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Stephen King's Thinner

R 1996 1h 32m Horror List
19% Tomatometer 27 Reviews 31% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is an obese lawyer who accidentally hits a Gypsy with his car after his wife distracts him. Given Halleck's influence in town and a general prejudice against Gypsies, he manages to brush the incident under the rug with some unethical legal help from his associates. However, the victim's father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine), places a curse on the heavyset man, and he starts to lose weight at an alarming rate, which is followed by other macabre events. Read More Read Less
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A bland, weightless horror film that seems to want to mock itself as the proceedings drag on.

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Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: D Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 1.5/4 Apr 12, 2002 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle Rated: 1/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The anemic screenplay offers little in the way of engaging scenarios and satisfactory payoffs. Rated: 2/4 Feb 8, 2024 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies A well-made adaptation of King’s work that balances body horror with questionable morality. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 27, 2024 Full Review Patrick Cavanaugh The Wolfman Cometh Even though the source material itself is flawed, the film has too many tonal inconsistencies to know whether to laugh at or be creeped out by the experience. Rated: 2/5 Sep 22, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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Tex S I thought this was a very good film, different from all the usual boring horror films. It has a cool story line that keeps you interested and happy to watch all the way through. A pretty good cast and even a cameo from the man himself, the fabulous Mr Stephen King. I gave it 4 stars and I've watched this movie 7 times. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/03/24 Full Review Stuart R The first and last acts are fun enough to watch [but] about halfway in, things are just completely nonsensical. πŸ… more so gonna let it slide- last act saved it for me. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/24 Full Review Howard H Awkward from beginning to end. A plot which at the end is quite surprisingly...bad however enjoyable at times. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review Drift B Mediocre makes you wonder why this Stephen king is so famous with so many bad movies Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Charles T Stephen King's novel, written under the name Richard Bachman, makes a successful transition to the screen. Billy (Robert John Burke) is a highly successful defense attorney, getting an acquittal for known mobster Richie (Joe Mantegna). He is trying to diet, topping the scales at three hundred pounds. One night while driving home, Heidi (Lucinda Jenney), Billy's wife, begins fooling around in the car with him while he is driving. In the throes of passion, Billy does not see an elderly gypsy woman crossing the street, runs over her, and kills her. The judge and police chief conspire to cover the crime up, and the death is ruled accidental. That does not sit well with the old woman's even older father, Lempke (Michael Constantine), who brushes Billy's cheek and whispers the title of the film. Soon, Billy is dropping three or four pounds a day. He seems to be disappearing before everyone's eyes, but concern sets in. He is eating twelve thousand calories a day, still losing weight, and now Heidi and his doctor (Sam Freed) are spending a little too much time together. Billy decides to track down the gypsies, especially after hearing and witnessing others in on the conspiracy were cursed as well, and he mistakenly enlists Richie to help him. Greg Cannom's special effects make-up is phenomenal. He has won Oscars in the past, and he should have won again for this film. Burke is totally believable going from 300 to 124 pounds in the span of the story. It helps that Burke's performance is as flawless as his make-up. He does not let all that latex and rubber get in the way, and goes from sympathetic to slightly deranged rather well. Jenney is also good as Heidi, although her character is often relegated to the "supportive wife" routine. The first hour of the film is very suspenseful. Billy is chasing the gypsies, and the authorities are chasing him. However, the film's biggest flaw was also the novel's biggest flaw- letting the convenient mob friend Richie help get revenge on the gypsies. Mantegna is one of those great actors who never receives his just credit, but here his character is just a caricature of mob types Mantegna has played before especially on "The