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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

Writers:

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Be careful what you wish for. 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen King: the author appears as Dr. Bangor, a pharmacist. Bangor, Maine, is where King lives. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, Billy's right hand is still bandaged and bleeding before a knife is stuck into the wound to open it again, yet later on his hand is not only without any dressing, but with no visible scar at what is apparently only a few days later. See more »

Quotes

Billy Halleck: [Knocking on the front door, Leda opens the door] Leda, is uh, is Cary in?
Leda Rossington: He's in Minnesota visiting relatives.
[She starts to close the door, he stops her]
Billy Halleck: What's wrong with him? Has he lost weight?
Leda Rossington: What are you talking about?
Billy Halleck: I've lost a hundred pounds. That's built with a, uh, a one and two zeros.
Leda Rossington: It was the gypsies, wasn't it?
Billy Halleck: What do you mean: gypsies?
Leda Rossington: Did he touch? Did the old man touch you?
Billy Halleck: What does that have to do with it?
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An Adequate Adaptation...
11 September 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

...for a King work: they've always had a mixed track record. Generally this one is a tribute to the F/X wizardry as Robert John Burke goes through multiple transformations. That in itself is pretty horrifying. Most of the King subtleties have been sucked out of it, but what's new? It's basically a decent supernatural thriller. There is a slow, relentless horror to the whole thing, which doesn't rely on huge "jump out of the closet" shocks (although there are a few of those). Basically a horror movie for adults.


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