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Thinner (1996)

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An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

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Tom Holland

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Stephen King (novel), Michael McDowell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert John Burke ... Billy Halleck
Lucinda Jenney ... Heidi Halleck
Bethany Joy Lenz ... Linda Halleck (as Joy Lenz)
Time Winters ... Prosecutor
Howard Erskine Howard Erskine ... Judge Phillips
Joe Mantegna ... Richie Ginelli
Terrence Garmey Terrence Garmey ... Bailiff
Randy Jurgensen ... Court Clerk
Jeff Ware Jeff Ware ... Max Duggenfield
Antonette Schwartzberg Antonette Schwartzberg ... Mama Ginelli
Terence Kava ... Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
Kari Wuhrer ... Gina Lempke
Adriana Delphine Adriana Delphine ... Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Billy's Secretary
Walter Bobbie ... Kirk Penschley
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Storyline

A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner. Written by <Cane@Cris.COM>

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Let The Curse Fit The Crime. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Thinner See more »

Filming Locations:

Appleton, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,679,046, 27 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,171,475, 9 February 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert John Burke lost 20 pounds to play the role. See more »

Goofs

After Gina shoots Billy in the hand, he holds it up. to where you can see through it. Part of the bone should be visible. If the bone is gone, why does his middle finger still work? See more »

Quotes

[At the faire... ]
Tadzu Lempke: Don't you bother to step on this scale, mister. I can tell your weight from right here 1-5-9 right? And next week goin' be 1-4-3. And the week after that? Hoo-oo! We don't wanna to think about it, mister, do we?
[wheezing]
Gina Lempke: Sorry, mister... but you lose.
[walks to the dolls]
Gina Lempke: But let's see...
[moves the fingers near the dolls, and stop at the doll, presenting Billy, whispering]
Gina Lempke: Aah... this...
[looking back at Billy]
Gina Lempke: You can have a prize anyway.
[...]
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Not the worst King adaption, but definitely not the best either
20 October 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

From what I've heard, this is a fairly faithful adaption of the Stephen King story of the same name, but I've never read the book myself. The plot is decent, but somewhat ridiculous... and the pacing is awful. I was bored for most of the other half of this movie, despite it only being about 90 minutes long. The acting varies, but it's mostly bad... Kari Wuhrer displays a particularly obvious lack of talent, and Robert John Burke proves that he doesn't have the charisma or talent to carry a movie. Actually, Joe Mantegna pretty much steals the show, and every scene that doesn't involve him has you bored and wanting to see him again. The humor in the film is actually surprisingly good. There are some pretty good exchanges of dialog, and, as a nice variation from the typical King film-adaption, most of the laughs are intentional(though there are a few parts which still seem lame and make you laugh, as opposed to seeming scary and frighten you). The special effects vary, but for the most part, they are quite good. The films gore and violence may be a little over the top, and is definitely extreme, though there isn't terribly much of it in the film(but when there is, it's very graphic), but it didn't bother me as much as I had expected, from hearing it described by someone who has seen the film. Since I haven't really seen any other films by the director, Tom Holland, I can't say if fans of him will like this film. One thing that the fans of King will surely enjoy is that he himself has a role in this, and a pretty easily recognizable one, at that(not the typical somewhere-in-the-immediate-background cameo that writers/directors typically have). All in all, fairly enjoyable horror, but not something that you'll want to see many times. I recommend it to big fans of Stephen King, huge fans of the various actors, and people who just enjoy watching somewhat uneven films just for the heck of it. 5/10


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