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The Minus Man

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Overview

Notable as the directorial debut of Blade Runner co-scripter Hampton Fancher, this darkly comic thriller stars affable Owen Wilson as Vann Siegert, a different brand of serial killer: one who actually believes he's doing his deeply depressed victims a service of mercy. Wandering up the West Coast, Vann chooses victims from a parade of colorful social misfits -- including a haggard junkie singer Sheryl Crow whose pain he ends with a nip from his flask of poison amaretto -- and expounds on his motives with a pocket...
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Overview

Notable as the directorial debut of Blade Runner co-scripter Hampton Fancher, this darkly comic thriller stars affable Owen Wilson as Vann Siegert, a different brand of serial killer: one who actually believes he's doing his deeply depressed victims a service of mercy. Wandering up the West Coast, Vann chooses victims from a parade of colorful social misfits -- including a haggard junkie singer Sheryl Crow whose pain he ends with a nip from his flask of poison amaretto -- and expounds on his motives with a pocket tape recorder a drawling monologue that serves as the film's narrative voice-over. A brief layover in Owensville eventually finds Vann in the company of quarreling middle-aged couple Doug and Jane Brian Cox and Mercedes Ruehl, who grow fond of the young drifter's amiable demeanor and take him on as a boarder. After landing a job at the local post office, Vann catches the eye of co-worker Ferrin Janeane Garofalo, and a tentative romance blossoms -- but even love can't distract Vann from his crusade to terminate people's unhappiness: "They come to me like moths, because I shine," he explains. Though not the complex psychological game it purports to be, The Minus Man is an intriguing character study -- imagine a kindler, gentler version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer -- with some clever twists and fine performances, including a touching portrayal from the usually acerbic Garofalo. Geared more to the art-movie crowd than to fans of Hitchcockian thrills, this film opened to raves at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Serial killer biographies; Theatrical trailers; ; Closed Caption
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • UPC: 012236228707
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,267

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Owen Wilson Vann Seigert
Brian Cox Doug
Mercedes Ruehl Jane
Janeane Garofalo Ferrin
Dwight Yoakam Blair
Dennis Haysbert Graves
Sheryl Crow Caspar
Eric Mabius Gene
Larry Miller Paul
Lois Gerace Lois
Alex Warren State Trooper
Walter C. Bassett Utility Cable
John Vargas
Technical Credits
Hampton Fancher Director, Screenwriter
Keith Abell Executive Producer
Kimberly Adams-Galligan Costumes/Costume Designer
Fida Attieh Producer
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Thomas Brandau Sound/Sound Designer
Bobby Bukowski Cinematographer
David L. Bushell Producer
Stephen Carlis Executive Producer
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Christopher Covert Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph DiMartino Executive Producer
Austin Gorg Art Director
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Larry Meistrich Executive Producer
Todd Ramsay Editor
Mary Vernieu Associate Producer, Casting
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Minus Man
1. The Minus Man [3:42]
2. A Friendly Drink [4:07]
3. "Casper? Like the Ghost?" [1:24]
4. Quick and Painless [4:26]
5. Loitering on the Beach [2:43]
6. A Room for Rent [2:16]
7. Meeting Doug [1:17]
8. Getting Friendly with the Tenant [2:02]
9. The Star Player [3:47]
10. A Special Blend [2:49]
11. A Ride Home [3:21]
12. Hallucination [3:05]
13. Working at the Post Office [3:04]
14. The Search for Gene [3:19]
15. The Newest Mail Carrier [2:49]
16. Getting to Know Each Other [3:54]
17. The Dream Police [3:16]
18. The New Daughter [3:27]
19. Going for a Ride [2:27]
20. A Day at the Beach [3:06]
21. Christmas Escape [2:36]
22. Interrogation [2:21]
23. The Home of the Artist [3:38]
24. A Christmas Gift [2:39]
25. Switching Drinks [4:20]
26. Crossroad Puzzles [2:43]
27. Get Well Soon Wishes [2:46]
28. Gene's Body is Found [3:02]
29. A Visit from the Police [3:27]
30. A Couple of Questions [5:19]
31. A Home-Cooked Meal [4:39]
32. Staying Focused [3:21]
33. Arrested [3:23]
34. Pulling Up Roots [2:35]
35. End Credits [4:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Minus Man
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Play Theatrical Trailer
      Play Home Video Trailer
      Infamous Serial Killers
         Jack The Ripper
         Richard Ramirez
         Richard Speck
         Jeffrey Dahmer
         David Berkowitz
         Ted Bundy
         Eddie Gein
         Albert Desalvo
         Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono
         John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
         Charles Manson
         Wayne Williams
      Cast & Crew
         Owen Wilson
         Janeane Garofalo
         Brian Cox
         Mercedes Ruehl
      Production Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    offbeat, underrated film

    I rented this movie years ago, before Owen Wilson became a household name via his action / comedy films, and I still remember it vividly. It is definitely a strange movie, concerning the life of a polite serial killer that moves into a small town & develops some relationships there with some (once again) strange characters, most of whom he ends up killing off. There is a darkly comic undercurrent that runs throughout this film that makes it very unique, & I found this movie to be very likeable. I would recommend it to anyone who appreciates dark humor, & most especially to Owen Wilson fans interested in seeing him in something a bit different. This role really fits his style to a T.

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