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Writer (WGA):
Steve Kloves (written by)
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5 November 1993 (USA) See more »
Evil is patient
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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"Flesh and Bone," an artistically told story in the Texas Outback, gives us a cultural peek at ways of life we would probably not encounter otherwise... See more (38 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Julia McNeal ... Sarah Willets (as Julia Mueller)
Ron Kuhlman ... Clem Willets
Jerry Swindall ... Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls ... Scotty Willets

James Caan ... Roy Sweeney

Dennis Quaid ... Arlis Sweeney
Ez Perez ... Boy in Suit
Craig Erickson ... Tiny Ted

Barbara Alyn Woods ... Cindy

Gwyneth Paltrow ... Ginnie

Joe Berryman ... Plump Man

Meg Ryan ... Kay Davies

Scott Wilson ... Elliot
James N. Harrell ... Woody
Gerardo Johnson ... Juan
Héctor García ... Nestor
Betsy Brantley ... Peg

John Hawkes ... Groom

Vic Polizos ... Pudge Riley
Nik Hagler ... Earl
Travis Baker ... Sullen Kid
Christopher Rydell ... Reese Davies

Angie Bolling ... Woman with Crying Baby

Joe Stevens ... Kyle

Libby Villari ... Waitress

Gail Cronauer ... Emma
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Bob Howard ... Groomsman (uncredited)

Buck Reynolds ... Groom's Best Friend (uncredited)

E. Parker Webb ... Diner Cook (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steve Kloves 
Writing credits
Steve Kloves (written by)

