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Thinner (1996)

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An obese attorney is cursed by a gypsy to rapidly and uncontrollably lose weight.

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Tom Holland

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Michael McDowell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert John Burke ... Billy Halleck
Lucinda Jenney ... Heidi Halleck
Bethany Joy Lenz ... Linda Halleck (as Joy Lenz)
Time Winters ... Prosecutor
Howard Erskine Howard Erskine ... Judge Phillips
Joe Mantegna ... Richie Ginelli
Terrence Garmey Terrence Garmey ... Bailiff
Randy Jurgensen ... Court Clerk
Jeff Ware Jeff Ware ... Max Duggenfield
Antonette Schwartzberg Antonette Schwartzberg ... Mama Ginelli
Terence Kava ... Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
Kari Wuhrer ... Gina Lempke
Adriana Delphine Adriana Delphine ... Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller Ruth Miller ... Billy's Secretary
Walter Bobbie ... Kirk Penschley
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Storyline

A fat Lawyer finds himself growing "Thinner" when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. Now the lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner. Written by <Cane@Cris.COM>

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More terror. Less filling. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thinner See more »

Filming Locations:

Appleton, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,679,046, 27 October 1996

Gross USA:

$15,315,484

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,315,484
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen King: the author appears as Dr. Bangor, a pharmacist. Bangor, Maine, is where King lives. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film, Billy's right hand is still bandaged and bleeding before a knife is stuck into the wound to open it again, yet later on his hand is not only without any dressing, but with no visible scar at what is apparently only a few days later. See more »

Quotes

Henry Halliwell: This diet you're on, what is it? I've tried all the others, I might as well try this one.
Billy Halleck: I don't think you'd like it Henry. In fact, I don't think you'd like it at all.
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Decent Thriller, Doesn't Live Up to Book
31 March 2003 | by dragoneyez01See all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV a few years back. I'd read the book before seeing the movie, and I've read the book a second time recently, after seeing the movie. And I think I can safely say that 'Thinner' is a decent attempt, but doesn't live up to the book.

The movie is based on Stephen King's 'Thinner'. It is based around an obese small-town lawyer, Billy Halleck (Robert Burke), who has a curse put on him by a gypsy (Michael Constantine), after running over his daughter with his car. Halleck leaves his wife (Lucinda Jenny) and daughter (Joie Lenz), to find the gypsy and get the curse that is steadily making him thin reversed, before it is too late.

Like another reviewer said, this movie seems really TV movie-ish. The only actor I recognize in this movie is the typecasted Joe Mantegna. The rest I've never heard of before or since this movie. For the most part the movie is faithful to the book. But, it lacks much of the vivid detail of the book. Also, the main character is far more tame in the movie. Though, as I said, most of the actors I've never heard of before or since, they do a very good job in this movie. After seeing the movie, I can't picture anyone else playing the roles they did. And the make-up effects are amazing.

Overall, a decent movie. Could've better captured the spirit of the book. You could find a worse way to spend two hours.

Rating: 7/10


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