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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 <>

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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Benjamin Hickey (Dr. Barry Lehman) and Luis Guzmán (Eddie Ortiz) also co-starred with Denzel Washington in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3", (2009). See more »


When Rhyme has had everyone set up in his home and they are working on finding the wife, every scene in his apartment shows it to be storming quite heavily outside but when Amelia and the other detectives step outside it is a bright sunny day. See more »


Thelma: Just give it a few seconds to work. Come on, breathe with me. Breathe with me, Rhyme. Rhyme! Come on, now... Hang on, Rhyme. Hang on, man.
Amelia: Is he gonna make it?
Thelma: If he does, he won't be happy.
Amelia: What are you talking about?
Thelma: He's already finalized arrangements to self-terminate... He's got some doctor friend to help with his "final transition" as he calls it.
Amelia: But suicide? I mean...
Thelma: It's the seizures. Any one of them could put him into a vegetative state. That's what he fears more than anything.
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References Se7en (1995) See more »


Don't Give Up
Written by Peter Gabriel
Performed by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of Real world Records, Virgin Records and Geffen Records
Kate Bush appears courtesy of EMI Records
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Dark, suspenseful thriller worth seeing
7 July 2001 | by (Washington State, USA) – See all my reviews

Denzel Washington plays a former cop who is injured in the line of duty and becomes a crime scene investigator and expert witness in the service of law firms. Angelina Jolie plays a cop who is struggling to find a place within a male-dominated police culture, and shows a talent for crime scene investigation, which Denzel's character immediately recognizes and appreciates, since he is bedridden and physically unable to go to most crime scenes. She is reluctant to get involved, but does wind up grudgingly serving as his eyes and ears as they try to follow clues left by a serial killer who gives clues about his next victims and taunts them and the police.

While Denzel's character is almost too brilliant to be believable, if you can overlook that you should thoroughly enjoy this movie. Denzel and Angelina, together with cops of varying competence, try to follow the clues given to them by the serial killer, who gives them clues before the killing actually occurs.

Most people who enjoy a dark, suspenseful movie (such as Silence of the Lambs) should thoroughly enjoy this movie.

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