The Gingerbread Man 1997

The Gingerbread Man

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Movie Info

Rick (Kenneth Branagh), a divorced lawyer, has what he thinks is going to be a one-night stand with the troubled but beautiful Mallory (Embeth Davidtz). However, he finds he's much too enamored with her to let the affair end so quickly. He offers to help her with some of her problems, most significantly, her unhinged father, Dixon (Robert Duvall), whom she claims is stalking her. Rick succeeds in getting the father committed, but the insane Dixon escapes the asylum and comes after the couple.

Cast & Crew

Kenneth Branagh
Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz
Mallory Doss
Daryl Hannah
Lois Harlan
Tom Berenger
Pete Randle
Famke Janssen
Leeanne Magruder
Mae Whitman
Leeanne Magruder
Jesse James
Jeff Magruder
Mark Burg
Executive Producer
Glen A. Tobias
Executive Producer
Todd Baker
Executive Producer
Clyde Hayes
Screenwriter
Mark Isham
Original Music
Changwei Gu
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Critic Reviews for The Gingerbread Man

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  • The Gingerbread Man, a neo-noir thriller that unwinds with off-kilter promise, is the big yawn.

    January 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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?

    April 25, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 14, 2001 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Gingerbread Man

  • Dec 07, 2012
    Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.
    Graham J Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2011
    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?
    Steven C Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2011
    One of the more interesting films I've seen lately, The Gingerbread Man is an above-average thriller, made so by the excellent direction of Robert Altman, who creates a very atmospheric film. The problem is with the script, whose plot is not befitting of the cast or the direction, it simply becomes too muddled. Still, Atlman's direction and the performances of the always enjoyable Robert Downey Jr. and the fantastic Kenneth Branagh make it worth while.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2010
    People suggested that Altman mailed one in for this film which was viewed as being an attempt to make some money with a mainstream film but I really enjoyed the effort. I still remember to this day the scene with Branagh crying. It was one of the most real instances on film that I have seen.
    John B Super Reviewer

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