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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agent Griffin Hull
Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson ...
Vincent Chase ...
Edward March
Edmond Scott Ratliff ...
The Angel


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 »


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 USA:

$4,208,655, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,103,828, 9 June 2002
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bill Paxton's directorial debut. Allegedly, the title Frailty (which is never spoken in the film) refers not to the slow disintegration of the family, but to the very low budget for the movie. Lion's Gate considered changing the title to "God's Hands" (which is a phrase spoken in the film) but Paxton and writer Brent Hanley insisted against this. Ironically, the Brazilian title is 'A Mão do Diabo' (The Devil's Hand'). See more »


At 1:31:04 when viewing the FBI surveillance tape, the text reads PAL. PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line but it is not the video system used in North America. North American countries use NTSC. See more »


Dad: You can't make things like that up, son. Killing people is wrong, destroying demons is good. Don't worry, God will send you your own list when you're older.
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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 »


References Vertigo (1958) See more »


A Real Country Song
Performed by Dale Watson
Written by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Hightone Records
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Watson Texas Music (BMI), and Songs of Windswept Pacific
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Honestly, I never wanted this movie to End....
3 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

People have different perceptions when they evaluate movies. I will only tell you what I felt when I saw this Close to Masterpiece Motion Picture.

I must Highlist here, that I never wanted this movie to End. Never... I wanted it to be as long as my favorite movies were, Like Lord of the Rings - extended versions, Into the Wild, Dances with Wolves etc. But, it was not the case here.... Though the movie was short (with perspective to my wants) It still delivers what was needed from it in short span of time. But again this is what I believe. Anyways, I'll plot the outline like this....

A widowed father of two interrupts his two sons' sleep with a shocking revelation, which is hard to believe and they are torn apart of whether believing it or not......... As the horrifying events of this tale unfold, we learn a lot about the father, about his two sons, and about their destinies. So goes the story forward...

I watched it twice and I must say it was something I would like to watch again and again.

I really appreciate all the efforts of the Director put forward to make this Precious Art which doesn't come often. Really, it is hard to find such movies...

Anyways, If You haven't seen this movie, I really recommend you to go and see it,

I give it 9/10

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