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The Minus Man -- Drifter Vann Siegert rolls into a quaint town where middle-aged couple Doug and Jane take him in as a boarder. Vann's amiable demeanor wins over the townsfolk, but little do they suspect the homicidal intentions hiding behind his all-American looks.


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Writers (WGA):
Lew McCreary (novel)
Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 October 1999 (USA) See more »
Don't see it alone. Unless you like talking to yourself. See more »
A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Owen Wilson ... Vann

Sheryl Crow ... Casper

Dwight Yoakam ... Blair

Dennis Haysbert ... Graves

Alex Warren ... State Trooper

Mercedes Ruehl ... Jane
Chloe Black ... Karen - Age 18

Brian Cox ... Doug

Eric Mabius ... Gene

Larry Miller ... Paul
Lois Gerace ... Lois
Erik Holland ... Coach
Danny 'Big Black' Rey ... Arthur (as Daniel 'Big Black' Rey)

Janeane Garofalo ... Ferrin
Axel Ovregaard ... Joe La Moine

Brent Briscoe ... Chief of Police

John Vargas ... Priest
Lew McCreary ... Man in Diner
Shannon Kies ... Wendy
Madeleine Ignon ... Karen - Age 5

Meg Foster ... Irene
María Díaz ... Anchorwoman (as Maria Diaz)

David Warshofsky ... Pate

Mark Derwin ... Creech

Matt Gerald ... Arresting Officer
Little Jake ... The General
Bogus ... Beach Dog
Nitro the Cat ... Zip Code
Petey ... Barking Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Shannon Frank ... Postal Clerk (uncredited)
Kevin Halloran ... Reporter (uncredited)

Flo Lawrence ... Lady Behind Counter (uncredited)

John Carroll Lynch ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
Hampton Fancher 
Writing credits
Lew McCreary (novel)

Hampton Fancher (screenplay)

