jnr is a fantastic actor but is given very little to work with, same goes for Hannah, Berenger and Janssen (who seems to have no purpose in the film whatsoever). Davidtz would've been great if her character had grown, but instead all she got to do was mope around for the whole movie. Majority of the bog-standard material here is given to Branagh, and although he is by no means poor, he just does not get the viewer involved in his battle.

The direction, for me, was the film's only virtue. Altman creates a wonderfully dark and intriguing atmosphere, it's just a shame neither the story nor the undercooked characters are equally dark and intriguing.

With more complex characters, more of Downey Jnr and Jansenn, and more explosive dialogue, I could've easily overlooked and forgiven the silly plot turns and contrivances, but sadly they stick out like a sore thumb.

Disappointing sub-noir thriller. 4/10


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