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Thinner (1996) (1996)

Robert John Burke , Joe Mantegna , Tom Holland  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Michael Constantine, Kari Wahrer, Lucinda Jenney
  • Directors: Tom Holland
  • Writers: Stephen King
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084MVE7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,265 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Based on the best-seller, Stephen King's Thinner stars Robert John Burke (Robocop 3) and Joe Mantegna (House of Games) in a story of supernatural terror and countdown to the ultimate payback. A 109-year old gypsy (Michael Constantine, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), hell-bent on revenge, exacts a curse so shocking it compels its victim to gorge himself in an effort to avoid shrinking away to nothingness. With time running out and a torture so bizarre and powerful, even death seems a more likely option. Directed by Tom Holland (The Langoliers).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav stephen king movies! September 15, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Thinner has always been one of my favorite King movies for some reason and if your reading this review you probably have already seen it and are interested in what they did with the blu ray. I was amazed at the quality of the transfer of this Blu Ray. The audio and picture are amazing, but I was seriously disappointed that it is a Bare bones release with no special features what so ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars White man from town gets thinner! August 13, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Billy Halleck (Robert Burke) is the biggest lawyer in town, both by reputation and size. Weighing in at 297 pounds he is already on a diet mandated and monitored by his wife who wants him to lose weight. Billy just won a big lawsuit for his client Richie Ginelli, called Mr. Mafia by Billy's daughter, who is an underworld crime boss. He celebrates the victory with dinner with his wife and while traveling home he is distracted and kills a 75 year old gypsy woman who is in town with a local carnival. Being the biggest lawyer in town and friends with the sheriff and the judge he barely gets into trouble even though he is clearly at fault and lies about what really happened. Knowing the system he manipulates the truth and he doesn't accept the responsibility for his careless driving and actions. He doesn't even get points on his driver's license.

After the court hearing the 109 year old gypsy grandfather of the victim touches Billy's face and says one word, "Thinner." Billy begins to quickly lose weight and no matter what he does he is facing death. Everyone involved in the case and the release of Billy including the judge and the sheriff are dying of strange diseases. The common cause seems to be the old gypsy grandfather who touched all those men and said one word to each one.

Billy begs forgiveness from the grandfather who tells him that if he doesn't leave the gypsy camp that his curse will get worse. Billy curses the gypsies as the White Man From Town because that is what the gypsies call him. Vengeance turns out to be a pie served cold!

This was a good movie if you are a Stephen King fan. I own the DVD and the book and I actually like the book better as it goes into much more detail as books often can do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I Like Thinner October 11, 2013
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First of all, I would rate this movie high because it is good. All aspects of it. I liked the setting in an out of the way location in New England. Brilliant story line. I now really do believe in Gypsi curses. The acting is superb. No movie could be better casted. Right down to the smallest part these actors did a wonderful job. I think I got this picture because of Joe Mantegna's treatment of the tough guy gangster roll he played. Kerry (let's see if I can spell this right) Wurhr is so pretty as the Gypsi princess. the music was perfect. Beautifully preformed. If you have a weakness for the macabre, as I do, and you like suspense, there is never a dull moment in this one. By the way, like Alfred Hitchcock, Steven King puts himself in all of his pictures. But unlike Uncle Alfred he has speaking parts. Plus he's a pretty good actor with a flare for humor. Two thumbs up for this one. Mort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Stephen King Story! September 14, 2012
By Mule04
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When it comes to Stephen King you will get a very good and creative story and movie. I have not read a book or watched a movie based off Stephen King that I have not liked. You will get the same satisfaction with this movie. This movie will keep you on the edge of your seat to see what happens next. I loved the movie and can't wait for even more Stephen King movies get to blu-ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King does it again January 1, 2014
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This movie is based on another one of Stephen Kings books and is sure to catch your attention. Based on fictional characters as well as plot Thinner will keep you guessing whats next and how far will one man go to be cured. With a typical Steven King twist at the end your sure to be captivated from beginning until the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super creepy! August 15, 2012
Format:DVD
This is one of my favorite Stephen King stories and they did a fairly good job with the movie. There are no monsters here, but King still manages to creep you out.

Highly recommended; good to the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thinner Thinner June 24, 2012
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For the most part I love films based on Stephen King's books. This is a super story! It chronicles the journey a man must take in hopes to free himself of a Gypsy curse after a tragic accident claimed the life of an elderly Romani woman. The man, a popular attorney, was negligent and "distracted" or he would not have had the accident. When the police, judge and officials conspire to free the attorney of any criminal charges the olde Gypsy man takes matters into his own hands laying a curse at their feet. Our main character's variety of the curse is to become "Thinner" and eventually wasting away. But perhaps his price to be free of the curse might be to high costing him more than he'd stand to lose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King's Thinner April 18, 2014
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Stephen King's movies are like Edgar Allen Poe's. A thriller, mystery, and supernatural all rolled into one movie. A good flick!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Swear 90% of people are retarded
Okay, first off, let me say, this DID have potential, that is if they didn't ruin it immediately with bad script, bad props, bad everything. Read more
Published 5 days ago by FoxX
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll do the Thinnin' Around here, Baba Louie
Great movie. the sci Fi trat I was looking for. subtly impressive and not overtly gory. White man from town, think it wery goot moobie!
Published 9 days ago by Thomas A. Gaston
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining movie
The story was interesting, not as outlandish as some of his stories
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The acting was great, kept you on the edge of the seat.
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Published 10 days ago by Gary R. Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I had seen this years ago and remember thinking the acting stunk. I thought I'd watch it again this weekend and the same impression was made. The lead actor is really horrible. Read more
Published 12 days ago by cluley
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinner
Great show, so glad that we order this DVD. We enjoyed this program a lot hope you enjoyed this too.
Published 2 months ago by mariebailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Bare Bones Edition
The movie & transfer are both great. I could not give it 5 stars due to the lack of special features. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. HOLT
4.0 out of 5 stars An older King classic
Great movie adaptation well worth the time to watch. It is one of the better adaptations but I sure wish someone had put the time and effort into remaking this one as opposed to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bruce Orr
4.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King's Thinner
Liked the storyline, showing the consequences of ones
actions. Several moral lessons conceived well in the film.
Good character depth to the story. Great actors too!
Published 5 months ago by TRAIKA
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad
Very cheesy. I liked the story description, but it was implemented in a very hokey way. This is not a movie someone should waste their time on unless they're looking purposefully... Read more
Published 5 months ago by VoyageAmazon
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
As per usual, this gives a good Stephen King story the TV-movie treatment. Seriously, why don't his movies ever get made with good, interesting production value? Read more
Published 7 months ago by adhoclobster
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