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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


Serial killer vs. forensic genius 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?


In Jeffery Deaver's novel Angelina Jolie's character Amelia Donaghy was named Amelia Sachs. The filmmakers changed it because it "sounded a lot like 'sex'". 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 »


Paulie: [Amelia drives the car screeching from lane to lane] Jesus Christ! I'd like to get there in one piece, if possible.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Windows (2015) See more »


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Quite a fine thriller.
12 June 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

I was very pleasantly surprised at this film. Denzel Washington proves again that he can handle any role that he chooses to play. In this case, he plays homicide inspector, Lincoln Rhyme who has been nearly paralyzed after suffering from an accident in the line of duty. But now, when a mysterious killer begins killing off people in a very peculiar matter, he must team with a hard-headed rookie cop (Angelina Jolie) to solve the crimes. Supporting cast includes Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser and Ed O'Neil.

I like the way they have the killer as an intelligent person. Someone who has a knowledge of what he is doing. And the way he leaves clues for the cops to follow. To come up with something this perfect, you must a genius. While not really scary, this suspense thriller is actually thrilling as opposed to the many number of "thrillers" that are not even thrilling. (Example: HANGMAN). Thank you Hollywood for giving us THE BONE COLLECTOR. This is a good one. Highly recommended.....5/5.

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