Produced by
G. Mac Brown .... co-producer
Shari Hamrick .... associate producer
Sydney Pollack .... executive producer
Mark Rosenberg .... producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Newman 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Mia Goldman 
Casting by
Juel Bestrop 
Risa Bramon Garcia 
Production Design by
Jon Hutman 
Art Direction by
Charles William Breen  (as Charles Breen)
Set Decoration by
Samara Schaffer 
Costume Design by
Elizabeth McBride 
Makeup Department
Colleen Callaghan .... hair stylist: Meg Ryan
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Meg Ryan
Dorothy J. Pearl .... makeup artist
David Whitley .... special makeup effects
J.M. Logan .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
G. Mac Brown .... unit production manager
Sara Romilly .... post-production supervisor
Michael Tadross .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cara Giallanza .... first assistant director
Marge Piane .... second assistant director
Jordan Stone .... second second assistant director
Christine A. Tope .... dga trainee (as Christine Tope)
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Charles Bates .... carpenter
Greg Benge .... property assistant
Beth Bernstein .... art department coordinator
Mark Lambert Bristol .... storyboard artist
Marcus Brown .... set dresser (as Marcus Lee Brown)
Christopher Carlson .... assistant property master
Gary Diamond .... assistant art director
Tom Dreesen .... construction coordinator
Peter J. Durand .... scenic painter
Neil Gahm .... carpenter
Neil Gahm .... propmaker
Trish Gallaher Glenn .... property master (as Trisha B Gallaher)
Donald Gross .... carpenter (as Don Gross)
Kim F. Hawkins .... carpenter (as Kim Hawkins)
John R. Helton .... painter
W.S. Hickey .... carpenter
Jerry King .... set dresser
Mike Alexis Koellner .... scenic painter
John D. Kretschmer .... lead man
Thomas Lemman .... construction foreman (as Tom Lemman)
Karen Luzius .... property buyer
Patricia Malone .... assistant art decorator (as Patty Malone)
David Menefee .... carpenter foreman
Larry Misselhorn .... greensperson
James F. Oñate .... scenic foreperson (as James Onate)
Darren Patnode .... set dresser
Shane Patrick .... set dresser
Ricky Riggs .... scenic painter (as Richard Riggs)
Jeff Schwan .... set dresser (as J.P. Schwan)
Joe Self .... set dresser
Lisa K. Sessions .... set dresser
Brian Stultz .... scenic chargeman
Kelly Stultz .... scenic painter (as Kelly Brett Stultz)
Chris Telschow .... carpenter
Jack Thorpe .... construction foreman (as Jack Thorpe III)
Hap Weaver .... greensperson
Robert K. Weinberger .... lead carpenter
Sound Department
David A. Arnold .... supervising foley editor
Joan Chamberlain .... sound recordist
Simon Coke .... sound effects editor
Joe Dorn .... adr supervisor
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Ann Hadsell .... sound recordist
Robin Harlan .... foley artist
Scott Hecker .... supervising sound editor
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... cable person
Sarah Jacobs .... foley artist
Samuel F. Kaufman .... sound recordist (as Sam Kaufman)
Doug Kent .... first assistant sound editor
Andrea Lakin .... sound recordist
Gary Lewis .... dialogue editor
Melissa Lytle .... assistant adr editor
Pat McCormick .... dialogue editor
Danny Michael .... sound mixer
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Ruberg .... adr mixer
Adam Sawelson .... sound editor
Andrew Schmetterling .... boom operator
Steve F.B. Smith .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Smith)
Bruce Tanis .... sound effects editor
Jeff Timbs .... daily sound transferer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert A. Goodson .... special effects assistant
Charles Grimes .... special effects assistant
Margaret Johnson .... special effects supervisor
Stephen Johnston .... special effects assistant
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Andy Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Brad Bovee .... stunt double (as Bradley Bovee)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Alexonis .... grip
James Babineaux .... assistant chief lighting technician
Steve Belsky .... grip
Allan Bullard .... grip (as Allan J. Bullard)
George M. Chappell .... electrician
Jack English .... gaffer
Bill Finger .... additional second assistant camera
Scott Graves .... set lighting technician
J. Steven Latham .... second assistant camera
Victoria J. Lowe .... additional first assistant camera (as Victoria Lowe)
Anastas N. Michos .... camera operator: "a" camera
Ted Morris .... first assistant camera
Daniel Murphy .... rigging gaffer
Brian W. Nordheim .... camera loader
Jesse Wayne Parker .... second company grip (as Wayne Parker)
C. Alan Rawlins .... first company grip
Greg Reim .... camera crane operator
John Schissler .... camera car operator
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
C. Ashley Sudge .... dolly grip (as Charles Ashley Sudge)
Peter J. Verrando .... 24 frame video operator
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas (as Elizabth Keigley)
Sari E. Keigley .... extras casting
Mary Vernieu .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Abbey .... wardrobe assistant (as Anne Abbey)
Rosemary E. Bengele .... wardrobe assistant
Mary Ellen Fields .... wardrobe assistant
Susan Kistler .... wardrobe buyer
Taneia Lednicky .... assistant costume designer
Eva Prappas .... set costumer
Kimmie Rhodes .... wardrobe buyer
Renee Shearer .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Jim Makiej .... assistant editor
Mike Milliken .... color timer (as Mike Millikan)
Heather Persons .... assistant editor
Anthony Sherin .... second editor
Music Department
Bill Bernstein .... music editor
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
George Doering .... musician
Norman Ludwin .... musician (bass)
Jill Meyers .... music clearance
Leslie Morris .... orchestra manager
Maria Newman .... musician
Thomas Pasatieri .... orchestrator
Joel Sill .... music consultant
John Vigran .... music scoring mixer
Transportation Department
Cecil D. Evans .... transportation captain
Jerry McKnight .... transportation coordinator
Phil Schriber .... transportation co-captain
Bobby Sconci .... driver
Joe Self .... driver
Other crew
Ellie Archer .... set assistant
Alexis Arnold .... assistant production coordinator
Doris Barker .... location manager: Monahans, TX
Charles Bartlett .... adr loop artist
Charles Bazaldua .... adr loop artist
Samuel Bokebza .... first accountant
Sue Bokobza .... head accountant
Caroline Brock .... location assistant
Doug Burch .... adr loop artist
Kevin Richard Buxbaum .... production accountant
Anne Carr .... key set medic
Andrew D. Cooke .... location manager
James Crowley .... location assistant
Patrika Darbo .... adr loop artist
Brady Dial .... production office assistant
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop artist (as Judi Durand)
Patrick Gillis .... set assistant
Craig Glaser .... craft service
Aaron Goldstein .... post-production office assistant
Javier Grajeda .... adr loop artist
Diane Gunderson .... set assistant
Barbara Harris .... adr loop artist (as Barbara Iley)
Patti Hawn .... unit publicist
Beau Holden .... assistant: Dennis Quaid
Leah Holmes .... post-production accountant
Edward A. Ioffreda .... production associate
Derek E. Johansen .... key production assistant (as Derek Johansen)
Kris Kearney .... sewer (as Kristine Kearney)
Linda Labov .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Jamie Megan Mascena .... accounting assistant
Elizabeth Maxwell .... assistant chef
Michael Maxwell .... head chef
Heather McClellan .... production office assistant
Emily Milder .... assistant: Mr. Kloves
Ken Miller .... police security
Bob Neill .... adr loop artist
Valerie E. Norman .... script supervisor
Marina Pincus .... adr loop artist
Karen Prince .... animal wrangler (as Karen Holst Prince)
Noreen Reardon .... adr loop artist
Michelle Romaine .... assistant location manager
Jeanie Barker Scott .... location assistant: Texas
Mark Shelby .... location assistant
Suzanne Sherrill .... assistant: Mr. Caan
John Stobaugh .... location assistant
Loring Sumner .... assistant: Mr. Rosenberg
Robert W. Terrill .... craft service
Greg Webb .... adr loop artist
Eric A. Williams .... assistant location manager
Mari-Jo Winkler .... production coordinator (as Mari Jo Winkler)
Stuart Yates .... set assistant
Joe Rose .... caterer (uncredited)
Mark Rosenberg .... in memory of

