The Gingerbread Man (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Gingerbread Man (1997)



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A woman goes to a lawyer for help in acquiring her father's estate. She explains that her mentally disturbed father is institutionalized. Only after the lawyer secures her the estate does he begin to have suspicions about her story.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
PolyGram Video

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Kenneth Branagh
as Rick Magruder
Embeth Davidtz
as Mallory Doss
Daryl Hannah
as Lois Harlan
Tom Berenger
as Pete Randle
Robert Duvall
as Dixon Doss
Troy Beyer
as Konnie Dugan
Julia R. Perce
as Cassandra
Danny Darst
as Sheriff Hope
Sonny Seiler
as Phillip Dunson
Walter Hartridge
as Edmund Hess
Rosemary Newcott
as Dr. Bernice Sampson
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as Judge Russo
David Hirsberg
as Tom Cherry
Paul Carden
as Judge Cooper
Bob Minor
as Mr. Pitney
Myrna White
as Tax Clerk
Jim Grimshaw
as Desk Cop
Stuart Greer
as Detective Hal
Nita Hardy
as Policewoman
Ferguson Reid
as Detective Black
Benjamin T. Gay
as Court Clerk
Mark Bednarz
as Effingham County She...
Bill Cunningham
as Effingham County She...
Chip Tootle
as Effingham County She...
Sonny Shroyer
as Chatham County Sheri...
Mike Pniewski
as Chatham County Sheri...
L.H. Smith
as Storm Evacuee
Wren Arthur
as Barfly Robin
Vernon E. Jordan Jr.
as Larry Benjamin
Angela Costrini
as Barfly Wren
Gregory H. Alpert
as Barfly Clark
Lydia Marlene
as Tattooed Bartender
Jay S. Pearson
as Chatham County Sheri...
Jin Hi Soucy
as Huey's Patron
Richie Dye
as Huey's Patron
Chad Darnell
as Huey's Patron
Natalie Hendrix
as Television Anchorper...
Gregg Jarrett
as Television Anchorper...
Doug Weathers
as Television Anchorper...
Jeremy Cooper
as Television Weatherca...
Beth Eckard
as Television Weatherca...
Brad Huffines
as Television Weatherca...
Patrick Prokop
as Television Weatherca...
Mike Manhattan
as Television Field Rep...
David Jordan
as Television Field Rep...
George Lyndel Branne...
as Television Field Rep...
Gregory F. Pallone
as Television Field Rep...
Alice Stewart
as Television Field Rep...
Vanessa Young
as Television Field Rep...
Angela Beasley
as Puppeteer
Scott Troughton
as Dredge Worker
Grace Tootle
as Gas Station Attendan...
Shane James
as Ricky Butch Banks
Herb Kelsey
as Doss Gang Member
William L. Thorp IV
as Doss Gang Member
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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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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


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 Carrier

Super Reviewer


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.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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