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The Minus Man [DVD] [English] [1999]

  • SKU: 16640752
  • Release Date: 04/15/2008
  • Rating: R
  • 1.0 (1)
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
1.0

Special Features

  • Serial killer biographies
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Minus Man
Notable as the directorial debut of Blade Runner co-scripter Hampton Fancher, this darkly comic thriller stars affable Owen Wilson as Vann Siegert, a different brand of serial killer: one who actually believes he's doing his deeply depressed victims a service of mercy. Wandering up the West Coast, Vann chooses victims from a parade of colorful social misfits -- including a haggard junkie (singer Sheryl Crow) whose pain he ends with a nip from his flask of poison amaretto -- and expounds on his motives with a pocket tape recorder (a drawling monologue that serves as the film's narrative voice-over). A brief layover in Owensville eventually finds Vann in the company of quarreling middle-aged couple Doug and Jane (Brian Cox and Mercedes Ruehl), who grow fond of the young drifter's amiable demeanor and take him on as a boarder. After landing a job at the local post office, Vann catches the eye of co-worker Ferrin (Janeane Garofalo), and a tentative romance blossoms -- but even love can't distract Vann from his crusade to terminate people's unhappiness: "They come to me like moths, because I shine," he explains. Though not the complex psychological game it purports to be, The Minus Man is an intriguing character study -- imagine a kindler, gentler version of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer -- with some clever twists and fine performances, including a touching portrayal from the usually acerbic Garofalo. Geared more to the art-movie crowd than to fans of Hitchcockian thrills, this film opened to raves at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Owen Wilson
    Owen Wilson - Vann Seigert
  • Brian Cox
    Brian Cox - Doug
  • Mercedes Ruehl
    Mercedes Ruehl - Jane
  • Janeane Garofalo
    Janeane Garofalo - Ferrin
  • Dwight Yoakam
    Dwight Yoakam - Blair

Overall Customer Rating

(1 Review)
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