The Gingerbread Man

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Robert Altman directed this John Grisham tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder Kenneth Branagh celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The partygoers include his ex-wife Leeanne Famke Janssen, the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan Daryl Hannah; and caterer Mallory Doss Embeth Davidtz. After Mallory finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her crazed father Dixon Doss ...
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Robert Altman directed this John Grisham tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder Kenneth Branagh celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The partygoers include his ex-wife Leeanne Famke Janssen, the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan Daryl Hannah; and caterer Mallory Doss Embeth Davidtz. After Mallory finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her crazed father Dixon Doss Robert Duvall has been threatening her. Getting too closely involved with this woman he hardly knows, Rick has the police round up her unstable father, and he next subpoenas her ex-husband Pete Tom Berenger to testify against Dixon, who is institutionalized. The crazed Dixon manages to escape from the asylum, intent on revenge against all his betrayers and enemies. As a potent hurricane blows into Savannah, Mallory's car is torched, and Rick receives threats. Believing his children are in danger, Rick removes them from school, prompting a warrant for his arrest. When his children disappear, Rich goes on the counterattack against Dixon. Chinese cinematographer Changwei Gu of Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine and Zhang Yimou's Ju Dou captured the soaked Savannah sites. The script is not an adaptation from a John Grisham novel; Grisham wrote it as an original screenplay just before the success of The Firm 1993, and it was acquired by producer Jeremy Tannenbaum. After Island Pictures came into the project at $1.4 million, Grisham returned for rewrites. Altman did even more drafts, so the pseudonym Al Hayes was created as the scripting credit. When Polygram suggested to Altman that the electronic score could be replaced with a traditional score, Altman had friends call reporters to say he had been dismissed. Polygram began re-editing the $25 million movie, but their edit didn't test much better than Altman's version, so they handed the reins back to Altman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 044008504931
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Polygram Usa Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz Mallory Doss
Robert Downey Jr. Clyde Pell
Daryl Hannah Lois Harlan
Tom Berenger Pete Randle
Famke Janssen Leeanne
Mae Whitman Libby
Jesse James Jeff
Robert Duvall Dixon Doss
Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director, Screenwriter
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Todd Baker Executive Producer
Jack Ballance Art Director
Mark Burg Executive Producer
Gu Changwei Cinematographer
John Grisham Original Story
Al Hayes Screenwriter
Mark Isham Score Composer
Brian Kasch Set Decoration/Design
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
David Levy Associate Producer
Alexandra Perce Asst. Director
Geraldine Peroni Editor
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Glenn Rivers Set Decoration/Design
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Jeremy Tannenbaum Producer
Glen A. Tobias Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Gingerbread Man

    This is another fabulous Grisham story about a Georgia lawyer caught in a web of self-destruction and other peoples' agendas. The viewer is treated to unexpected twists and turns as Grisham plays cat-and-mouse with the lead character and the viewer can only watch in tense agony.

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