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When released in 1998, this was the only John Grisham film not adapted from one of his novels. Instead, it was from an original screenplay from Grisham himself.
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Based on a discarded John Grisham manuscript.
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The screenplay is credited to "Al Hayes". This pseudonym covers for John Grisham who objected to the foul language that Altman added to his original screenplay.
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Robert Altman said that one of the reasons he took on "The Gingerbread Man" was because he had never directed a thriller before and wanted to give the genre a try.
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Before Robert Altman and Embeth Davidtz came on to direct and play the female lead in the film respectively, John Dahl and Annette Bening were due to take on these roles.
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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.
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Janine Turner was considered for the role of Mallory Doss.
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The film cast includes one Oscar winner: Robert Duvall; and three Oscar nominees: Kenneth Branagh, Tom Berenger and Robert Downey Jr..
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