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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

A lawyer uses his power to help his lover put her father behind bars, but when he escapes, they are all in danger.

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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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23 January 1998 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,278, 25 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,534,569, 21 June 1998
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After Altman's cut of the film scored low in test screenings, PolyGram took it from him and re-cut it. This prompted Altman to demand that his name be removed from the credits. Then, however, PolyGram's re-cut version tested even worse, so Altman's cut was restored. The film opened in New York City to largely good reviews. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Libby: [addressing her father] Would you please stop talking to me as if I were Jeff's age?
Jeff: What's wrong with my age?
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Referenced in Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) See more »

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A well-made, very underrated film
6 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

With this movie, it's all about style, atmosphere, and acting. True, I didn't believe all of the plot developments, but it didn't matter- the terrific acting, the unexpected plot twists, and the wonderful atmosphere sucked me right in, and carried me along for the ride, and I had a great time. Kenneth Branagh is not only a great actor but a master of accents, and he proves it once again with a flawless Georgia accent. He's surrounded by so much talent in supporting roles (Robert Downey, Jr., Embeth Davidtz from Schindler's List and Fallen, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, and Robert Duvall) that I was simply blown away. I recently bought a copy of this movie, and I never tire of watching it. Simply one of the best thrillers of the year. If you've ignored this movie (and chances are you have), then I suggest you check it out.


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