The Gingerbread Man (1997)
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Robert Altman directed this John Grisham tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder (Kenneth Branagh) celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The partygoers include his ex-wife Leeanne (Famke Janssen), the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan (Daryl Hannah); and caterer Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz). After Mallory finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her
Jun 1, 1997 Wide
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Robert Altman the up-and- down director meets John Grisham the constant mediocrity. Just where, in our hypothetical picture, should we place that unlikely scene?
Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots, through screens, bushes and sheets of rain, and Chungwei's images, sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh, stick with you long after you've forgotten their context.
If you like movies more than you do John Grisham, you can leave the story behind and listen to the filmmaking master class that Altman conducts on the screen.
Unless one counts a few running gibes against lawyers that can easily be imagined coming from Grisham, Altman basically chooses to treat this hackneyed story straight.
With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key.
That it seems a step up from sensationalism is because Grisham has a sure sense of time and place, and Altman and his actors invest the material with a kind of lurid sincerity.
An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman
Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie.
The unlikely pairing of John Grisham and Robert Altman proves rewarding for both partners.
Altman has done something much better: he took what could have been a generic movie, and by investing artistry and effort, he made it into something more.
It's a pity the director couldn't manage to make sense of the plot, which is like a puzzle with too many missing pieces.
There oughtta be a law against any more of John Grisham's tales of lust, deceit and murder involving lawyers.
It's Branagh that holds this film together, and he does well, and it's a taut thriller, but one that lacks the panache of an Altman film.
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