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Frailty (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."

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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. 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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Only The Innocent Survive See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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12 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Dämonisch  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$13,103,828 (USA) (7 June 2002)
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Trivia

Osama bin Laden appears in the lower-right-hand corner of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List featured toward the end of the movie (at around 1h 30 mins). See more »

Goofs

When Agent Hull comes in Fenton's house, he sees the cork-board with Fenton's victim list. When it is first shown, the list is pinned up straight, with about a couple of inches of cork-board visible under it. However, when the list is seen again, it is slightly tilted, and pinned directly above a picture (with cork-board no longer visible). See more »

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[In the Rose Garden we hear Young Adam dumping the remains of the demon Cynthia Harbridge into the hole]
Dad: No, Adam. Do it like this.
[Dad correctly shows Adam to pour the limbs out of the bag and into the hole]
Dad: It's got to be done a certain way. The Angel was real specific.
Young Adam: [Fenton cries next to them] Why out here in the Rose Garden?
Dad: God chose it, just like he chose us, I suppose. Don't cry for her, Fenton! She wasn't human. Didn't you see that when I touched her?
Young Adam: I saw it, Dad!
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Crazy Credits

Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »

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Featured in Anatomy of a Scene: Frailty (2002) See more »

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(There Will Be) Peace In The Valley For Me
Written by Thomas A. Dorsey
Arrangement by Johnny Cash (as John R. Cash)
Performed by Johnny Cash
Courtesy of Mercury Records
Published by Song of Cash, Inc. (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
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This is a must see! A haunting and thought provoking tale - with some excellent acting thrown in the mix!
14 December 2004 | by (Pittsburgh, Pa) – See all my reviews

I had to see this gem twice to really appreciate all of it. When a widowed father of two interrupts his two sons' sleep with a shocking revelation, they are torn between believing him and not. As the horrifying events of this tale unfold, we learn a lot about the father, about his two sons, and about their destinies. With shocking twist after shocking twist, this film never allows for a lull in the plot. Bill Paxton plays the father, but the most notable performances are that of his older son, Fenton, played by Matthew O'Leary and his younger son, Adam, played by Jeremy Sumpter. This is one of the best thrillers that I have seen in a while, and you will want to watch this a few times to appreciate every intricate aspect of the plot. I give this film a 9/10.


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