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The Minus Man (1999)

Aimless Vann Siegert takes a bizarre turn in life and becomes a serial killer, tracking down the miserable, the self-destructive and those who otherwise seem willing to die.

Director:

Hampton Fancher

Writers:

Lew McCreary (novel), Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Vann
Sheryl Crow ... Casper
Dwight Yoakam ... Blair
Dennis Haysbert ... Graves
Alex Warren ... State Trooper
Mercedes Ruehl ... Jane
Chloe Black Chloe Black ... Karen - Age 18
Brian Cox ... Doug
Eric Mabius ... Gene
Larry Miller ... Paul
Lois Gerace Lois Gerace ... Lois
Erik Holland Erik Holland ... Coach
Danny 'Big Black' Rey Danny 'Big Black' Rey ... Arthur (as Daniel 'Big Black' Rey)
Janeane Garofalo ... Ferrin
Axel Ovregaard Axel Ovregaard ... Joe La Moine
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Storyline

A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced with the killing of an asthmatic junkie. The killer settles into a seaside rooming house run by an unhappy married couple and waits for his next victims to unveil themselves. Dream cops plague his nights, while plotting his murders. Meanwhile, he also starts a relationship with a postal clerk. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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Trivia

At 01:20:27, the Durwins are watching the news on their television set when the news anchor states: "A forty-nine-year-old unidentified man went berserk last night in a crowded downtown restaurant.". That exact statement is featured at the beginning of the song "What Time Is It?" on the Spin Doctors debut album "Pocket Full Of Kryptonite" (1991). See more »

Goofs

Vann is talking to Doug while Doug is putting his pants on. Doug is sitting with his pants just past his underwear, when the camera moves to Vann. When we come back to Doug, you cannot see his pants at all, just his underwear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vann Siegert: [Vann walks into a bar, seeing a lady and a bartender] Do you have any pie?
Bartender: Nope.
Vann Siegert: Hmm.
Bartender: No pie. No pizza. No kitchen. Just booze.
Laurie Bloom: You got pickles.
[the three of them look at the pickle jar that's full of yellow juice and yellow pickles]
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Connections

Features Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Siesta
Written and Performed by Alec Milstein and Ron Cohen
Courtesy of Jim Long Music (ASCAP) / First Digital Music (BMI) /
Zomba Music Services
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A beautifully crafted, complex and touching thriller
11 August 2002 | by luludavisSee all my reviews

Hampton Fancher is a brilliant writer and director. In The Minus Man, he has managed to accomplish several tasks that no one else has be able to do. He is the first director who has cast Janeane Garofalo in a role that reveals her immense sex appeal. Ms. Garofalo's character, Ferrin displays a full range of emotions and despite her obvivous personal demons, she is a beam of light in a rather dark and disturbing film. Owen Wilson is magnificant as the quirky, unassuming vagabond killer machine, Van. Much of the movie is told by Van's narration. We are made to sympathize with his obvivious moral confusion. The scene with Van and Ferrin are touching, sweet and spooky. Mr. Fancher's fantastic film is further enhanced by the presence of Mercedes Reuhl and Brian cox as the landlords who rents Van a room. Ms. reuhl is allowed to be troubled and complex and still maintain her smouldering, mature sexuality while Mr. Cox is still engaging despite his David Lynchian psychotic episodes. This director even manages to makes Van's truck and the sun-drenched, westcoast beachscape a character in the film. A must-see!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Minus Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,292, 12 September 1999

Gross USA:

$370,668

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$370,668
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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