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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

A lawyer uses his power to help his lover put her father behind bars, but when he escapes, they are all in danger.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

John Grisham (story), Clyde Hayes (screenplay) (as Al Hayes)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Branagh ... Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz ... Mallory Doss
Robert Downey Jr. ... Clyde Pell
Daryl Hannah ... Lois Harlan
Robert Duvall ... Dixon Doss
Tom Berenger ... Pete Randle
Famke Janssen ... Leeanne Magruder
Clyde Hayes Clyde Hayes ... Carl Alden
Mae Whitman ... Libby Magruder
Jesse James ... Jeff Magruder
Troy Byer ... Konnie Dugan (as Troy Beyer)
Julia Ryder Perce Julia Ryder Perce ... Cassandra (as Julia R. Perce)
Danny Darst Danny Darst ... Sheriff Hope
Sonny Seiler Sonny Seiler ... Phillip Dunson
Walter Hartridge Walter Hartridge ... Edmund Hess
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Storyline

Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gingerbread Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Guyton, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$118,278, 25 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,534,569, 21 June 1998
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Before Robert Altman and Embeth Davidtz came on to direct and play the female lead in the movie, respectively, John Dahl and Annette Bening were due to take on these roles. See more »

Goofs

At the party early in the movie, Rick and Lois are talking head-to-head on the sofa. Mallory walks behind them and you can hear Lois talking, but we see their heads at opposite ends of the sofa and they aren't talking. The camera immediately cuts back to them sitting close and talking like before. See more »

Quotes

Lois Harlan: The only exercise you are gettin' is jumpin' to conclusions.
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Appalling waste of talent in dim flick
20 April 2003 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

It takes real talent to make a real lemon, and Robert Altman, a most talented director, has succeeded brilliantly here. He made things difficult for himself miscasting Kenneth Branagh as a boozy Savannah lawyer but the attempt to replicate the feel of a town in the grip of a hurricane really finishes things off. The last 20 minutes in the rain is truly appalling, with the audience reduced to guessing about what is going on. The lighting is awful throughout, the more so that it was done on purpose. Maybe we were supposed to experience the confusion of the lead character as he stumbled towards an answer but this does not make for entertainment. In this film noir genre to achieve tension at crucial moments the audience must know just a little more than the protagonist, not a lot less.

The story, though completely derivative, is actually quite tight, well plotted, and has a convincing resolution, but the lack of light and general confusion make it difficult to follow. Anyway, an absolute shocker, gross waste of talent and apparently a box office flop (there's some justice). Altman has since put this turkey behind him with the luminous Gosford Park but I am left wondering why on earth he did it.


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