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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)

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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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Don't see it alone. Unless you like talking to yourself. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$368,808, 24 October 1999
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Ferrin purchases a pint of Jack Daniels and has it when she and Vann ride off to the beach. Later she tosses it to him and it became a fifth of Jack Daniels. 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

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Soundtracks

Mis Amigos
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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study of the pathology of isolation
13 May 2001 | by stephen3See all my reviews

"A person's brain is like a pet- sometimes it gets loose, sometimes it gets lost, sometimes it sort of behaves itself and stays in the yard."

This film isn't a mystery in the sense of a whodunnit, it's more of an examination of the mystery and strangeness of people, and the minutely strange things we do. Hampton Francher tows a taut line of existential inquest. This film defies categorization and really does get the gears turning by creating a complete world with an unrelentingly quiet unease. This film is what I'd call a mirror film, it's uninflected and amoral, so the ultimate interpretation is left to us.


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