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and a scene of intense violence
126 min | Germany:116 min (TV version)
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Producer Mark Rosenberg at the age of 44 died of a heart attack on the set in Stanton, Texas. The film is dedicated to him.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Roy is shot in the heart at the end of the film, a small circle of blood forms around the bullet hole in his shirt. Later, when the body is shown again, the blood stain hasn't expanded in size. A real shot to the heart would have caused massive bleeding in a very short time, resulting in a greatly enlarged blood stain.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.See more »
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17 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
"Flesh and Bone," an artistically told story in the Texas Outback, gives us a cultural peek at ways of life we would probably not encounter otherwise..., 2 July 2000

"Flesh and Bone," with it's superb actors and their portrayals of an artistically told story in the Texas Outback, gives us a cultural peek at ways of life we would probably not encounter otherwise while solving a crime mystery and telling a cowboy's love story.

Haunted by his childhood, Arlis, so realistically portrayed by Dennis Quaid, reveals to us what being a cowboy is about. Running his business across West Texas with his memories, his devil on his heels, Arlis triumphs and beats his flesh and bone genetics. His double star-crossed love for the same child and woman unfolds as the story is told and he becomes a lonesome hero worthy of his lone star.

Gwyneth Paltrow's acting talents can be seen as she makes you believe she is Ginnie, a waiflike con seemingly devoid of any feelings other than borderline necrophilia and spiteful nastiness.

James Caan, as Roy, is Arlis' cruel father and Ginnie's old-enough-to-be-her-grandfather lover. Caan plays the the villain of both the past and the present with a calculated coldness that literally makes his eyes sparkle. (Watch for it!) Roy will make you ever thankful for the your own father who raised you, and your respect for and understanding of his son Arlis grows with the movie.

Meg Ryan makes us want to embrace Kay, the drunken but lovely cake dancer caught in an abusive marriage but who falls in love with cowboy Arlis. Ryan works her magic portraying Kay as a gentle, sometimes-intelligent, sometimes-naive soul who has been down on her luck since a fateful night before her first birthday but who still manages to smile at the world and believe in hope.

Caan's and Paltrow's characters, people who we pray we never meet, come off with a game playing realness that makes us remember why we lock our doors in our motel rooms and our homes. This uneasiness is balanced by the empathy we have for Ryan's and Quaid's good to the bone characters.

Never has a cowboy's love been better explained than in Dennis Quaid's face in the final moments of the film.

Four four-star performances by four top actor, this overlooked movie will become a classic someday in the near future.

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