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Flesh and Bone (1993)

Around thirty years after Arlis witnessed 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 ... See full summary »

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Julia McNeal ...
Sarah Willets (as Julia Mueller)
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Clem Willets
Jerry Swindall ...
Young Arlis
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Ez Perez ...
Boy in Suit
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Cindy
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Plump Man
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Elliot
James N. Harrell ...
Woody
Gerardo Johnson ...
Juan
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Around thirty years after Arlis witnessed 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

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Evil is patient

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

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5 November 1993 (USA)  »

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A Força de um Passado  »

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$9,488,998
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Trivia

Dennis Quaid and his brother Randy had previously turned down the roles of Jack Baker and Frank Baker in Steve Kloves' earlier film The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Kay holds a revolver a bullet inside the cylinder appears, disappears and then reappears. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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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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A Classic Film Noir
17 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

You will never see Meg Ryan in a role like this. She was phenomenal and it is unfortunate she did not get more roles like this. Dennis Quaid and Gwyneth Paltrow were also excellent and these three make the film worth watching. James Caan is fine, but his role is so one- dimensional that no actor can do much with it, and indeed he didn't.

This film is a must see because of the characters. The plot is compelling and very dark, but the characters shine through and illuminate each other in a way that is unique because each character has dimensions that are not explained. Paltrow's character seems like a throwaway, but may be the most important of all. If I were teaching a course on film, I would select this one and ask the students to explain why it works. I usually think I know why a film is excellent, and yet after this film ended, I knew I could not put it into words. The purpose of this review is to suggest you watch this one if you get a chance because you may love it. Most who watched this movie were pleased but unenthusiastic. This film is much, much better than the 6.2 rating it had when I checked.


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