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Stephen King's Thinner [DVD]

Robert John Burke , Joe Mantegna , Tom Holland    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer
  • Directors: Tom Holland
  • Producers: Richard Rubinstein, Mitchell Galin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DS0X1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

An obese attorney accidentally runs down and kills an old gypsy woman. After her ancient father puts a curse on him, he starts losi ng weight, and cannot stop. Based on the Stephen King novel, written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

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Based on a book written under a pseudonym by Stephen King, this film tells the cautionary tale of 300-pound lawyer Billy Halleck Robert John Burke, who accidentally runs over an old gypsy woman. He persuades his cronies to exonerate him of any blame, but has a curse placed upon him by the chief of the gypsy tribe. Billy begins to lose weight drastically, and is at first pleased. But when he literally begins to waste away, he calls on a gangster friend Joe Mantegna to put pressure on the gypsy and rescind the curse.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Risky oral pleasure and the white man from town. 24 Aug 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Thinner is directed by Tom Holland who co-adapts the screenplay with Michael McDowell from the novel written by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman). It stars Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Bethany Joy Lenz and Michael Constantine. Music is scored by Daniel Licht and cinematography by Kees Van Oostrum.

When obese lawyer Billy Halleck (Burke) kills a gypsy woman by way of his careless driving, the gypsy community are stunned to see him escape punishment due to his connections. Approaching Halleck, gypsy elder Tadzu Lempke (Constantine) strokes his face and simply utters the word "thinner".........

Stephen King adaptations to the screen are many, a sure fire fact that accompanies this well mined source is that for every good one, there are ten bad ones. Thinner falls some way in between. On one hand it's a deliciously creepy premise (curse on the guilty) that's well acted and has a mean streak constantly running through it (treble doses of revenge). On the other it's a wasted opportunity to explore certain themes (gluttony, crooked law people) whilst proving dishonourable to Gypsies (they end up the baddies here!). The make up effects veer from the awful (Burke in fat suit with latex face), to the better (Burke emaciated). It is, all told, a very mixed bag of a film, a thriller more than a horror, yet always entertaining and holding the attention as we wait to see how it will pan out. With the finale very much worth waiting for.

You will search in vain for someone to actually like here, and you are asked to ignore some very mixed messages. But if taken on its basic low budget thriller turns, Thinner is a decent King adaptation. 6.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST KING ADAPTATION, NOR THE WORST 13 May 2013
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Thinner is based on the story by Stephen King, the king of horror. It is not the best film nor the worst, it was intriguing.

Plot: A 109-year-old gypsy exacts a curse on a man for accidently killing one of their own people, a curse so shocking it forces the victim to gorge himself in an attempt to avoid shrinking away into nothingness.

It is a revenge thriller, a cause and effect happenstance. The power of the film and events escalate all the way up until the shocking resolution. The plot is rather bland to be honest, but the acting is fantastic. I can understand this from the Gypsy's perspective, I can understand why they put a curse on the man. But at the same time, the man you feel sorry for the man as it was not-intentional. In a sense, it is moral justice taken to extremes with devastating consequences! You really wanted to see how it concluded, it had to way one way or another.

Thinner is good in a way, but you were left feeling on the edge really. Sometimes it was too bizarre for you to attach to it, but it was hooking. King played a part in it too, which you laughed at. It's not fulfilling, but at least satisfying. Not the best film, nor the worst. Any one want pie?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't Aged Well 4 Nov 2013
By Pantheon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I bought this film on VHS (remember that?)and replaced with DVD as I had fond memories of the film. As a Stephen King fan I thought this was a pretty decent adaptation. Well, that hasn't changed. It's STILL a pretty good adaptation of the book.
However, where the film suffers is in Robert John Burke's acting. When he's in the fat suit he's all wide-eyed and jolly - because, obviously, that's what all fat people are like. But later, when the weight drops off, that 'jolliness' disappears. Not because he's ill (that comes later). I found it to be most annoying.

Also, Tom Holland's direction feels somewhat dated when compared to many other SK adaptations. There's nothing innovative or inspiring here. If anything, this feels more like a TV movie.

Despite all this, I enjoyed rewatching the movie - but it wouldn't make my Top 10 Stephen King adaptations list. I was impressed with the DVD picture though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable horror yarn 30 Jun 2013
The films made, based on Stephen King's books, have always been a hit and miss affair. In fact, more have tended to miss than hit. However, `Thinner' is a real treat. It's nothing totally new - at least, not by today's standards - but, in some ways, it was a little ahead of its time.

Today (and ever since the US remake of `The Ring') there have been a type of horror movie where something bad/supernatural happens to the protagonist, they don't know what's going on, they research the phenomenon (normally involving the help of a convenient expert), before finally confronting the evilness in the final act. Thinner is basically one of these, only made about 5-10 years before this sort of film became the norm.

It's about a fat man who gets cursed to lose weight. Then lose some more weight. And some more. Basically, if he doesn't stop the curse he'll end up looking like Posh Spice without any make-up on (and no one wants that!).

The film is generally nothing new, but it's major plus points are the special effects used for making out unwitting hero look thinner and thinner. Plus it's not for the faint-hearted. This is definitely an adult's horror film as it gets pretty dark in places.

If you think you can handle a darkly disturbing King film at its best, give this one a go. I haven't read the book, so I can't say how faithful it is to that (only that the ending is apparently different if you believe all the comments on Internet message boards).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Classic film
Published 1 month ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars yes yes yes!
King does it well and this movie is really well done compared to some of the other movies from SK's books and this one seems to stay well within the confines of putting a book into... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gary T Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Reasonable film - stuck closely to the book though the book is better. Comes across as low budget but worth watching.
Published 3 months ago by Lazy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars quality review
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
Published 7 months ago by adam miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Book is excellent...
....the film is not so excellent. Some bad acting spoils what are amazing characters in the book. What a shame. Good to see the King stills makes cameos even in his bad films.
Published 8 months ago by patc
5.0 out of 5 stars You get what you deserve
Again Steven King's imagination comes out with all guns blazing. This is a story of a cover up & how eventually the revenge is given with a taste sweetness.
Published 8 months ago by Michael McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars Typically King
Good film and close to the book. Makeup is very cleverly done.
You don't need to be a King fan to enjoy this film.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. Madeleine Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising gem
Many adaptations of King don't cut the mustard but Tom Holland's is faithful to the book and a joy to watch. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. M. G. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars THINNER
I buy Stephen King for my daughter who loves everything he writes without exception, and never misses buying the DVD's
Published 19 months ago by badger
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King's Thinner
Loved this film, very entertaining would recommend this film to any horror fan's and Stephen king fans.Stephen King's Thinner [DVD]
Published 21 months ago by Sahara 1
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