Gingerbread Man, The (1998)

Original Title : The Gingerbread Man
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : John Grisham
Clyde Hayes
Genre : Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Todd R. Baker , Mark Burg , David Levy , Jeremy Tannenbaum , Glen Tobias
Music : Mark Isham
Photography : Changwei Gu
Distributor : Polygram Filmed Entertainment
MPAA Rating : Rated R for some sexuality, violence and language.
IMDB ID : 0119196
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poster for "Gingerbread Man, The" by Robert Altman (1998)
Gingerbread Man, The (1998) - Robert Altman


Kenneth Branagh Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz Mallory Doss
Robert Downey Jr. Clyde Pell
Daryl Hannah Lois Harlan
Tom Berenger Pete Randle
Famke Janssen Leeanne Magruder
Mae Whitman Libby Magruder
Jesse James Jeff Magruder
Robert Duvall Dixon Doss
Clyde Hayes Carl Alden
Troy Beyer Konnie Dugan
Julia Ryder Perce Cassandra (as Julia R. Perce
Danny Darst Sheriff Hope
Sonny Seiler Phillip Dunson
Walter Hartridge Edmund Hess
Vernon E. Jordan Jr. Larry Benjamin
Lori Beth Edgeman Betty the Babysitter
Rosemary Newcott Dr. Bernice Sampson
Wilbur Fitzgerald Judge Russo (as Wilbur T. Fitzgerald
David Hirsberg Tom Cherry
Paul Carden Judge Cooper
Michelle Benjamin Cooper Principal
Christine Seabrook Secretary
Bob Minor Mr. Pitney
Myrna White Tax Clerk
Jim Grimshaw Desk Cop
Stuart Greer Detective Hal
Nita Hardy Policewoman
Ferguson Reid Detective Black
Benjamin T. Gay Court Clerk
Mark Bednarz Effingham County Sheriff
Bill Cunningham Effingham County Sheriff
Chip Tootle Effingham County Sheriff
Sonny Shroyer Chatham County Sheriff
Mike Pniewski Chatham County Sheriff
Jay S. Pearson Chatham County Sheriff
L.H. Smith Storm Evacuee
Wren Arthur Barfly Robin
Angela Costrini Barfly Wren
Gregory Alpert Barfly Clark (as Gregory H. Alpert
Lydia Marlene Bartender Sarah
Bill Crabb Huey
Jin Hi Soucy Huey's Patron
Richie Dye Huey's Patron
Chad Darnell Huey's Patron
Nathalie Hendrix Television Anchorperson (as Natalie Hendrix
Gregg Jarrett Television Anchorperson
Doug Weathers Television Anchorperson
Jeremy Cooper Television Weathercaster
Beth Eckard Television Weathercaster
Brad Huffines Television Weathercaster
Patrick Prokop Television Weathercaster
Mike Manhatton Television Field Reporter
David Jordan Television Field Reporter
George Lyndel Brannen Television Field Reporter
Gregory F. Pallone Television Field Reporter
Alice Stewart Television Field Reporter
Vanessa Young Television Field Reporter
Alyson Beasley Puppeteer (as Alyson E. Beasley
Angela Beasley Puppeteer
Scott Troughton Dredge Worker
Grace Tootle Gas Station Attendant
Shane James Ricky Butch Banks
Herb Kelsey Doss Gang Member
William Thorp Doss Gang Member (as William L. Thorp IV


Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger.


Waterlogged, 6 February 2004 Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY ******SPOILERS****** Film Noir type movie set in Savannah Georgia that tries hard to stay afloat but it's waterlogged plot sinks it in the last fifteen minutes. "The Gingerbread Man" is not at all a boring or bad movie it really holds your attention and you want it to deliver the goods via a surprise and film noir like ending. But like "Hurricane Geraldo" that lashes the Georgian coast during the entire film it just sinks under it's wind swept waves. "Gingerbread Man" has all the right ingredients for a film noir classic and is directed by legendary director Robert Altman but the story gets so muddled and confused that by the end instead of packing a wallop it just fizzles out like a balloon with a hole in it. The chance meeting and later relationship between Rick Magruder, Kenneth Branagh, and Mallory Doss, Embeth Davidtz, at the start of the film is so unconvincing and contrived, you can see Mallory constantly staring and trying to get close to Rick at the party before they meet outside in the rain, that you can sense right away that Rick is being set up to be used for some unknown purpose. Mollary's crazy and religious father Dixon Doss, Robert Duvall, who is being manipulated to be the villain in the film also doesn't seem at all that convincing of a being a heavy and if anything seems to be more normal then most of the people in the movie like he so perfectly made clear to the court at his sanity hearing. And it doesn't surprise anyone that he like Rick is being set up for some reason known only by the villain or villains in the film. Kenneth Branagh is very good as the person who's being used to unwittingly do the dirty work to clear the way for a 10-15 million dollar grab of fifteen acres of valuable black walnut trees and so is Robert Duvall as the person who they belong to and are the main reason for the crimes being committed in the film. Besides the top stars in the movie there are also very good performances by Tom Berenger, Pete Randel, as Mallory's ex-husband and Famke Janssen, Leeanne, as Rick's ex-wife as well as Daryl Hannah, Louis Harlan, as Rick's law partner and Robert Downey Jr.,Clyde Pell, as the detective that works for Rick's law office. But the illogical and contrived ending in the movie as well as some of the sub-plots that lead to it wastes their efforts and spoils what could have been a very good crime/mystery film.
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