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The Bone Collector (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  5 November 1999 (USA)
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Denzel Washington plays a quadriplegic homicide detective. He and his female partner track down a serial killer.

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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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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 »


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

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Also Known As:

El coleccionista de huesos  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£816,104 (UK) (14 January 2000)

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

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Amelia's case seems to make its own way around the tunnels when she goes to examine the body that was steamed to death. See more »

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Richard Thompson: Some people win... some people lose... the game is over.
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Good thriller; didn't understand the bad reviews
4 February 2000 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – See all my reviews

One time, when I was about 11 years old, I rented a film called "The Silence of the Lambs", and... Wow! I can't describe the the feelings I had. It was the best film I had seen till that moment, and it is on my mind until today.

In my opinion, this was the inspiration for all the other thrillers which came out after 1991, specially those ones with a serial killer. Some time after that, I rented "Se7en", which was for me wicked, claustrophobic (in the good way), brilliant, almost as good as "The Silence of the Lambs". Taking those two films, almost all the other serial killer thrillers were a big waste, specially "Kiss the Girls". However, "The Bone Collector" was released in 1999. But, for some reason, it received many bad reviews. I really don't agree with them.

The theme of "The Bone Collector", despite the fact that it has already been used in many other films, is really interesting. I won't say much about it to preserve your entertaining, but I can say it is very suspenseful, dark, well-written, well-directed and well-acted. Denzel Washington gives another great performance as the paralitic detective, but the big star is really Angelina Jolie. She's very, very pretty and talented, and has a GREAT future. She has been keeping my attention since the TV movie "Gia", and surprised me last year in the wonderful "Playing By Heart". I'm very glad that she won the Golden Globe for "Girl, Interrupted", and I hope she wins the Oscar for that part. Angelina deserves it for walk one more step on her brilliant career. Her acting in "The Bone Collector" is not different. Her dialogues with Denzel Washington in the film are intense and provoking, and without her the film would have been a little lost.

So, when you see "The Bone Collector", try to forget the bad reviews and have fun. It is not "The Silence of the Lambs". It is not "Se7en". But it is a fine film if you want to feel your hands cold and your heart beating fast. And appreciate Angelina's beauty.

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