Bone (1972)

R  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
The Girl
Casey King ...
The Boy
Brett Somers ...
X-Ray Lady
Dick Yarmy ...
Bank Teller
James Lee ...
Rosanna Huffman ...
Ida Berlin ...
Lady on Bus


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 »


The Girl: Do you have a mistress?
Bill: No. Too much time, too demanding - a lot of work keeping it a secret, you know. Rides, and motel rooms...
The Girl: How do you like your meat? Don't tell me - medium.
Bill: While all that energy could be better put to use by expanding profits, getting ahead... instead of laid and alone. You're always alone afterwards, you know? Try to put something of yourself into it. But afterwards, lying there, it all seems so... fucking impersonal. What could be new? People have been doing it for ...
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I can't believe this came out of Larry Cohen...
25 October 2007 | by (Satan's Colon) – See all my reviews

Larry Cohen, the man who brought us such schlock fests as IT'S ALIVE, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT and, of course, THE STUFF, made his movie directing debut with BONE, and it is easily the best thing the man ever created. I bought this movie based on some of the positive reviews, thinking that it was yet another goofy so-bad-its-good Larry Cohen movie, and I was absolutely blown away. In spite of some small flaws, BONE is both beautiful and poignant.

Starring Yaphet Kotto in the title role, BONE follows the story of an aggressive, impoverished black man who breaks into the home of a middle-aged, upper class white couple in Beverly Hills in an attempt to rob them. After finding no money in the house, Bone forces Bill (Andrew Duggan) to go into town to close his bank account while holding his wife, Bernadette (Joyce Van Patten) hostage in their home, with threats to rape and kill her if Bill fails to return with the money. Nothing, however, goes as planned, and the plot makes several unexpected twists and turns while becoming more and more abstract. I don't want to say any more, however, as I feel I owe any potential viewers of this movie the opportunity to see for themselves. Anybody and everybody who enjoys obscure movies from the 1970's, sexploitation and blaxploitation cinema, or off-beat, low-budget independent films needs to see BONE.

It is unfortunate that so few people have seen BONE, as I am quite sure that this movie has the potential to draw a much larger audience. Perhaps the biggest problem that this movie faced was that it failed to meet the expectations of its original theatrical audience. Although it does have some violent and intense scenes, this movie isn't nearly as exploitive as people likely expected. Instead, it draws on themes from racism to differences in economic classes and scene after scene presents the idea that nothing is what it appears to be, without pulling the punches that the Politically Correct crowd typically does.

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