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The Bone Collector (1999)

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A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Detective Kenny Solomon (as Mike McGlone)
Eddie Ortiz (as Luis Guzman)
Amelia's Boyfriend
Lieutenant Carl Hanson
Olivia Birkelund ...
Lindsay Rubin
Alan Rubin
James Bulleit ...
Train Engineer (as Jim Bulleit)
Frank Fontaine ...


Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Two cops on the trail of a brutal killer. They must see as one, they must act as one, they must think as one, before the next victim falls. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El coleccionista de huesos  »

Box Office


$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,712,020 (USA) (5 November 1999)


$66,488,090 (USA) (3 March 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Angelina Jolie has admitted in interviews she shot nude scenes for this movie but the director cut them feeling they distracted from the story. See more »


The view from the car window does not match the swerving you'd expect from Amelia's frantic steering and the screeching sound effects as she drives to the wife of the first victim. See more »


Richard Thompson: Do you know what happens to a cop in prison? You are brutalised every single day over and over... you become a human toilet.
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Well worth a look! Both Jolie and Washington are on form
9 March 2005 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

I've read quite a few comments on this movie and some of them I disagree with and others I don't. Sure, it may be a little predictable and a bit 'all been done before' but there is a certain level of originality and uniqueness to it also.

For starters it has a fantastic cast and both lead actors (Jolie and Washington)have won Oscars and thats says something. It can't be easy playing a paralysed man and remaining so still and wooden and he plays the frustrations and emotions so realistically that I would imagine a person actually would be like in real life. Jolie is charming, composed and works well with the camera. Her character is convincing enough and this goes for her performance.The support cast is fantastic too, especially Queen Latifa.

The film may have the usual iconographic elements found in the psychological thriller genre but they are necessary for it to firstly conform and also progress. 'The Bone Collector' introduces new techniques and a slightly different angle for the viewer. there has to be a certain amount of repetition with this genre for it to work and this is the case for many others, such as romantic comedies and a couple falling in love or teen flicks with a football jock character.

I am currently writing my degree dissertation on sexual subjectivity in psychological thrillers and this film is perfect for that. The changing levels of gendered representations is very interesting and both supports and detracts away from the current representations in society.

I say, give it a go! Don't listen to people who have already seen it and didn't like it. If I'd have done that then I wouldn't have given it a go and my dissertation would have been short of argument!

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