Produced by
Keith Abell .... executive producer
Fida Attieh .... producer
David L. Bushell .... producer (as David Bushell)
Steve Carlis .... executive producer
Joseph J. DiMartino .... executive producer (as Joseph J. Dimartino)
Larry Meistrich .... executive producer
Mary Vernieu .... associate producer
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Bobby Bukowski (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Todd C. Ramsay  (as Todd Ramsay)
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Andrew Laws 
Art Direction by
Austin Gorg 
Set Decoration by
Laser Rosenberg 
Costume Design by
Kimberly Adams-Galligan 
Makeup Department
Stacey K. Black .... key hair stylist
Marjolein Hermans .... additional hair stylist (as Majolein Hermans)
Nina Kraft .... additional makeup artist
Cheryl Markowitz .... additional makeup artist (as Cheryl Ann Markowitz)
Ann Pala .... key makeup artist
Tiffany Shelby .... additional makeup artist
Shelly Banks .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Kevin Halloran .... unit production manager
Jamey Pryde .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Paul Clark .... first assistant director
Carolyn Sara Fine .... second second assistant director
Pilar Savone .... second assistant director
Art Department
Mike Conner .... leadman
Michael Coulter .... swing
Jonathan Craven .... property master
Brendon Crigler .... on-set carpenter/scenic
Jeff Damal .... on-set dresser
Sasha Dillon .... painter: Irene's paintings
Anthony Franco .... draper
Nicole Gorg .... art assistant
Leon Hoiles .... set dresser
David Melito .... art department coordinator
Ryan Meyer .... swing
Marilyn Morgan .... assistant property master
Desi O'Brian Wilson .... swing (as Desi Wilson)
Patrick Parkhurst .... construction coordinator
Mari Porcari .... assistant set decorator
Robert Smith .... swing (as Rob Smith)
Suzi Strachan .... swing
Jay Wertzberger .... swing
Fred Yee .... scenic painter
Sound Department
Mike Altieri .... sound utility
Thomas Brandau .... sound mixer (as Tom Brandau)
Kurt M. Bunch .... apprentice sound editor
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Pete Conlin .... adr editor
Patrick Dundas .... foley recordist (as Patrick G. Dundas)
James Eric .... boom operator (as James R. Eric)
Gregg Getherall .... assistant sound editor
Ann Hadsell .... adr engineer
Brian Langman .... foley editor
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound re-recordist
Nadine Finzi Maybruck .... assistant sound editor
Jacob Ribicoff .... dialogue editor
Michael Shore .... dialogue editor
Stuart Stanley .... supervising sound editor
Tony V. Stevens .... consultant: Dolby©
Dominick Tavella .... re-recording engineer (as Dominick Tavella 'The Dominator')
Stephen Van Engen .... apprentice sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr engineer (as Paul Zydell)
Visual Effects by
Larry Arpin .... optical effects
Denney Pierce .... stunt double: Vann (as Denny Pierce)
Camera and Electrical Department
Samantha Bahramian .... electrician (as Samantha N. Baramian)
Francie Bouchee .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
John Buckley .... camera loader
David Burroughs .... gaffer
John Busch .... key grip (as John Hayden Busch)
Helen Chough .... first assistant camera
William Clouter .... grip
James Coffin .... grip
Greg Cohen .... second assistant camera
Chris Deford .... first assistant camera: second unit
Ruben Diaz .... electrician (as Ruben H. Diaz)
Tana Dubbe .... best boy grip (as Tana Jane Dubbe)
Casey Ellison .... electrician
Sam Emerson .... still photographer
Graham Futerfas .... best boy electric
Kirk R. Gardner .... Steadicam operator (as Kirk Gardner)
John Harmon .... grip
Norm Hvam .... videographer (as Norm Vham)
Stuart T. Lillas .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Robertson .... gaffer: second unit
Eric Schmidt .... director of photography: second unit
Manuel G. Tapia .... electrician
Benj Thall .... electrician
R. Derek Keener .... gaffer (uncredited)
Marc Lulkin .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
David Presley .... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Shinn .... electric intern (uncredited)
Robert Stenger .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Stillman .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Carrie Campbell .... casting assistant
Freddy Luis .... casting assistant (as Freddie Luis)
Jeff Olan .... extras casting
Alan Joseph Ortanez .... casting assistant
Tony Rasmussen .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Gregg .... wardrobe assistant (as Rebecca Cummings)
Carrie Holt .... set costumer (as Carrie Proffer)
Agata Maszkiewicz .... costumer
Leigh Okles .... wardrobe assistant (as Leigh Okies)
Editorial Department
Vivian Hengsteler .... negative cutter
Christopher Kenneally .... post-production assistant
Jeffrey Martin .... apprentice picture editor
Nadine Finzi Maybruck .... apprentice picture editor
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Aaron E. Stanford .... assistant picture editor (as Aaron Stanford)
Susan K. Weiler .... second assistant editor (as Susan Weiler)
Elwaldo Baptiste .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Matthew Abbott .... assistant music supervisor (as Matt Abbott)
Marco Beltrami .... musician: piano
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Phil Carson .... executive in charge of music
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
James Flatto .... music editor (as Jim Flatto)
M.B. Gordy .... musician: percussion
Dennis James .... musician: glass music
John Kurlander .... music engineer
Kevin Manthei .... music preparation services
Buck Sanders .... musician: dobro and guitars
Buck Sanders .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
William Berumen .... driver
Al Burton .... transportation captain
Roger A. Byrd Jr. .... driver
Michael Dawes .... driver
Darrell Dubovsky .... driver
Dan Duffy .... driver
David Gerry .... driver (as David T. Gerry)
George Graham .... driver
Jeffrey F. Jones .... driver (as Jeff Jones)
Ken Kaplan .... transportation coordinator
Robert McIntosh .... driver (as Robert Mcintosh)
Karl E. Nelson .... driver
David Roumbus .... driver: picture car
Bruce Rozenberg .... driver
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver
Other crew
Arturo Aguilar .... park ranger
Amy Agzarian .... assistant production auditor (as Amy Fitzer)
Andrew William Agzarian .... production auditor
Serena Baker .... assistant location manager
James D. Barrett .... production assistant
Roger A. Berry .... police officer: LAPD
Michael J. Bertolina .... production assistant (as Mike 'Superfox' Bertolina)
Amanda Burton .... assistant to producers
Jacqueline Butryn .... location scout (as Jackie Butryn)
Rafael Cabrera .... loop group
Alida Camp .... production counsel
Dave Coennen .... production assistant
Jamie Cohen .... product placement
Lisa Diamond .... post-production accountant
Terrell Doolen .... location scout
Linda Duclos .... assistant chef (as Linda Du Clos)
Robby 'Keyman Jr.' Ellison .... craft service
Marjorie Ergas .... assistant production coordinator (as Marjorie A. Ergas)
Jane Evelyn .... office production assistant
Al Garcia .... park ranger
Gary Gero .... animal trainer
Mac Gordon .... location manager (as Mcguire Gordon)
Christopher Hall .... title designer
Scott E. Hart .... animal trainer (as Scott Hart)
Susan Hartmann .... assistant to producers
Ilt Jones .... location scout
David H. Kramer .... loop group
Patrick Lee .... credit facility arranged by
Sue Malfitano .... loop group (as Susan Malfitano)
Mara Morner-Ritt .... counsel: Natexis Banque (as Mara Morner Ritt)
