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The Minus Man (1999)



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The directorial debut of Hampton Fancher, the screenwriter of Ridley Scott's science fiction cult classic Blade Runner, The Minus Man is a slow paced drama about an introverted man called Vann Siegart Owen Wilson, who gets involved in an act of euthanasia when he comes across an asthmatic junkie. Helping her die triggers a chain of encounters with troubled people who all seem to think Vann can help them. In a seaside town in the Pacific Northwest, he rents a place in the home of an unhappily married couple, Doug and Jane. Doug helps him get a job at the local post office where fellow worker Ferrin gets attracted to Vann. What is more, she is not the only troubled soul attracted to Vann. A reluctant high school football hero, an irritated restaurant owner, the list is endless. Vann begins to have blackouts and vivid daydreams of being questioned by the police. It seems to be that his days are numbered, but fate always plays an active role in his strange carrier. Based on a well-known novel by Leo McCreary, the film features a striking cast including rock singer Sheryl Crow, country singer Dwight Yoakam (as a cop who seems to be hot-wired directly into Vann's mind) and Mercedes Ruehl best remembered for her Oscar winning performance as Jeff Bridges' long time suffering girlfriend in The Fisher King. The Minus Man was in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival 1999.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Hampton Fancher
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Artisan Entertainment


Owen Wilson
as Vann Siegert
Alex Warren
as State Trooper
Walter C. Bassett
as Utility Cable
Chloe Black
as Karen (age 18)
Brent Briscoe
as Chief of Police
Maria Diaz
as Anchorwoman
Matt Gerald
as Arresting Officer
Madeleine Ignon
as Karen (age 5)
Lew McCreary
as Man in Diner
Axel Ovregaard
as Joe La Moine
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Critic Reviews for The Minus Man

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A sociopathic serial poisoner provides everyone with the nihilistic zero they need in this intelligent and disheartening dramatic thriller for Generation Blank.

Full Review… | July 16, 2007

A powerful performance by Wilson....and believe me, you've never seen him like this!

March 11, 2006

Horrible character piece. Nothing happens and you don't care why.

August 15, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Minus Man


Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


A very disappointing attempt of a psychological thriller about a murderer in the shape of a regular guy. While Owen Wilson turns out be be very convincing despite of his comedy background, and the rest of the cast is pretty good too, somehow the movie just isn't very interesting. The killer poisons one victim after the other rather randomly and yet nothing exciting happens. No suspense, no surprises, just a few rather odd scenes of imaginary dialogues with policemen.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A creepy movie about a serial killer.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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