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Plot: Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Runtime: 114 mins Release Date: 22 Jan 1998
With this movie, it's all about style, atmosphere, and acting. True, I didn't believe all of the plot developments, but it didn't matter- the terrific acting, the unexpected plot twists, and the wonderful atmosphere sucked me right in, and carried me along for the ride, and I had a great time. Kenneth Branagh is not only a great actor but a master of accents, and he proves it once again with a flawless Georgia accent. He's surrounded by so much talent in supporting roles Robert Downey, Jr., Embeth Davidtz from Schindler's List and Fallen, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, and <more>
Robert Duvall that I was simply blown away. I recently bought a copy of this movie, and I never tire of watching it. Simply one of the best thrillers of the year. If you've ignored this movie and chances are you have , then I suggest you check it out.
I don't understand the low 5.7 rating on this film. It's a delight for people who like a strong suspense plot and dark atmospherics. The tone is reminiscent of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, down to the locale Savannah . The acting is strong, and I was amazed at the verisimilitude of Kenneth Branagh's southern accent. Famke Jansen is great, Robert Duval is effective in a small part, and Embeth Davitz is the BOMB. Great full nude scene of her,too.The plot is fairly standard but effectively executed.
Branagh, Berenger, Downey, Jr., Duvall & Hannah Thrill in a Southern Noir (by semioticz)
A Savannah, GA attorney, Rick Magruder Kenneth Branagh , has a partly accidental one night stand fling with a rain-drenched caterer, Mallory Doss Embeth Davidtz . Immediately, he becomes infatuated with her & simultaneously aware that her violently psychotic father, Dixon Robert Duvall , is terrorizing Mallory. Magruder calls in his private detective, Clyde Pell Robert Downey, Jr. , to hunt down the extremely deranged Dixon Duvall . However, both Magruder & Pell soon realize Dixon is so cunning that even Magruder's law partner, Lois Harlan Daryl Hannah , will be involved to <more>
the degree of risking her own life as Magruder extends the full force of his law firm in defense of his under-statused mistress Mallory.Once Dixon is arrested, the law firm subpoenas Mallory's ex-husband, Pete Randle Tom Berenger , to testify, as a very reluctant witness, against Dixon. Dixon is ordered into an asylum, then escapes, fueled with more fury for violence against everyone involved. The thriller doesn't stop there, but my summary does! "The Gingerbread Man" is a Southern Gothic Thriller par excellance. Clyde Hayes rewrote John Grisham's novel into the screenplay that Robert Altman aptly directed. The cast is too experienced & talented to fail either the novel or the screenplay. Branagh, who usually plays in more classical roles, like Shakespearean characters, quite capably takes the leading role & steals the show with it.Due to depictions of violence, terror, deranged psychosis & adult language, this motion picture is not suitable for children or the faint at heart. It will keep a lover of Gothic thrillers on the edge of their seat, time & again. Plus, when you believe it's over, it's not.
Robert Altman is my favorite American director. I must admit that I have enjoyed the films that are usually scorned: "Quintet", if only for giving me the pleasure of seeing a grown-up and beautiful Brigitte Fossey, who was unforgettable as the little girl in "Forbidden Games"; "HealtH", for having Lauren Bacall, Carol Burnett, Alfre Woodard and Glenda Jackson, all in the same cast; "Popeye", for that splendid and surreal world, Shelley Duvall's Olive Oyl and the wonderful Malta locations; "O.C. & Stiggs", for its proposal of an <more>
anti-"adolescents flick"; "Beyond Therapy", for all its lunacy and for the presence of Genèvieve Page, who for all her effort to look Parisian chic is taken for a travestite... I have even enjoyed his one-act TV movies, like "The Dumb Waiter" and "The Laundromat". When there is not much plot to develop in his films, you have wonderful performances, from Burnett, John Travolta, Kim Basinger or Jane Curtin. I perceive and enjoy the different approach and description he makes of the many different cultures of the United States. It is a pity that his genius is seldom appreciated, and that he is always forgotten when the time comes for giving out American prizes and awards. He is not your typical mainstream purveyor of fantasies. He is more of a maverick. So it is not surprising for me to find so many bad comments posted here about "The Gingerbread Man", his most 'mainstream' effort to date and to my knowledge. I did not know there were so many people who thought like Leonard Maltin, who does not like Altman at all. In this case, one may dislike "The Gingerbread Man", but for me the reason has more to do with Grisham than with the director-screenwriter. Some of Altman's trademarks are here: improvised dialogue, great performances, a funny lawyers' office with typical irreverent receptionist and secretary. While some people find it boring, I found the first act fascinating, thanks also for the great cinematography by Changwei Gu, the man who shot "Red Sorghum", "Ju Dou" and "Farewell My Concubine". He has a way of showing us the same things we see in other American movies, but under a different light. Through his "foreigner's gaze", almost everything seems new and different. In this first act, things were so logical and true! Wait until you get older. You may get in trouble if you fall under the spell of someone younger and beautiful as Embeth Davidtz. I know for myself what I have done fascinated by someone who is younger than I am! Then you have Robert Duvall's repellent, menacing and mysterious character, while that Geraldo storm is threatening Savannah. The second act gets a little phony and even funny, because Altman may have conducted it with a grin. I remember laughing aloud in several instances with his ironic remarks. I think he was applying a bit of Brecht, distancing us, preparing us for the third act, which is plain Hollywood pastiche. Altman does it with expertise. Being a wise man, and an intelligent director, luckily he did not fall into the traps of today's action movies. He was directing a tale of lust, greed and death. I was not disappointed a bit with the movie. If I give it a nine instead of 10, it is because of Grisham. The American reader has turned him into a best-selling author. So why complain? Maybe we should thank Altman for showing us the seams in his stories, the dullness, the flatness and the silliness of them all. However, he does it with so much gusto and humor, that I cannot but disagree with the negative comments. For me, these persons saw another movie... And vice versa.
