Robert Altman

The Gingerbread Man

Altman’s John Grisham adaptation has Kenneth Branagh as a hotshot lawyer hitting tempestuous waters after he takes on a waitress’s case.

Image from The Gingerbread Man

USA 1997
Dir Robert Altman
With Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr
114min
35mm
Certificate 15

Based on an unpublished John Grisham novel, this has a hotshot Savannah lawyer (Branagh) taking on the case of a waitress (Davidtz) against her volatile, violent father (Duvall); when he escapes from the mental institution to which he’s been committed, the lawyer sets about protecting both his client and himself. As events grow ever more menacing, Altman makes expressive use of an approaching hurricane.