Gingerbread Man (1998)
Besed on an original story by John Grisham.
|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.|
"A spellbinding thriller. New York Post
Editor's NoteRobert 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.
Cast & Crew
|Robert Downey, Jr.|
|Robert Altman - Director|
|Chang Wei Gu - Director of Photography|
|Geraldine Peroni - Editor|
|Glen A. Tobias - Executive Producer|
|Todd R. Baker - Executive Producer|
|Mark Isham - Musical Score|
|Jeremy Tannenbaum - Producer|
|Stephen Altman - Production Designer|
|Robert Altman - Screenplay|
|John Grisham - Story By|
Plot SummaryA lecherous Georgian defense attorney (Kenneth Branagh) falls "hook, line, and sinker" for a fragile woman (Embeth Davidtz) who claims her religious zealot father (Robert Duvall) and his followers are stalking and harassing her. After having her father committed, the lawyer finds himself drawn into a web of family intrigue and deception. Altman's rich and typically atmospheric direction lends weight to novelist John Grisham's story.