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The Gingerbread Man (1998)

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Release Date
• USA: Jan 23, 1998
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jan 5, 2004

Budget $25,000,000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 54 minutes

Country USA

Studio Enchanter Entertainment, Island Pictures, Polygram

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• The Gingerbread Man
• Gingerbread Man (1998)

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Genre: Thriller, Law, Courtroom, Deception, Suspense, Buddies, Love, Murder, Femme Fatale, Scams And Cons, Mental Illness, Cult Classic

Plot: Robert Altman throws his chips into the film noir ring with this stylish, moody thriller that features a spot-on performance by Kenneth Branagh as Rick Magruder, a successful Savannah, Georgia lawyer. After a party celebrating a major victory, he offers Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz), a shy waitress whose car has been stolen, a lift home. Their relationship develops quickly and it isn’t long before he sleeps with her. Soon after, however, Rick learns that Mallory's cat has been killed, which she attributes to her religious fanatic father, Dixon Doss (Robert Duvall). As Rick attempts to track Dixon down and protect Mallory from him, a new chain of events is unleashed which threatens to ruin his career and endanger the lives of his two children. Meanwhile, a hurricane looms in the distance, adding even greater tension to Rick’s quickly deteriorating situation. As is typical with all of Altman’s films, a high-profile cast converges to deliver solid individual performances. Standouts include--in addition to Branagh’s hedonistic lawyer--Duvall, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, and Davidtz. The first John Grisham-inspired film that wasn’t adapted from one of the author's novels, THE GINGERBREAD MAN is more film noir than courtroom drama and is rendered suspensefully by

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 Directed by
Robert Altman
Gosford Park, The Player, MASH
 Written by
John Grisham
A Time to Kill, The Firm, Runaway Jury
Robert Altman
Maverick, Maverick, Maverick
Kenneth Branagh
Wild Wild West, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet
Embeth Davidtz
Schindler's List, Bridget Jones's Diary, Army of Darkness
Robert Downey Jr.
Natural Born Killers, Wonder Boys, Gothika
Daryl Hannah
Blade Runner, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Tom Berenger
Platoon, Training Day, Major League
Famke Janssen
X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand
Mae Whitman
Independence Day, One Fine Day, Hope Floats
 Music By
Mark Isham
Crash, Blade, Waterworld

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