Simpsons"- try listening to Mantegna and not hearing Fat Tony. Holland's direction keeps things fresh, he shockingly shot this on location in Maine instead of fleeing to Canada like most Hollywood films, but the screenplay feels rushed most of the time. I wonder if this would have made a more effective transition to mini-series form, something King has done before. I was surprised by "Thinner." Considering what some film makers have done to King's work, it is a better adaptation when put in that context. Strongly anchored by believable make-up and gore effects, and a fantastic central performance, I recommend it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review kotiko g Gypsies do not seem to be a threat to society, they lead a wandering life. They don't have one particular place of residence. They make certain demands in order to have basic bread money. But gypsies can curse a person if he "deserves" it. Tom Holland's 1996 film is built around this theme. In the epicenter of the events is the famous lawyer Billy Halleck, who is suffering from obesity. Billy keeps a poor diet, which naturally worries his wife. "One fine day" Billy will hit a gypsy, Suzanne, with his car and kill her. Of course, the lawyer did not do this on purpose. While behind the wheel, he is distracted by his wife (Heidi Halleck). The court did not recognize Bill as an accused and considered the girl's death an accident. As if a successful lawyer easily hid from justice, but don't be sorry. Tadzu Lemke, the father of the dead gypsy girl, gave the killer a curse of thinness. This is a story about a person who did not take responsibility for himself and was punished accordingly. Over time, Bill loses weight, but eats more food than he should. As if what could be better than this, although this fact seems alarming to Hyde, because such an illogical development of events can make the health problem urgent. After some time, Billy realizes that he and everyone else who took part in Billy's trial has been cursed by a group of gypsies. Hyde does not believe this story and believes that Billy should be treated. In the second half of the film, the director shows the tense phase of the husband-wife relationship. Bill is jealous. He thinks Hyde is quietly spending time with Dr. Mike. Such a development of events can have such an explanation. Hyde realizes that Bill is losing his mind and tries to stay away from such a person. However, this story line is not fully resolved. Because there is not even one scene in the film that gives us a satisfactory and justified answer to the question of whether Hyde is really cheating on her husband or not. In the end, Billy finds a way out through revenge. I would single out two controversial scenes that are identical to each other in some component. 1) Suzanne's death (where Heidi didn't warn Billy that a gypsy was crossing the road) 2) going to Glassman's clinic (Heidi was sitting behind the wheel, she was distracted while talking to her husband on the road, which almost caused an accident. Amoto also gave our unfortunate hero a sense of injustice. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Thinner: Official Clip - The White Man from Town Thinner: Official Clip - The White Man from Town 2:12 Thinner: Official Clip - I'm Being Erased! Thinner: Official Clip - I'm Being Erased! 1:26 Thinner: Official Clip - You Lose! Thinner: Official Clip - You Lose! 2:10 Thinner: Official Clip - Did You Try It? Thinner: Official Clip - Did You Try It? 2:11 Thinner: Official Clip - The Attack Thinner: Official Clip - The Attack 2:06 Thinner: Official Clip - Die Clean Thinner: Official Clip - Die Clean 2:09 Thinner: Official Clip - What Have I Done? Thinner: Official Clip - What Have I Done? 2:13 Thinner: Official Clip - Still Thinking About Food? Thinner: Official Clip - Still Thinking About Food? 2:12 Thinner: Official Clip - Take the Gun! Thinner: Official Clip - Take the Gun! 2:00 Thinner: Official Clip - The Curse Thinner: Official Clip - The Curse 1:29 View more videos
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Synopsis Billy Halleck (Robert John Burke) is an obese lawyer who accidentally hits a Gypsy with his car after his wife distracts him. Given Halleck's influence in town and a general prejudice against Gypsies, he manages to brush the incident under the rug with some unethical legal help from his associates. However, the victim's father, Tadzu Lempke (Michael Constantine), places a curse on the heavyset man, and he starts to lose weight at an alarming rate, which is followed by other macabre events.
Director
Tom Holland
Producer
Richard P. Rubinstein, Mitchell Galin
Screenwriter
Michael McDowell, Tom Holland
Production Co
Paramount Pictures, Spelling Films International
Rating
R
Genre
Horror
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 1, 2013
Box Office (Gross USA)
$15.3M
Runtime
1h 32m
Sound Mix
Surround
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