David Mortimer .... unit publicist
Robert Ortiz .... production coordinator (as Rob Ortiz)
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor (as Scott 'Pook' Peterson)
Jose Pineda .... park ranger
Bennett Pozil .... credit facility arranged by
Lorraine Putnam .... animal trainer
Morgan H. Rector .... credit facility arranged by (as Morgan Rector)
Phil Rodowsky .... continuity and spotting
Todd Rodowsky .... continuity and spotting
Dan Schlaack .... office production assistant
Richard M. Sieker .... police officer: LAPD
Amy Smolev .... assistant production auditor (as Amy Fitzer)
Rose Stockton .... loop group
Charles Swanepoel .... chef
Jacqueline Swanepoel .... assistant chef
Dennis E. Tindall .... police officer: LAPD
Wes Ward .... location scout
Billy Greenfield .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Mike Le .... assistant: Owen Wilson (uncredited)
Ellen Albertini Dow .... the production would like to thank
Jed Alpert .... the production would like to thank
Kevin Asch .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Joe Ball .... the production would like to thank
Sarah Black .... the production would like to thank (as Sarah Ryan Black)
Beret Borsos .... the production would like to thank
Eamonn Bowles .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Kathy Carlis .... the production would like to thank
Jamie Chvotkin .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Howard Cohen .... the production would like to thank
Crazy Legs Conti .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Rosemarie Costanza .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Lynn Crowell .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Damon D'Amore .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Andrew Dainoff .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Peter T. DaPuzzo .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as Pete Dapuzzo)
Mary Ellen De Angelis .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Myriam Diaz .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Michael Donnelly .... the production would like to thank
Kristan Flynn .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
C.J. Follini .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as CJ Follini)
Elizabeth Gardner .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Brian Gilpin .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Andy Given .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Natasha Graf .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Michael Greene .... the production would like to thank
Thomas Harney .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Robert Harvey .... the production would like to thank (as Bob Harvey)
Liz Victor Holub .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Alexander Ignon .... the production would like to thank
Edward A. Ioffreda .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as Eddie Ioffreda)
David Kanter .... the production would like to thank
Elizabeth Kaplan .... the production would like to thank
Noah Kaplan .... the production would like to thank
Norman Karlin .... the production would like to thank (as Norm Karlin)
Lori Killam .... the production would like to thank
Carol Knorr .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Robert Kravis .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as Rob Kravis)
Rob Kristel .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Flo Lawrence .... the production would like to thank
Eric Lederer .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Paul Leonardo Jr. .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Owen Levin .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Mark Lewis .... the production would like to thank
Arnold Leyva .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Ilana Lipson .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Rick Marchitto .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Joanne Mariner .... special thanks
Nicole Marino .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Jonathan S. Marshall .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as Jonathan Marshall)
Primavera Marte .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Victor Maymudes .... the production would like to thank
Lynn Mccloskey .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Payson Meistrich .... the production would like to thank (as Payson)
Quinn Meistrich .... the production would like to thank
Shireen Meistrich .... the production would like to thank (as Shireen)
Jim Miller .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Karl-Heinz Muller .... the production would like to thank
Howard Neustadt .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Doug Nicholson .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Bill Nisselson .... the production would like to thank
David Novack .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Tommy O'Donnell .... the production would like to thank
Jim Powers .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Jack Pursell .... the production would like to thank
Monique Quigley .... the production would like to thank (as Monique Quigley & Baby)
Aylee Rhodes .... the production would like to thank
Gaia Rhodes .... the production would like to thank
Noel Rhodes .... the production would like to thank
Hector Robles .... the production would like to thank
Brandon Rosser .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Mike Rummel .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Christopher I. Russell .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Jenny Rebecca Sarpolis .... the production would like to thank
Racquel Skolnik .... special thanks
E. James Smith .... the production would like to thank
Holly Sorensen .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Paul Speaker .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Mitchel Stanley .... the production would like to thank (as Mitch Stanley)
Todd Steiner .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Mary Sunshine .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Kim Surowicz .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Thoma Thurau .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Dennis E. Tindall .... the production would like to thank (as Dennis Tindale)
D. Garen Tolkin .... the production would like to thank (as Garren)
Stephen Tolkin .... the production would like to thank
Chris Tull .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Jennifer Vassos .... the production would like to thank
Mark Vicente .... the production would like to thank
Barbara Wallace .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery
Tom Weissler .... acknowledgment: Team Shooting Gallery (as Tommy Weissler)
Ronnie Yeskel .... the production would like to thank
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language and a scene of drug use
111 min
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When the TV newscaster is reporting on the murder of Laurie Bloom, the town's name of Owensville is shown on the screen. Owen Wilson is the star of the film.See more »
Continuity: Vann is talking to Doug while Doug is putting his pants on. Doug is sitting with his pants just past his underwear, when the camera moves to Vann. When we come back to Doug, you cannot see his pants at all, just his underwear.See more »
Vann Siegert:I feel like a light in the dark, they come to me like moths, because I shine.See more »
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35 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
If Norman Bates Had A Brother..., 19 February 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

