The Gingerbread Man

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: PolyGram Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

When you DA geniuses gonna learn

that logic

runs a distant second

to God, country and colour?

That's why I vacation

in the Canary Islands

and your news comes from

the bottom of a birdcage.

You took

a 20-year vet to pieces.

He blew procedure,

suppressed evidence.

C'mon, Terry. I support

cops, but there are rules.

- What about morality?

- Morality? In law?

Who told you that? The lawyer

fairy? I protect my client.

I don't know about you or the

cops, Terry, but I'm movin' on.

So you push for civil,

I'll see you in court.

Noted Georgia Defence

Attorney, Rick Magruder,

argued that police posing as

drug dealers were overzealous...

I told you not to leave

those on the sofa.

The phone in here?

We're watching Dad on TV.


Betty, it's Mr Magruder.

- How are the kids?

- Fine.

I'm just fixing their...

My gosh, you're on TV!

We must've done

pretty well today.

Is Leeanne around?

No, Mr Alden picked her up.

Mr Alden, huh?

Kids, your daddy's

on the phone.

Hi, Dad.

How you doin', darlin'?

OK. The guy on TV says

you're a snake-oil salesman

and I told Jeff you're

a lawyer, right?

You don't believe

everything on TV, do you?

No, guess not.

I told you, Jeff!

Daddy said he's still a lawyer.

But Dad's still on TV.

Hey, you guys, quit fightin'!

OK, I love you both.

See you tomorrow, OK?

Bye, Dad!

Yeah, bye, honey.

Dunson, Hess and Magruder?

Hey, Konnie, it's Rick.

Put Lois on.

Yes, Mr Magruder.

One second, please.

Lois? It's Rick.


if it isn't the golden boy!

I just saw you

on the six o'clock.

Why'd you wear that tie?

That tie's good luck.

Are you coming by here?

You read my mind. How's dinner

at the Pink House sound?

Ricky, I'd love to,

but we're swamped here.

But swing by

for something later.

- I'll come by, Lo.

- All right.

They ever gonna fix this door?

Congratulations, Rick.

What is this?

- Was this you?

- Sorry,

I wanted to say,

but they made me swear.

Let me take your stuff.

Is this all for me?

- I don't drink champagne.

- I got yours.

You are a psychic.

What are you doin' here?

Good to see you.

I appreciate it.

Who are all these people?

Do I know all these people?

Well, look who's here!

You didn't wear that...

I wore... I knew you'd

mention this suit.

Well, it worked.

I wanna tell you, you did a

superb job in Jacksonville.

Savannah lawyers haven't won

a case down there in 10 years.

In 10 years?

Oh, Judge Winslow

sends his regards.

Hey, Lo!

You put her up to this?

Lois, this is his night.

His night.

I know.

We'll take care of him.

- Enjoy.

- Thanks. Thanks for this.

It's a good surprise.

- You all right?

- We have to do this?

Oh, boy.

Why is she here?

I'll see you later.


Hey, Leeanne!

Oh, congratulations, Rick.

- Lipstick, there.

- Thank you.

Hey, Carl. I thought

I recognised that Lincoln.

Yes, isn't she a beauty?

Yeah, didn't spoil the surprise,

but the licence plate's obvious.

It's clever, you're an attorney

and it says attorney...

- Self-defence?

- Works every time.

Everyone's very happy for you.

- Well...

- You worked hard.

We got lucky.

A marvellous knack

for making cops look rotten.

Law says we've all gotta play by

the rules, Carl. You know that.

I bet that's exactly what you

told the jury, wasn't it?

We lay it out,

let 'em do the right thing.

So why didn't they?

I'll get us some more drinks?

All right, I'd love another

Bacardi and cranberry, thanks.

Thanks, honey.

Yeah. Thanks, honey.

Er, no, thank you.

So, I thought you'd

given up on attorneys?

Well, everyone's got

their thing.

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