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  • Director Robert Altman on the set of "The Gingerbread Man"

    Director Robert Altman on the set of "The Gingerbread Man"

  • Tom Berenger and Kenneth Branagh in "The Gingerbread Man"

    Tom Berenger and Kenneth Branagh in "The Gingerbread Man"

  • Studio promo photo from 1998's "The Gingerbread Man"

    Studio promo photo from 1998's "The Gingerbread Man"

In Robert Altman's 1998 film of John Grisham's "The Gingerbread Man," lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand affair with caterer Mallory Doss. He becomes hooked on her, and when he learns her nut-case father Dixon is threatening her, he puts the weight of his law firm behind Mallory, has Dixon arrested and subpoenas her ex-husband Pete to testify against Dixon in court. Dixon is sent to an asylum, but escapes from there and the lives of many people are in danger. Kenneth Branagh leads an all-star cast including Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Daryl Hannah and Tom Berenger.