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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:
Clyde Hayes ...
Carl Alden
Libby Magruder
Jeff Magruder
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)


$1,534,569 (USA) (19 June 1998)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (2015) See more »

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A Savannah GA lawyer misjudges a situation, and a girl, and finds himself in deep trouble.
17 April 2001 | by (Fayetteville, Georgia) – See all my reviews

I expected more of Kenneth Branagh. It is a decent movie, on the low side of watchable. I prefer my suspense movies not to be predictable from the outset, which this was! We saw it for two reasons--Branagh and John Grisham. My final opinion was that Grisham wanted to try his hand at writing a screenplay, and he had the clout to get it produced. I hope his next screenplay will benefit from his first errors, as his subsequent novels have gotten better as his experience as an author grows.

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