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The Minus Man (1999)

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... See full summary »

Director:

Hampton Fancher

Writers:

Lew McCreary (novel), Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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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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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When he's around nothing adds up See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Lew McCreary: The author of the novel on which the movie is based has a role as the man in the diner. 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

References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

The Pouch Song
Written and Performed by Bryony Atkinson and Inara George
Courtesy of Shooting Gallery Records and Shooting Gallery Music / Sony / ATV Tunes (ASCAP)
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User Reviews

Fascinating approach to the serial killer subject
7 December 2018 | by allisonbryan-30611See all my reviews

Hampton Fancher's The Minus Man is a methodical, chilling excursion into the mind of a serial killer. Not much different from the better known Henry: Portrait of a serial killer, this movie is not a comfortable motion picture to sit through. The lack of overt violence and gore deepens the sense of unease. Watching Vann's tale unfold, we should be gripped by revulsion; instead, there's a strange fascination. Like Henry this movie takes us into an alien world and strands us there for a little while by way of showing things from the killer's point of view. This movie may not invite emotional participation, but it gives its audience much to ponder.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az idegen 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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