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Bone (1972)

 -  Comedy  -  July 1972 (USA)
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A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as ... See full summary »

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A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as happily married as they appeared. Written by Anonymous

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Ida Berlin, the old woman on the bus who snarls an obscenity at Andrew Duggan, was the real-life mother of Elaine May and grandmother of Jeannie Berlin. See more »

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Bill: A rat! He's stuck in the drain!
Bernadette: A rat? In OUR pool?
Bill: Yeah, I guess he got thirsty and come down from the hills, and fall into the pool and get sucked into the filter.
Bernadette: Get it out, get it out!
Bill: It's alive in there!
Bernadette: Well, so? Get it out!
Bill: Any idea how?
Bernadette: Yes, call the pool service. I want this pool drained and scrubbed!
Bill: The chlorine will kill all the bacteria.
Bernadette: Oh really? Well, you didn't seem too happy swimming around with a rat in there.
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Larry Cohen debuts with absurd black comedy
19 November 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Larry Cohen would become famous for schlock horror and thrillers, but his directorial debut was this absurd little black comedy. The basic plot is a lot like the one that features in any number of exploitation films, although the consequences are handled differently. It would seem that Cohen was tying to make some points on race and culture classes; but that side of the film doesn't come across particularly well, and it's better to enjoy Bone for what it is. The comedy was never going to appeal to a mainstream audience because its pitch black and at times, it's difficult to tell if the film is actually meant to be funny. The plot focuses on Beverley Hill's couple Bill, a used car salesman, and his wife Bernadette. Their lives are thrown into turmoil one day when a black man named Bone breaks into their house and demands money. However, all is not rosy for him either - as it soon transpires that despite having the biggest house in the neighbourhood, Bill and Bernadette aren't well off at all, and their marriage doesn't seem to be as happy as first assumed.

This film stands out from a lot of other seventies stuff simply because it is so bizarre, and because of the odd way in which the plot plays out. Cohen sets up the film so that it's not always obvious where he's going to take it, and while there aren't a great deal of surprises with the plot; it at least isn't predictable. The acting is of a rather high standard considering that the film is very much a B-movie. Granted, none of the cast deserves an award for their performances; but all fit into their respective roles well, and none of the performances are particularly over the top. Larry Cohen would go on to prove himself as a more than capable director in the years after this film was released, with films the likes of The Stuff, It's Alive and The Ambulance; but even here, on his directorial debut, Cohen still manages to direct his film with style and panache, which elevates above the level of most similar films. Overall, despite not being as trashy as his later films; Bone is still well worth tracking down for the Larry Cohen fan, and gets a definite thumbs up from me!


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