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The Bone Collector (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  5 November 1999 (USA)
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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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Detective Kenny Solomon (as Mike McGlone)
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Lindsay Rubin
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Train Engineer (as Jim Bulleit)
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Grandfather
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Storyline

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>

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Serial killer vs. forensic genius See more »


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

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5 November 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El coleccionista de huesos  »

Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$66,488,090 (USA) (3 March 2000)
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Christopher Crowe worked on rewrites of the script. See more »

Goofs

When Amelia must investigate the Navy Street Station for evidence, she descends into a subway tunnel. However, the old Navy Street Station in New York City was actually an elevated, above-ground station. See more »

Quotes

Amelia: [shows evidence bags] Maybe this'll help.
Lincoln Rhyme: Cheney will have your badge for that.
Amelia: Well, he wouldn't give me a chain of custody voucher, so what could I do?
Lincoln Rhyme: You could bring it back to him.
Amelia: The man is a living monument to ineptitude.
Lincoln Rhyme: True. Let's take a look.
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References Copycat (1995) See more »

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The Touch (Le Toucher)
Written by George Acogny, Mitsou, Kamil Rustam
Performed by Mitsou
Mitsou appears courtesy of Generation Records
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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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