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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a discarded John Grisham manuscript. 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

Libby: [addressing her father] Would you please stop talking to me as if I were Jeff's age?
Jeff: What's wrong with my age?
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Referenced in Magnolia (1999) See more »

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A well-made, very underrated film
6 February 1999 | by Verbal-17See all my reviews

With this movie, it's all about style, atmosphere, and acting. True, I didn't believe all of the plot developments, but it didn't matter- the terrific acting, the unexpected plot twists, and the wonderful atmosphere sucked me right in, and carried me along for the ride, and I had a great time. Kenneth Branagh is not only a great actor but a master of accents, and he proves it once again with a flawless Georgia accent. He's surrounded by so much talent in supporting roles (Robert Downey, Jr., Embeth Davidtz from Schindler's List and Fallen, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, and Robert Duvall) that I was simply blown away. I recently bought a copy of this movie, and I never tire of watching it. Simply one of the best thrillers of the year. If you've ignored this movie (and chances are you have), then I suggest you check it out.


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