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The Gingerbread Man

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  • 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 maverick director Altman.
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    • Rating - For some sexuality, violence, and language
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22441

  • Credits
    Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hypnotic....A Grisham thriller has rarely been this sexy or this much fun..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A neo-noir thriller that unwinds with off-kilter promise..."
    USA Today

    "...Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key with THE GINGERBREAD MAN....[The film illustrates] the delicacy of Mr. Altman's brooding, richly atmospheric style..."
    New York Times

    "...[Altman] does fine work, both with his camera and with his troupe..."
    Box Office

    "...[Altman] proves that age hasn't mellowed his temperament or his talent....[The filmmakers] create a dark, eerie canvas for this tale of spiraling chaos..."
    Premiere

    "...THE GINGERBREAD MAN is beautifully photographed....Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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