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The Minus Man (1999)

A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced... See full summary »



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A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced with the killing of an asthmatic junkie. The killer settles into a seaside rooming house run by an unhappy married couple and waits for his next victims to unveil themselves. Dream cops plague his nights, while plotting his murders. Meanwhile, he also starts a relationship with a postal clerk. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az idegen  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$40,292 (USA) (10 September 1999)


$368,808 (USA) (22 October 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lew McCreary: The author of the novel on which the movie is based has a role as the man in the diner. See more »


Ferrin purchases a pint of Jack Daniels and has it when she and Vann ride off to the beach. Later she tosses it to him and it became a fifth of Jack Daniels. See more »


[first lines]
Vann Siegert: [Vann walks into a bar, seeing only a lady and a bartender] Do you have any pie?
Bartender: Nope.
Vann Siegert: Hmm.
Bartender: No pie. No pizza. No kitchen. Just booze.
Laurie Bloom: You got pickles.
[the three of them look at the pickle jar that's full of yellow juice and yellow pickles]
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Referenced in Home Bound (2014) See more »


Written and Performed by Alec Milstein and Ron Cohen
Courtesy of Jim Long Music (ASCAP) / First Digital Music (BMI) /
Zomba Music Services
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He is Polite, Good Looking, Does not Drink…. But He Is a Poisoner
17 December 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The drifter Vann Siegert (Owen Wilson) is a polite and good looking man that does not drink, who drives his truck without specific destiny. When he sees people that he thinks deserve to die, he simply poisons them and hides their bodies. He has also daydream with two federal agents. When he settles in a small town, he is lodged by a couple with problems, gets a job in the post office and starts a relationship with his colleague Ferrin (Janeane Garofalo). After Christmas and many deaths, he leaves town.

"The Minus Man" is an original movie about serial killer. Owen Wilson plays a deranged cold-blooded serial killer that scares because he is sweet and loved by people around him, therefore totally different from the usual cliché of criminal. The singer Sheryl Crow has a minor, but effective participation in the role of an addicted junkie and his first victim in the story. The free merchandise of the manufacturer of sneakers is shameful and the "minus" of this good movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Um a Menos" ("Less One")

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