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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lois Gerace ...
Erik Holland ...
Danny 'Big Black' Rey ...
Arthur (as Daniel 'Big Black' Rey)
Axel Ovregaard ...
Joe La Moine


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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Don't bring a dumb date. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original teaser trailer featured Eddie Ifft and Marin Hinkle as a couple discussing the movie after a date, and did not feature any footage whatsoever from the movie. See more »


The license plates on Ferrin's Volkswagen change from one shot (2VIT788) to the next (5C49127). 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 »


The Pouch Song
Written and Performed by Bryony Atkinson and Inara George
Courtesy of Shooting Gallery Records and Shooting Gallery Music / Sony / ATV Tunes (ASCAP)
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Brilliant suspense....
12 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Recently re-viewed this film again, and was struck by the direction, overall intriguing performances and suspense throughout.

Owen Wilson gives a surprisingly real performance as complex and tortured character,Van, an aimless man with serious issues. As the story develops we see his splitting-off persona, and fictive characters (well-portrayed as police detectives,i.e.; His alter-egos).His pathology is never fully explained, even as he tries to psychoanalyze himself with voice over narrative.

A brilliant film written by Hampton Fancher.First decent suspense film I have seen since Hitchcock.Highly recommended. 10/10.

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