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Frailty (2001)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  12 April 2002 (USA)
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A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
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FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel required him and his brother Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. And how hard an dangerously revolting proved. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesomely. Written by KGF Vissers

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Like Father, Like Sons/Sins See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dämonisch  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,208,655 (USA) (12 April 2002)


$36,288 (South Africa) (4 October 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bill Paxton mentions in the director commentary at 54:19 "We couldn't really dig it [the hole] that deep .. unless it's reinforced, so actually in this shot [54:31] I'm on my knees and kind of making it look like I'm standing up to make the hole look deeper and of course there's a little mound there [at the lip of the hole]." See more »


When the boys are in bed at 13:04, Adam says "Goodnight, Curtis" to his pet millipede in a jar, not to his brother Fenton. See more »


Agent Wesley Doyle: You'll never get away with this!
Adam Meiks: God will protect me.
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Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »


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Not your typical God fearing man.
13 April 2002 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

A very promising directorial debut for Bill Paxton. A very dark thriller/who-really-done-it recommended by Stephen King. This is a strong, well-conceived horror tale about a devout, but demented man in Thurman, Texas that goes on a murdering spree after getting orders from God to eliminate demons trying to control mankind. A couple of plot twists and an eerie finale makes for your moneys worth. Most of the violence you don't really see, but still enough to double up your stomach.

Director Paxton plays the twisted man to be known as the Hand of God Killer. Matthew McConaughey is equally impressive as the demented man's eldest son that ends up telling this story to a Dallas FBI Agent(Powers Boothe). Boothe, as always, is solid and flawless. Suspenseful white knuckler! Highly recommended.

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