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Flesh+Blood (1985)

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction... See full summary »

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A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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In a savage time, torn between two rivals she fought for survival with the only weapon she had... herself. See more »


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30 August 1985 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The movie was greatly inspired by The Wild Bunch (1969) (which also dealt with two former allies who become enemies), Vera Cruz (1954) and The Crimson Pirate (1952). Suggested titles for the movie were "The Mercenaries" and "God's Own Butchers" before settling on "Flesh + Blood" (which was the title of a recent Roxy Music album at the time). See more »

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At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight. See more »

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Agnes: Will you show me how it's done? Then I'll know how to go about it.
Kathleen: Right here?
Agnes: No. Behind the bushes.
Kathleen: I don't feel like doing it right now.
Agnes: I insist you feel like it right now. You're my maid. You'll do as I say.
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Referenced in Writing Flesh and Blood (2013) See more »

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Composed by Charles Williams
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i haven't written a review in a long time....had to come back and write up this one
29 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most raw, refreshing and UN-Hollywood movies you will ever see. It's truly a classic, and it stands alone, because nothing like it has been done before. The movie is invariably entertaining throughout, and it contains so many fresh ideas from Verhoeven that it really has you saying 'wow' an awful lot. The rape scenes that everybody freaks out about in their reviews aren't so horrible....they get they're point across but aren't TOO sexually explicit. Whats nice to see if you can call it that, is that the rape is real, and horrible, its not meant to be provocative like it would be in a Hollywood movie, not that i'm a fan of any rape scene, not at all...but at least this is genuine. The performances aren't spectacular or anything, but they are far far from weak. After one viewing this is one of my favorite films, and I recommend it very highly to you.

This film should also be of interest to the highly religious because of all the imagery in it. Verhoeven is known for religious imagery and this film is full of it. It's very Christian in its themes, not that the characters are big in practice, but the movie has a lot of religious points to make.


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