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 ...Read MoreNotable 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, RoviRead Less
Larry Miller, Eric Mabius, Brian Cox, Chloe Black, Mercedes Ruehl, Alex Warren, Dennis Haysbert, Dwight Yoakam, Sheryl Crow,... Fine. 1999 Run time: 111. DVD with artwork All DVDs as represented Check the item notes to formats listed for complete matches..
Owen Wilson, Brian Cox, Mercedes Ruehl, Janeane Garofalo, Dwight Yoakam. Run time: 115 mins. Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1999. Language: English. A placid drifter named Vann (Owen Wilson) inhabits a small town looking for a fresh start on life. His passive demeanor and appearance hides the fact that he's a serial killer. He wanders the country preying on the desperate and lonely. Although, in this particular town, he becomes romantically entangled with a postal worker (Janeane Garofalo) and their relationship may be the one thing that can put an end to his murderous ways, or will it? An offbeat psychological drama from the producers of SLING BLADE and the writer of BLADE RUNNER that presents an eerie look into the mind of a serial killer.
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