John Grisham only wrote
story that became a movie without first being
published as a book.
A hot lawyer (Kenneth Branagh) squares off against a mentally disturbed
backwoods Southerner (Robert
Duvall) in the 1998 film The Gingerbread
But the great film-maker Robert Altman was chosen to direct, adding his
visual touches — chaotic atmosphere, bad weather, unexpected cruelty,
Amazon's review applauds
the intrigue in "the combination of Grisham's mainstream mystery and the
offbeat style of [the] maverick
director...The Gingerbread Man demonstrates [Altman's] skill in
offbeat approach to conventional material..."
Both Altman and Grisham have given thought to the lawyer's character,
for Altman his complaint
that "the minute he gets outside his own element, he's dog meat." The
attorney into increasingly dangerous situations.
Now here's where it gets weird. The Internet Movie Database gives a
traditional summary for
the movie's gnarly plot. ("Lawyer Rick Magruder has a one-night-stand
affair with caterer Mallory Doss...")
But for the movie's poster, they display this.
"To my knowledge," I emailed the web site, "Robert Altman did not direct
Adventures of the Wishing Chair,
and John Grisham did not write its screenplay."
Again, to summarize:
|In the movie:|
|Not in the movie:
I wonder which child in the armchair was the lawyer's one-night stand?