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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:
Incredibly (and intentionally) sordid medieval romp. 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: When Captain Hawkwood is announcing to the mercenaries that Arnolfini is reneging on the promise of reward, the cannons that he is standing behind, as if ready to fire them at the mercenaries, are 19th-century "parrot guns" used during the American Civil War.See more »
Quotes:
Martin:Let's see if this angel bleeds!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Writing Flesh and Blood (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Throughout the YearsSee more »

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26 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly (and intentionally) sordid medieval romp., 15 April 2006
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

Director Paul Verhoeven has always enjoyed shocking his audience with violence, sex, gore and filth. This love of all things sordid can be traced right back to his European films of the '70s. In Flesh + Blood, his English-language debut, Verhoeven delights in pushing back a few Hollywood boundaries and serving up a medieval romp that alternately intrigues and disgusts. While it is most definitely not everyone's cup of tea, Flesh + Blood is never boring.... and certainly shows the plague-ridden period in a more authentic light than most films that have gone before.

In Western Europe during the early 16th Century, a gang of mercenaries led by the charismatic Martin (Rutger Hauer) help a nobleman to win back control of his city. The nobleman (Fernando Hillbeck) promises that they may take loot from his city if they help him. but once the battle reaches a favourable conclusion he goes back on his word and banishes the mercenaries to the wild. Martin's gang return for revenge and discover that the nobleman's son, Steven (Tom Burlinson), is to be married to a virginal princess named Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The mercenaries kidnap Agnes and head off with her, leaving young Steven to lament his loss. Agnes is abused and tormented by her captors, and ultimately raped by Martin himself, but she gives the impression that she is actually enjoying her ordeal. Martin falls in love with her and takes her as his "official" lover, making a home for her and the band in a nearby castle. Meanwhile, Steven enlists an old soldier, Hawkwood (Jack Thompson) - once a colleague of Martin's - and together they plan a way of rescuing the princess from the clutches of the mercenaries.

Flesh + Blood is full of deliberate unpleasantness. Rotting corpses hang from trees; a stillborn baby is crudely stuffed into a barrel and buried in a puddle; gang rape reigns supreme; heads and torsos are impaled on lances; nuns are disfigured and murdered; a plague-ridden dog is dismembered and its body parts used for a primitive form of germ warfare. Verhoeven is clearly having a ball rubbing our noses in all this dirt, and he somehow encourages his well-known cast to enter into the vile proceedings with full-blooded gusto. The problem is that the story is not all that compelling and takes a long time to play out to its obvious conclusion. There are occasional foolish moments that mar credibility too, such as the scene where Steven's soldiers build an unbelievably complex assault contraption overnight (a scene which hilariously reminds one of The A-Team!), and the bit where Martin spends several hours in a poisoned well but climbs out uninfected, while other members of his band drop down stricken merely by drinking a sip of the same water. Flesh + Blood is ultra-violent, ultra-brutal and ultra-sordid, so you'll need to be in a certain frame of mind to enjoy it. In other words, it's admirable but not enjoyable.

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