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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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"...sometimes what you do chooses YOU." See more (110 total) »


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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
Gregory Cohen .... second assistant camera (as Greg Cohen)
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)
Agata Maszkiewicz .... costumer
Leigh Okles .... wardrobe assistant (as Leigh Okies)
Carrie Proffer .... set costumer
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
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Vann Siegert:A spider crawled in my ear once, but then he crawled out because nobody was home.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Home Bound (2014)See more »
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45 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
"...sometimes what you do chooses YOU.", 22 April 2001
Author: hippiedj from Palm Desert, California

"I've never done anything violent to anybody, just the minimum that was necessary. No fear, no pain, they just go to sleep. But after it's done there's no going back, no second chance, if I made a mistake I'll pay for it."

The Minus Man is a very special film. It doesn't rely on sleuthing and big chases to find the truth. It doesn't have big car chases and women being chased through hallways or down dark streets. What it DOES do is show how subtlety can be more deeply disturbing and effective in telling a story about a serial killer that enters a small town and changes the lives of those who are drawn to him.

"You don't always choose WHAT you do, sometimes what you do chooses YOU. That's where discipline comes in." Vann (Owen Wilson) speaks lines such as that one throughout the story, and in many ways they help you understand him (yet not completely) and what may hinder his actions. He's likeable, quiet, and seems to be what people want or perceive him to be: their friend, tenant, and co-worker. Vann just happens to start breaking his personal rules and poisoning people nearby, and things start getting complicated. But we like Vann, we have affections for him, we know what he's doing is wrong but we want him to be alright.

His landlords Doug (Brian Cox, cinema's original Hannibal Lecter) and Jane (Mercedes Ruehl), have their own skeletons in the closet and it seems that everyone ELSE'S problems are what could mess up Vann's quiet killing spree.

Owen Wilson handles his role with such ease, eating his Clark bars and having discussions with imaginary detectives played by Dwight Yoakam and Dennis Haysbert. These scenes show an extension of Vann's psyche, and actually keeps him in check, maintaining his sanity really. Janeane Garofalo is surprisingly affecting and quite serious as the co-worker with a crush on Vann. A major surprise is the wonderful performance of Laurie played by singer Sheryl Crow.

It's nice to see such a beautifully crafted psychological "thriller" where we as the audience are part of the atmosphere around Vann, seeing more than anyone else yet not completely let in on his reasoning. I didn't find this method elusive, rather it was giving us the chance to witness a portion of time in a town, what happened there, and then Vann moves on, leaving us to wonder what his next chapter will be. The great thing is that you will never be bored by this--all the conversations, the thoughts in his head, the killings, we get to absorb them into our minds and figure it all out for ourselves.

The Minus Man is a subtle and brilliant film from Hampton Fancher. A very human story that doesn't need buckets of blood and people chasing everyone around. It leaves many things throughout to help you gather your own clues and interpretations and is guaranteed to have you discussing it long after it's over. I am very happy to have this DVD in my collection, and most stores don't stock a title like this because it's not "top hits" yourself a favor and seek this one out, it makes a nice companion piece to Egoyan's film "Felicia's Journey."

If one thing left an impression on me to this day, it's the headline on a newspaper Vann was reading in a diner: "Boy Trapped Inside Travelling Exhibit"...a rather nice metaphore on Vann's situation I Well, we could talk about it for HOURS..........

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