Gingerbread Man

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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.


Studio Universal
SKU 40170519
UPC 025192244124
UPC 14 00025192244124
Format DVD
Release Date 4/2/2013
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Plot Summary
Summary A 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.
Rolling Stone "...Hypnotic....A Grisham thriller has rarely been this sexy or this much fun..." 02/19/1998 p.64
USA Today "...A neo-noir thriller that unwinds with off-kilter promise..." 01/23/1998 p.7D
New York Times "...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..." 01/23/1998 p.E1
Box Office "...[Altman] does fine work, both with his camera and with his troupe..." 02/01/1998 p.52
Premiere "...[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..." 02/01/1998 p.23
Los Angeles Times "...THE GINGERBREAD MAN is beautifully photographed....Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots..." 01/23/1998 p.C2
Chicago Sun-Times "...Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity..." 02/20/1998 p.35
Robert Altman
Kenneth Branagh
Embeth Davidtz
Cast & Crew
Daryl Hannah - Actor
Embeth Davidtz - Actor
Famke Janssen - Actor
Kenneth Branagh - Actor
Mae Whitman - Actor
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Robert Duvall - Actor
Tom Berenger - Actor
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
Catalog ID 22441
UPC 00025192244124
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource New York Times
Review ...Altman's best genre piece since The Long Goodbye. And like that film, it turns its setting into a significant character in a tempestuous detective story... Altman embellishes the film with all sorts of striking details, from glimpses of Savannah's wildly different economic strata to the sight of Spanish moss on a chain-link fence to the underscored dissipation of [Robert] Downey's [laid-back P.I.] character.
Reviewer Janet Maslin
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Branagh,Kenneth
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Siskel & Ebert Two thumbs up!
New York Post A spellbinding thriller.

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