October 25th, 1996


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A lawyer is cursed by a gypsy to lose weight...and lose weight...and lose weight...

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 5.3/10 (10,188 voted)

Director: Tom Holland

Stars: Joe Mantegna, Robert John Burke, Lucinda Jenney

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.

Writers: Stephen King, Michael McDowell

Robert John Burke - Billy Halleck
Joe Mantegna - Richie Ginelli
Lucinda Jenney - Heidi Halleck
Michael Constantine - Tadzu Lempke
Kari Wuhrer - Gina Lempke
Bethany Joy Galeotti - Linda Halleck (as Joie Lenz)
Time Winters - Prosecutor
Howard Erskine - Judge Phillips
Terrence Garmey - Bailiff
Randy Jurgensen - Court Clerk
Jeff Ware - Max Duggenfield
Antonette Schwartzberg - Mama Ginelli
Terence Kava - Gabe Lempke (as Terrence Kava)
Adriana Delphine - Gypsy Woman
Ruth Miller - Billy's Secretary

Taglines: Let The Curse Fit The Crime.

Release Date: 25 October 1996

Filming Locations: Appleton, Maine, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,679,046 (USA) (27 October 1996) (2009 Screens)

Gross: $15,171,475 (USA) (9 February 1997)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cameo: [Stephen King] the author appears as Dr. Bangor (Bangor, Maine, is where King lives).

Continuity: The position of the Gypsy after she is hit by the car.

Chief Duncan Hopley: [about Lempke's daughter] Oh, what the hell. Old lady was jaywalking!

User Review

An Adequate Adaptation...

Rating: 6/10

...for a King work: they've always had a mixed track record. Generally this one is a tribute to the F/X wizardry as Robert John Burke goes through multiple transformations. That in itself is pretty horrifying. Most of the King subtleties have been sucked out of it, but what's new? It's basically a decent supernatural thriller. There is a slow, relentless horror to the whole thing, which doesn't rely on huge "jump out of the closet" shocks (although there are a few of those). Basically a horror movie for adults.