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 … More

Rating: R (For some sexuality, violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Clyde Hayes, Robert Altman, Al Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2000
Runtime:
PolyGram Video

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as Pete Randle

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as Konnie Dugan

as Cassandra

as Sheriff Hope

as Phillip Dunson

as Edmund Hess

as Dr. Bernice Sampson

as Judge Russo

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as Mr. Pitney

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Critic Reviews for The Gingerbread Man

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (15)

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?

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Although The Gingerbread Man is a finely-tuned example of mainstream entertainment, and holds the audience's interest for most of its running length, it is a little disappointing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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The Gingerbread Man isn't any more profound than other thrillers, but the distinctive talents of director Robert Altman make it a lot more potent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Gingerbread Man

Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

There is so much wrong with "The Gingerbread Man" that it's no wonder Robert Altman was threatening to disown the film upon it's release. After a bitter fight with Universal over, well, the entire outcome of the film, Altman's sensibilities as a director are scarcely recognizable. Still, the film wouldn't have even been that great if Altman had complete control. The story, from John Grisham, is uninteresting and just plain bizarre. The acting is ham fisted and all those cheesy southern accents don't help, either. From the lame title, to the outlandish yet strangely pedestrian narrative, "The Gingerbread Man" is one of Altman's worst films. But then again, can you even call this a Robert Altman film?

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Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

½

Altman concocts what may have been a good thriller, but forgets to add the thrills. This is certainly not his genre. Why show us somebody trying to make a phone call to someone and building it up so much when we know that person hasn't got there phone? Especially when it cuts back to the shot of the phone more than once. The cast are great and really manage to salvage what is quite an interesting script until the final twist.

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Luke Baldock

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