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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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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


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in December 1999. See more »


When Dective Kenny Solomon checks on Ameila at her apartment, he enters through her kitchen window. After he enters the window is shut. Then they go into the next room and you see the window open in the background. See more »


Amelia: Shit! Cheney's here.
[puts the evidences into her pocket]
Captain Howard Cheney: You talking to Rhyme on that thing? Give me the radio. Now, listen, Linc. This is Cheney, man. What the hell do you think you're doing? Stealing evidence is a goddamn felony. You know that.
Lincoln Rhyme: To my understanding, there's no chain of evidence voucher.
Captain Howard Cheney: Oh, yeah? Well, I got some news for you. You are not a cop anymore. You understand that? What you are is a fucking meddling cripple. Now, I'm gonna place your little gofer here under arrest. ...
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Referenced in Juno (2007) See more »


Written by Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries
Performed by Craig Armstrong
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited/Melankolic
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Good film, no wasted time
11 October 2000 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I am one of those older folks who doesn't care for the kind of movies that are made these days. As such, my movie watching is generally confined to old classic films ala TCM and AMC. But, I do subscribe to all of the premium channels via DirecTV and, occasionally, watch a newer film if the plot synopsis appears to be one that I may be able to tolerate. I have read all of the previous reviews of this film on the IMDB and find them very interesting. Many of the reviews mention a movie titled "Seven". I have never heard of, much less seen, "Seven". I consider this fact to be a fortunate one because I was able to watch "The Bone Collector" without having to constantly compare it to a previous film. In short, I liked this movie. I was entertained royally precisely because I didn't take the story line too seriously. There was not much time wasted on character development. GOOD !! I don't need to know why the characters became the persons that they are. I simply want them to get on with whatever they must do. Another thing that I liked was the lack of sex scenes, which seem to be almost a necessity it today's movies. The two leads did a great job and their chemistry was excellent. Mr. Washington and Ms. Jolie were very believable. The killer? No big deal. I couldn't have cared less who did the killings. I simply waited for justice to be done. In short, I don't agree with any of the harsh criticism that I have read on this forum. I guess that's because I am a rather down to earth person who has no need to turn watching a movie into an academic exercise, complete with thorough analysis of character motivation, etc.

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