An unassuming, charismatic personality and a bottle of poison prove to be a lethal combination in `The Minus Man,' directed by Hampton Fancher and starring Owen Wilson. When a personable young man drifts in from the Pacific Northwest and settles in a small coastal town, a number of people's lives are soon changed forever, and not for the better. Vann Siegert (Wilson) is a likable fellow with a winning smile and always a credible story regarding who he is, where he's been and where he's going; he's also a psychotic killer who chooses his victims seemingly at random, yet is so ingratiating that he never falls under suspicion. And such is the case when he rents a room from an unsuspecting couple, Jane and Doug Durwin (Mercedes Ruehl and Brian Cox). Without realizing, of course, that he's enabling a murderer, Doug helps Vann find gainful employment, allowing him to establish himself within the community, and the rest-- as they say-- is history. In one of the more telling scenes in the film, Vann reflects to himself, `If it weren't for me, these people would all be doing something else today...' What they are doing, in fact, is searching for one of their own who has gone missing, courtesy of Vann. What is so distressing about this movie is the lack of menace outwardly presented by someone so intrinsically evil; like Norman Bates in `Psycho,' Vann is simply too unprepossessing and benign to be considered a threat to anyone. The contrast between his countenance and his crimes is chilling; and the fact that he perpetrates his deeds in such a matter-of-fact, unemotional manner gives new meaning to the phrase `cold blooded killer.' One of the interesting aspects of the film is that Vann acts as narrator as well, which effectively puts the audience inside the mind behind the madness, even more so than in `Silence of the Lambs,' because in this case, the viewer is privy to the actual thought process that precipitates the crimes. And it becomes a bit unnerving after some reflection upon what is actually transpiring under the guise of `normalcy.' Owen Wilson is well cast and gives a stunningly credible performance as Vann; he conveys such a low-keyed, eye-in-the-center-of-the-storm manner that he is instantly recognizable as the boy next door you'd be more than happy for your daughter to date. And after watching him in action it becomes truly disconcerting to consider that in the real world there are those who look and act like Vann and are capable of such heinous acts of violence and deceit. As the couple who takes Vann in-- and are subsequently taken in by him-- Ruehl and Cox capture the essence of the `everyman/woman' that can be found in any neighborhood in any town, and the fact that they are people with whom it is so easy to identify makes it even more upsetting when you realize that the vulnerability to which we are all prone can be exploited with such facility. In a supporting role, Janeane Garofalo is a welcome presence as Ferrin, a co-worker of Vann's who is drawn in by his winsome facade; and rounding out the supporting cast are Sheryl Crowe (Caspar/Laurie), Dwight Yoakam (Blair), Dennis Haysbert (Graves) and Alex Warren (State Trooper). Ultimately, `The Minus Man' is a cautionary tale that may spark a touch of paranoia in the viewer, and with good reason; and after spending some time with Vann, it just may alter your perception of some of your more casual acquaintances and even some old friends, especially those who seem so `ordinary.' It's a film that kind of sneaks up on you and takes you by surprise; and it may leave you pondering the darker side of human nature. I rate this one 7/10.

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