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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$9,488,998 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Second and final of just two features films [to date, September 2013] directed by Steve Kloves. The first had been about four years earlier with 1989's The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). Both pictures had titles that only contained words (other than articles) which began with the letters 'B' and 'F'. See more »


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Waitress: Unless that little pastry inside comes with a bicycle pump and two sisters, there ain't gonna be a farm animal safe for three counties tonight.
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Haunting and lovely
16 August 2003 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Arlis (Dennis Quaid) is a vending machine owner who roams from town to town in West Texas. Greatly disturbed by horrific memories from his childhood, Arlis fails to connect with the women he meets. He prefers trysts with married women where no strings are attached. All of this changes the day Arlis meets Kay (Meg Ryan). Running away from an abusive and spendthrift husband, Kay encounters Arlis in a bar under amusing circumstances. Soon after, she is traveling with him on his circuit and they are falling in love. Bliss, however, is short. Arlis' evil father (James Caan) re-enters the life of his son and Arlis must once again suffer the consequences of the ties that bind them. Will it be possible for Arlis to break free from his past and begin a new life with Kay?

This is, truly, one of the most haunting films ever made. The story is a multi-faceted study of the nature of good and evil. Quaid and Ryan give such depth to their doomed and complex characters that the viewer stays mesmerized as the story unfolds. Caan, too, is a wonder as the bad-to-the-bone father. As for the sweeping and lovely cinematography, it perfectly realizes the beauty and desolation that is west Texas. The final scenes are guaranteed to put a lump in anyone's throat, tears included. Recommended highly for discriminating movie fans everywhere.

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