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The Gingerbread Man [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Daryl Hannah, Robert Duvall
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Writers: Clyde Hayes, John Grisham
  • Producers: David Levy, Glen Tobias, Jeremy Tannenbaum, Mark Burg, Todd R. Baker
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R79F
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After having a one-night stand with waitress Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz), attorney Rick Magruder (Kenneth Branagh) discovers that she is being stalked by her cult leader father, Dixon (Robert Duvall). Magruder has Dixon arrested and put on trial, but, as events take a disastrous turn, the lawyer begins to question whether Mallory has been telling him the whole truth... Based on a novel by courtroom heavyweight John Grisham.

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When released in 1997, The Gingerbread Man was the only John Grisham movie that did not use one of the popular novelist's bestsellers as its inspiration. Rather, it's based on an original screenplay by Grisham that displays the author's familiar flair for Southern characters and settings within a labyrinthine plot propelled by his trademark narrative twists and turns. Sporting a spot-on Georgian accent, Kenneth Branagh plays a Savannah attorney who comes to the assistance of a troubled woman (Embeth Davidtz) and finds himself enmeshed in a scenario involving the woman's father (Robert Duvall) that grows increasingly complex and dangerous, where nothing, of course, is really as it seems. It's a totally absorbing movie made in the modern film noir tradition; what's most interesting here (and most underrated by critics at the time) is the combination of Grisham's mainstream mystery and the offbeat style of maverick director Robert Altman. Despite a battle with executives that nearly caused Altman to disown the film, The Gingerbread Man demonstrates the director's skill in bringing a fresh, characteristically offbeat approach to conventional material, especially in the use of a threatening hurricane to hold the plot in a state of dangerous urgency. Unfortunately overlooked during its theatrical release, this intelligent thriller provides a fine double bill with Francis Coppola's film of Grisham's The Rainmaker. --Jeff Shannon

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Kenneth Branagh's performance makes this worth viewing even if it were not good entertainment (which it is). As a former Southerner and actor I am amazed by not just the accuracy of his "old South" accent but the way he incoporates the character's personality into it - I can close my eyes and hear my nephew, who IS a character! He does this better than any American actor (not from the South) does. Bravo Englishman.
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One could see this as 'Short Cuts' correlative
opposite. That was a movie with great ambitions, that - while good -
fell just short. This is a movie of much lesser aim (just a good tense
thriller/mystery), that's much more successful on it's own terms.

The acting is very good throughout. It may be my favorite Kenneth
Branagh performance; understated and subtle. And a number of the scenes
really are tense. Altman finds some clever ways to create suspense with
sound and image that aren't just retreads of what we've seen before.

Admittedly, some of the twists are pretty creaky and predictable, the
logic sometimes questionable, and the moral POV of the film is a bit
confusing. But this still blows most modern Hollywood thrillers out of the
water.
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The Gingerbread Man is my favourite film of a John Grisham story. The movie has a very good cast and the direction by Robert Altman is suberb. You are entertained by Robert Duvall, Famke Jansen,Tom Berenger, Robert Downey Junior and others for just under 2 hours in a thoroughly enjoyable thriller. The film isn't massively ambitious and the plot not that complex but it works well in an almost 'Cape Fear' style and I found the story satisfying and not too cliched.
If your a Robert Altman fan don't expect a film like Short Cuts, The Player, The Long Goodbye or McCabe and Mrs Miller, this film is played fast and in a more usual Hollywood way, but that suits the Grisham story. The film will never be regarded as a classic but it's well worth a watch for the cast, the director and the Grisham plot.
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Gripping and fascinating film which is very different from Grisham's court-room dramas. We enjoyed it though it could probably be improved upon..
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One might think that a film based on a John Grisham story and with a stellar cast had to worth watching. It wasn't! The story was difficult to follow, lacked credibility, and the acting was certainly lacking, although it was difficult to fault Kenneth Branagh's American accent. I have consigned the disc to the local charity shop.
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I'm sure I was entertained by this film in one way or another but it certainly wont be going in my Top 100.
If you're a fan of Kenneth Branagh or Robert Downey Jr then you should probably buy this.
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Watched this after seeing the cast list - don't be pulled in! Thin, weak plot (what there is of it), disjointed characters I couldn't care less about, cliche filled and unengaging. Kept watching in the hope there would be an ending to redeem it, but no. Awful, awful film.
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Being based on a Grisham thriller, with a legendary director such as Altman, and with a cast boasting Branagh, Davidtz and Downey Jnr, you'd be forgiven for thinking this could be a great film. It isn't.
The first half-hour is interesting, with Altman setting up an intriguing mystery with promising characters, but somewhere along the line Altman loses it. The plot veers into cliche, with limp attempts at suspense and the characters never live up to their promise (the Davidtz/Branagh pairing goes down the drain quickly), and the climax is thoroughly far from thrilling.
As their characters collapse, the usually talented cast are uninspiring. Duvall, Hannah and Janssen are wasted in severely underwritten roles. In the bigger parts, Downey Jr seems on autopilot (its a role he's played before) and Branagh is adequate, though charmless. It is only Davidtz who rises above the lacklustre material.
Altman, meanwhile, creates a dark atmosphere, making good use of a wild storm, but little else. His renowned talent for working with actors is certainly not evident here.
Overall, 'The Gingerbread Man' is a failure. Lifeless performances and direction don't help a poorly plotted script. Among Altman's worst pictures.
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