Flesh and Bone (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  5 November 1993 (USA)
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Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McNeal ...
Sarah Willets (as Julia Mueller)
Ron Kuhlman ...
Clem Willets
Jerry Swindall ...
Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls ...
Scotty Willets
Roy Sweeney
Arlis Sweeney
Ez Perez ...
Boy in Suit
Craig Erickson ...
Tiny Ted
Plump Man
Kay Davies
James N. Harrell ...
Gerardo Johnson ...


Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, but when his father returns, old wounds are reopened. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Evil is patient


Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and a scene of intense violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Força de um Passado  »

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Box Office


$9,488,998 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Billing: Dennis Quaid (1st), Meg Ryan (2nd), James Caan (3rd) and Gwyneth Paltrow (4th). See more »


When Arliss looks at the photo of Kay's family, the photo shown in the first shot is not the same photo as that shown a few seconds later in the close-up. In the close-up, the trees are gone from the background, the baby's hand is outstretched and you can clearly see the mother's face. See more »


Kay: I figure the bed's one of those vibratin' numbers, so that explains all the quarters. Nobody could possibly fancy pretzel twists that much so I reckon you won some kinda weird contest. As for the condoms, well, either you got a yen for cheerleadin' squads or we had the night of all nights, whatever, there's an explanation. As for the blue chicken, I need a little help with that one.
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Featured in Hollywood's Leading Ladies with David Sheehan (1993) See more »


Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Courtesy of EMI Records Group/EMI Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Why I Liked This Movie
26 July 2004 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

A friend gave me this tape a few weeks ago, it did not have a cover and I had never heard of it. I was surprised to see who starred in it. Meg Ryan is one of my favorite actresses. She did a real good job of making this part come alive. But I still think the biggest surprise was seeing James Caan play a role without any feeling. He really was evil in this role and was believable as this person. The movie itself really makes you think that whatever you do will eventually come back to haunt you no matter what you do. I also liked Gwyneth Paltrow in the role of a thief, but I wished that I knew why she did the things that she did. And why she would stay with a man that was pure evil. I guess that is what makes the movie so thought provoking. I'm glad that a friend gave this to me to watch, because if I had seen the title I would have thought it was a horror movie. I have since talked other friends into watching it and all have liked it. I would recommend this movie to anyone.

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