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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
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Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls ...
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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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Star billing: Dennis Quaid (first), Meg Ryan (second), James Caan (third), and Gwyneth Paltrow (fourth). See more »

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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 »

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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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Blue Moon
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Underrated Gem
17 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Flesh and Bone" remains to be one of the great films of the nineties, sitting alongside "Bright Angel" as one of the decade's most tragically neglected classics. Perhaps the fact it contains such a high degree of subtlety was why it wasn't appreciated when it was first released, the most frequently stated criticism being that its climax is dramatically unsatisfying, yet its somber ending works perfectly. Outside of "Hurlyburly" it is unquestionably Meg Ryan's finest performance, the same going for Quaid who gives his character a quiet desperation that becomes quite devastating by the end. Caan is great as always, but it is Paltrow who really impresses, playing a role bereft of the sugary sweetness that plagued the majority of her roles that followed. Scott Wilson also shines in a small but memorable role. "Flesh and Bone" may never receive the attention it deserves, which is a shame because it is unquestionably a lyrical masterpiece, beautifully shot and acted, recalling those low-key gems of the seventies like "The Rain People". Highly recommended.


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