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Thinner (1996)


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  • Actors: Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Michael Constantine, Kari Wahrer, Lucinda Jenney
  • Directors: Tom Holland
  • Writers: Stephen King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0084MVE7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,735 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).

Customer Reviews

Good character depth to the story.
TL
I mean, some bad scary movies I can watch and be like "Eh, whatever."
FoxX
Great movie adaptation well worth the time to watch.
Bruce Orr

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward III on September 15, 2012
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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 By JJCEO #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on August 13, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cluley on April 8, 2014
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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. The fat makeup or costume or whatever is obvious and he looks weird in the first half of the movie, unrealistic. When he loses weight he looks a bit more realistic but he is so stiff and unnatural acting that it kills it. But the story is entertaining, sometimes outright hilarious and the twist ending is great. Leave it to Stephen King. I just wish they'd translate his stuff to the screen with better writing and acting. A lot of movies made from his books are downright bad. But it is entertaining on a boring afternoon so I recommend it and it's safe for the whole family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N Figueroa on 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 By Shonda on April 23, 2014
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Unfortunately, this - in my opinion - is one of the worst Stephen King movies thus far. I was very excited to see it; I have always been a big Stephen King fan. However, I was beyond disappointed. This is listed as a horror flick, but the only horror was the acting. I definitely would not recommend this to any horror movie seeker.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mort Neipp on 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 3 people found the following review helpful By Mule04 on September 14, 2012
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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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By George R Patterson on September 24, 2014
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Always a favourite Stephen King of ours. Never a popular film, but loved that it stayed pretty true to the novel, except for a slight let-down at the end. Marvellous performance by Burke as Billy Halleck. Terrific quality of film.
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