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Flesh+Blood -- An attempted political overthrow in Northern Italy fails, causing most of the mercenaries hired by the coup leaders to flee. For Martin (Rutger Hauer) this is not the case, he intends to rob his duplicitous former employer Arnolfini (Fernando Hillbeck). Using a stolen religious artifact as a talisman, Martin raises his own army. He later abducts Arnolfini's future daughter-in-law Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who evades gang rape by professing eternal devotion to her captor. Along with a deadly plague, weeks of plunder and destruction follow.

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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 »
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i haven't written a review in a long time....had to come back and write up this one See more (101 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)

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
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
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
Joaquín Olías .... stunts (as Joaquin Olivas)
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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Certification:
Australia:R | Brazil:16 | Finland:K-16 (1996) | Finland:K-18 (1986) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video rating) | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) (1986) (cut) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:R (cut) | USA:X (original rating) | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
Paul Verhoeven decided for the first time not to storyboard the entire movie and adopt a more improvisational style of directing; a decision that he quickly regretted, given the enormously complex nature of the production.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: There was no organized search for truth through skeptical thinking in the early 1500's. That came well after Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) first began to question the teachings of the Greeks (Aristotle, Plato).See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Writing Flesh and Blood (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Throughout the YearsSee more »

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72 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
i haven't written a review in a long time....had to come back and write up this one, 29 January 2005
Author: chickyfornia from United States

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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