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Director: Robert Altman     Starring: Kenneth Branagh Embeth Davidtz
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40170519
UPC: 025192244124
UPC 14: 00025192244124
Rating: Game Rating Code
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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.

"Two thumbs up!  Siskel & Ebert
"A spellbinding thriller.  New York Post

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/2/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1998
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22441
Video UPC UPC: 00025192244124
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1/4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Daryl Hannah
Video Cast Info Embeth Davidtz
Video Cast Info Famke Janssen
Video Cast Info Kenneth Branagh
Video Cast Info Mae Whitman
Video Cast Info Robert Downey, Jr.
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Tom Berenger
Video Cast Info Robert Altman - Director
Video Cast Info Chang Wei Gu - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Geraldine Peroni - Editor
Video Cast Info Glen A. Tobias - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Todd R. Baker - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Isham - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jeremy Tannenbaum - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Altman - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Robert Altman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info John Grisham - Story By
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

New York Times 8 of 10
...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. - Janet Maslin

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Product attributeActor:   Branagh,Kenneth
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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