The Gray Man (2007 film)

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The Gray Man
The gray man 2007 poster.jpg
Directed by Scott Flynn
Produced by Aaron Osborne
Written by Lee Fontanella
Colleen Cochran
Starring Patrick Bauchau
Jack Conley
John Aylward
Jillian Armenante
Silas Weir Mitchell
Vyto Ruginis
Mollie Milligan
Lexi Ainsworth
Shaun Senter
Ben Hall
Music by Justin Caine Burnett
Cinematography David Rudd
Edited by George Folsey Jr.
John Sitter
Brad E. Wilhite
Distributed by RavenWolf Films
Release date
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English

The Gray Man (previously known as Wisteria: The Horrible Story of Albert Fish) is a 2007 biographical thriller film based on the actual life and events of American serial killer, rapist and cannibal Albert Fish. It premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 31, 2007, and was scheduled for a theatrical release sometime in 2007. It is directed by Scott Flynn and stars Belgian actor Patrick Bauchau as Albert Fish.


At St. John's Orphanage in 1882, children, including a young Albert Fish, are being paddled as punishment for their sins. Albert Fish as an adult (Patrick Bauchau) then tells an anecdote of a horse that some older boys at the orphanage set on fire, comparing himself to the horse. He regularly whips himself with a belt while hallucinating himself as he appeared in the orphanage. Fish kills a boy scout, Francis McDonnell, before visiting the Budd family home, where he abducts and murders ten-year-old Grace Budd (Lexi Ainsworth) on June 3, 1928 under the pretense of taking her to his niece's birthday party. Throughout the film is a film noir-style narration by Detective William King (Jack Conley), of the Missing Persons Bureau. King searches for Grace Budd for six years, before finally tracking down and arresting Fish. Fish is found guilty despite evidence of his insanity, and promptly sentenced to die in the electric chair.






Variety's Dennis Harvey, film critic wrote "A chilling turn by Patrick Bauchau as Albert Fish, the seemingly harmless old gent exposed in 1934 as a serial child murderer, dominates 'The Gray Man.' Skirting graphic horror terrain for a less sensational character study/detective-procedural, helmer Scott Flynn’s debut feature manages to be just moderately compelling despite the grotesque subject. Cable and DVD sales are signaled."[2]


  1. ^ "The Gray Man (2007)". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ Harvey, Dennis (September 3, 2007). "Review: 'The Gray Man'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 

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