Stephen King's Thinner Movie Review 1996

Information and Film Reviews for Stephen King's Thinner the Movie

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Holland takes all the meat out of this supernatural horror by turning it into a formulaic pursuit-of-justice bore. Porcine lawyer Billy Halleck (Burke) accidentally hits a gypsy with his car and is cursed with a case of perpetual weight loss. Conveniently for Billy, the client he has just gotten an acquittal for is local mobster Richie "The Hammer" Ginelli (Mantegna) who is now determined to save him. Ponderous plot and lackluster-looking latex is redeemed by decent acting. King makes his requisite cameo as Dr. Bangor (get it, Maine?) Originally published in 1984 under King's pseudonym Richard Bachman.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 92 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Supernatural Horror, Books to Film: Stephen King, Motor Vehicle Dept., Law & Lawyers, Magic, Gypsies, Organized Crime, Metamorphosis
Michael McDowell, Tom Holland
Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer, John Horton, Sam Freed, Daniel von Bargen, Elizabeth Franz, Joy Lentz, Jeff Ware
Kees Van Oostrum
Tom Holland
Daniel Licht
Stephen King
Richard H. Rubinstein, Mitchell Galin, Stephen F. Kesten, Spelling Productions, Paramount Pictures

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