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Director:
Writers:
Paul Verhoeven (screenplay)
Gerard Soeteman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A timeless adventure, a passion for wealth and power. Only the strongest will survive See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Machiavellian, Violent, Amoral and Hypnotic Adventure in the Middle Ages See more (99 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rutger Hauer ... Martin

Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Agnes

Tom Burlinson ... Steven

Jack Thompson ... Hawkwood
Fernando Hilbeck ... Arnolfini (as Fernando Hillbeck)

Susan Tyrrell ... Celine
Ronald Lacey ... Cardinal

Brion James ... Karsthans

John Dennis Johnston ... Summer
Simón Andreu ... Miel

Bruno Kirby ... Orbec
Kitty Courbois ... Anna
Marina Saura ... Polly
Hans Veerman ... Father George

Jake Wood ... Little John
Héctor Alterio ... Niccolo
Blanca Marsillach ... Clara

Nancy Cartwright ... Kathleen
Jorge Bosso ... Sterz
Mario De Barros ... Herman
Ida Bons ... Roly Poly
Jaime Segura ... Lord of the Castle
Bettina Brenner ... Lady of the Castle
Siobhan Hayes ... Child of the Castle
Susan Beresford ... Sturdy Woman
Mònica Lucchetti ... Tongueless Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Anne Lockhart ... Wife (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Verhoeven 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerard Soeteman  screenplay
Gerard Soeteman  story
Paul Verhoeven  screenplay

Produced by
José Antonio Sáinz de Vicuña .... associate producer
Gijs Versluys .... producer (as Gys Versluys)
 
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
 
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont 
 
Film Editing by
Ine Schenkkan 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
 
Art Direction by
Félix Murcia 
 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Blake 
 
Makeup Department
Francisca Guillot .... hair stylist
Kathy Kühne .... makeup artist
Miguel Sesé .... chief makeup artist (as Miguel Sese)
 
Production Management
Malcolm R. Harding .... production supervisor (as Mack Harding)
David Middlemas .... post-production supervisor
Carlos Orengo .... local production manager
Marta Pérez Ferrándiz .... first assistant production manager
Carlos Ramón .... first assistant production manager
Remmelt Remmelts .... unit production manager
Walter Saxer .... second unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director
Jindra Markus .... first assistant director
Mischa Muller .... assistant director: spata
 
Art Department
César Benítez .... property master (as Cesar Benitez)
Elly Claus .... artistic coordinator
Julián Martín .... painter
Laura Moreno .... second assistant art director
Ramón Moya .... construction manager (as Ramon Moya)
Luis Vallés .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Danniel Danniel .... sound editor
Marcel De Hoogd .... head sound assistant
Kees Linthorst .... sound editor
Nick Meijer .... sound mixer
Marc Nolens .... sound editor
Ad Roest .... foley mixer
Ad Roest .... foley recordist
Ad Roest .... sound re-recording mixer
Ad Roest .... sound
John Tak .... sound recordist
Tom Tholen .... sound recordist
Tom Tholen .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects chief technician
Joe Digaetano .... special effects coordinator
Carlos Paradela .... special effects makeup
Antonio Parra .... special effects chief technician
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mario De Barros .... assistant stunt coordinator
Solier Fagundez .... stunts
Juan Maján .... stunt coordinator
Joaquin Olivas .... stunts
José Panizo .... stunts
Javier Piementel .... stunts
José Sacristán .... stunts
Victoriano Terrón .... stunts
Camilo Vila .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter De Bont .... operator: second unit
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
José Luis Martínez .... gaffer (as Jose Luis Martinez)
Hugo Van Baren .... key grip
Robert Wiesmann .... assistant camera
Alexander Witt .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adoración Almela .... wardrober
Martín Díaz Porras .... wardrobe master
Martín Díaz Solaz .... wardrober
Isabel Díaz .... wardrober
Pablo Espinosa .... wardrober
Joaquín Montero .... wardrober
Isabel Perales .... wardrober
Delfín Prieto .... wardrober
Marina Rodríguez .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Genevieve Saifi .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Nick Hosker .... music editor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Basil Poledouris .... conductor
Jack Smalley .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
 
Other crew
Frans J. Afman .... motion picture banking
Paco Ardura .... horse master
Javier Chinchilla .... production assistant
Anastasio Díaz .... wrangler
Robert Easton .... dialect coach
Tom Elliott .... safety officer
Francisco González .... wrangler
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor
John L. Hargreaves .... post-production representative
Fabienne Hulsebos .... production secretary
Timoteo Navado .... wrangler
Susana Prieto .... production secretary
Carlos Alonzo Roco .... wrangler
Anthony Shaffer .... creative consultant
Lucas Uranga .... wrangler
Joyce van Rijn .... assistant to producer
 

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Runtime:
126 min | Netherlands:125 min | Sweden:117 min
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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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight.See more »
Quotes:
Hawkwood:I didn't see the damn thing!
Martin:I did sir
[helps Hawkwood]
Martin:.
Hawkwood:Bless you Martin, your reward is in heaven.
Martin:I'd rather get paid sooner sir if you don't mind.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Throughout the YearsSee more »

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72 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Machiavellian, Violent, Amoral and Hypnotic Adventure in the Middle Ages, 4 June 2005
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In 1501, in the Western Europe, in a period when the black plague is jeopardizing the populations, an army of mercenary peasants leaded by Martin (Rutger Hauer) fights side-by-side with the noble Arnolfini (Fernando Hilbeck) to retrieve his castle, with the promise of a huge reward. However, the band is betrayed by Arnolfini, and decides to pay him back, assaulting and stealing a caravan under the command of Arnolfini and his son and student, Steven (Tom Burlinson). In one of the wagon is traveling the fiancée of Steven, Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is accidentally kidnapped and later raped by the group. Agnes becomes Martin's mate, and the mercenaries decide to invade a castle, without knowing that the army of Arnolfini is chasing them.

"Flesh & Blood" is one of the best movies in the Middle Ages I have ever seen: it is a Machiavellian, violent, amoral and hypnotic adventure, indeed very brutal, with the peasants being poor and ignorant people, with dirty clothes, spoiled teeth, living in dirty and muddy villages. Therefore, a vision totally different from Hollywood movies, with fancy castles and villages with beautiful people. The direction of Paul Verhoven is efficient and perfect as usual, and the entire cast has magnificent and very natural performances, highlighting the amazing Rutger Hauer in the role of Martin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh who has one of her best performances, in the stunning role of a young woman that uses her body to fight for survival in a hostile environment. I have this movie on VHS, but I bought the DVD recently released in Brazil by the distributor Continental, and it was a worthwhile investment, since the widescreen image and the sound are excellent. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Conquista Sangrenta" ("Bloody Conquest")

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