Thinner (1996)




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Movie Info

After morbidly obese lawyer Billy Halleck accidentally runs over a mysterious gypsy woman, he finds himself cursed with his fondest wish -- to lose weight. Unfortunately, in true Stephen King fashion, Billy soon discovers that his weight loss is to be permanent and that if he cannot find the long-gone gypsy band he wronged, soon he will literally waste away to nothing.

Rating: R (For strong violence and some sexuality and language.)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael McDowell, Tom Holland (X), Tom Holland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 1997
Republic Pictures Home Video


as Billy Halleck

as Richie Ginelli

as Heidi Halleck

as Tadzu Lempke

as Gina Lempke

as Linda Halleck

as Dr. Mike Houston

as Prosecutor

as Linda Halleck

as Judge Phillips

as Max Duggenfield

as Gypsy Woman

as Chief Duncan Hopley

as Kirk Penschley

as Frank Spurton

as Judge Cary Rossingto...

as Leda Rossington

as Court Clerk

as Gabe Lempke

as Billy's Secretary

as Suzanne Lempke

as Henry Halliwell

as Ginelli Bar Girl

as Clinic Doctor

as Clinic Doctor

as Clinic Waiter

as Detective Deevers

as Biff Quigley

as Flash Enders

as `Doctor' Fander

as Delivery Boy

as Prosecutor

as Mr. Bangor, pharmac...
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Critic Reviews for Thinner

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | October 25, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Thinner


Tom Holland's Thinner is an excellent horror tale that deserves more praise than it originally got. Tom Holland is a great director in the genre and he crafts yet another terrific tale of horror based on the book by the same name by Stephen King (who wrote the book under the pseudonym Richard Bachman). The plot surrounds Billy Halleck who is cursed by Gypsy's after Helleck accidentally kills a member of their clan. Now, Billy Halleck is losing weight more and more. Holland delivers a great film with Thinner, and he keeps the chills going due to his knack of creating a tense, creepy atmosphere, which he applied in his 1985 masterwork, Fright Night. This is a well made horror film that has some great special effects and effective chills to keep you interested from start to finish. Thinner is quite frankly an underrated Stephen King adaptation and it definitely is worth seeing if you love King's work. This is an entertaining film that should appeal to horror fans. Despite its flaws, this is one of the better King adaptations and it is one of the better horror films of the 90's. At times the film is genuinely creepy and Tom Holland pulls off something wonderful with great scrip at hand, therefore this is the director's best work since 1985's Fright Night. If you're looking for an effective and entertaining horror yarn, give this film a shot. A much underrated film, Thinner deserves a bit more praise than what it actually received. This is a memorable horror film that boasts impressive special effects and pretty good acting.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Another terrible made for TV adaption of one of Stephen King's more psychologically disturbing stories. This is not scary, inaccurate and plain stupid. The acting is terrible, the special effects are laughable and it has zero effect. It's better forgotten, hopefully one day it will be remade with a little respect and a decent screenwriter and director.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

I think it lived up to the book....even though it felt lite they just tried to sum up every scene in the fastest way possible...the movie could have been longer. But they shure found the perfect guy to play Billy.

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

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