The best film of the Grisham stories (by Gatorhank)
Robert Altman has succeeded where other directors have failed: he has taken a John Grisham story writing the screenplay himself under a false name and made it a truly entertaining, engrossing and evocative film. The Altman/Grisham Savanna, GA locale is thoroughly believable. I came out of the viewing of this film feeling that I had actually been soaked by Hurricane Geraldo. As the movie storm intensifies, so does the intrigue and suspense. Great casting. Kenneth Branagh's Georgia accent is right on I know, I'm from South Alabama . Robert Downey's is just as good. If you've <more>
seen other Grisham based films and come away empty. This one will fill you up.
If you have read any of John Grishams books, and liked them, than this film will go down well. Definitely as good as any of his books, and added twists work well on screen. Very good.
A great and underrated film! (by thao)
This is a wonderful Film Noir thriller, liked by the critics but hated by the public as often with Altman . One of the reason people don't get it might be because they don't know film noir well enough and therefore miss the wonderful homage Altman makes in this film. I have also seen people complain that it is too slow to be a thriller. Well, I like my thrillers that way. Enough time to get to know the characters and the setting, and a slow built up tension. It does not harm that the film is also well acted and has a beautiful cinematography.This is one of Robert Altman's most <more>
underrated film, along with Popeye 1980 . We can only hope that time will correct the harsh judgment this small gem got from the public. Who knows, maybe the rising star of Robert Downey Jr. might help to get a little re-appreciation of The Gingerbread Man.
Very unique and real at the same time. (by KennethBranaghfan4343)
Well, lets see here. Here we have a lawyer Branagh who falls for a very attractive waitress Davidtz who is unfortunately being stalked by a criminally insane father and poor Branagh is dragged into this all because of what was supposed to be a meaningless one night stand. Great plot. There is a lot to say for this movie. For example, its edge of the seat thrills are very entertaining. Another example is just the right amount of romance. Just right. This film deserves 3 stars and a rating of 8.5.
A Decent Grisham Manuscript Film (by Desertman84)
The Gingerbread Man was based on an original story by John Grisham that was subsequently adapted into screenplay form. The film stars Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Berenger, Daryl Hannah, Famke Janssen, and Robert Duvall.The screenplay was written by Al Hayes and directed by Robert Altman. This tale that begins at a party where Savannah attorney Rick Magruder celebrates his successful defense of a man who shot a local cop. The party-goers include his ex-wife Leeanne, the mother of his two children; his law partner Lois Harlan; and caterer Mallory Doss. After Mallory <more>
finds her car stolen, Rick gives her a ride home where things turn sexual. Attracted to Mallory, he learns that her crazed father Dixon Doss has been threatening her. Getting too closely involved with this woman he hardly knows, Rick has the police round up her unstable father, and he next subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon, who is institutionalized. The crazed Dixon manages to escape from the asylum, intent on revenge against all his betrayers and enemies. As a potent hurricane blows into Savannah, Mallory's car is torched, and Rick receives threats. Believing his children are in danger, Rick removes them from school, prompting a warrant for his arrest. When his children disappear, Rich goes on the counterattack against Dixon.The movie is a decent story but Robert Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie.They took what could have been a generic and ordinary movie by investing artistry and effort, he made it into something more despite of it being uneven and predictable.As for the performances,Kenneth Branagh that holds this film together and does it well.