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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:
Master of symbolism and storytelling 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:
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:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Throughout the YearsSee more »

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58 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
Master of symbolism and storytelling, 21 February 2005
Author: (amid77) from Israel

Almost everyone who knows who Paul Verhoeven is, takes his knowledge from his Hollywood pictures, starting from "Flesh & Blood". But the man was famous director in Holland in 70's with some really great movies, from which I especially recommend "Spetters", one time masterpiece with very disturbing scenes and amazing story.

"Flesh & Blood" was his first Hollywood project and I was glad to discover that Verhoeven keeps sharping his talent. The movie offers to viewers highly intense experience, I remember watching it on one breath, and occupies the mind with very powerful images and philosophical meanings.

There is nothing average, simple or normal in this film. Everithing is complex, deep and extreme. There is no action, no move, no look, no word, that exists here without reason and meaning. If there is such thing as mathematic movie, this is it.

But don't be confused by this word. It's not some dry and intellectual movie like Bergman's stuff. The story is very humane and it's easy to sympathize and understand everyone. There are tears, struggles, disappointments, happiness, dreams, violence, death and a lot of sex. (Young and nude Jennifer Jason Leigh - a must see)

Dramatic value of the film, with symbolic conflicts and incredible behavior of all characters, exists on very high level from the beginning till the end. There are many surprising moments, everything bound together by twisted but consistent internal logic.

The combination of interesting story, great acting, smart directing and high quality production, makes a brilliant and truly hypnotizing movie.

There is no single and simple way to describe this cinematic experience or to criticize it. The film has very rich meanings, questions and conclusions. It presents many problematic and sensitive situations, and does this in very direct and very exaggerated way, which makes the whole thing very symbolic and formalistic. Something that fits with Paul Verhoeven's other great works, and makes him such a special artist.

And if you managed to read and fully understand my review, no matter if you liked it or not, this movie is for you.

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