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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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Like Father, Like Sons/Sins 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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$11,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,208,655 (USA) (14 April 2002)

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$13,103,828 (USA) (9 June 2002)
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Bill Paxton used the same beer can the entire filming of the movie because they could only find one Hamm's beer can like that from 1979. The can was "opened" off-camera and a sound effect added for popping its top (director commentary at 52:21). See more »

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At 4:21 when Doyle looks at the board, under the red picture the lower right photograph depicts a woman, her arms hanging out to the right edge of the picture. Before and after the shot, this photograph is a row down. See more »

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Dad: I never killed a man before tonight.
Young Fenton: I've seen you kill plenty.
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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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References Vertigo (1958) See more »

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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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A Great Debut of Bill Paxton as Director in a Very Scary Low-Budget Movie
26 October 2003 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Matthew McConaughey is a mysterious man waiting for Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) in his FBI office. He claims to have information about a serial killer chased by FBI. When Agent Doyle arrives in the office, he tells him that the serial killer is indeed his dead brother. Agent Doyle requests some evidence, and the man tells the story of his life, since his childhood. They were a simple family of three: his widow father Meiks (Bill Paxton), his brother and himself. One night, his father gathers the two brothers and tells them that an angel of God had just visited him and assigned his family to destroy demons. What happens next is one of the most scary movie I have ever seen.

I watched this movie four months ago on VHS, and yesterday I watched again, now on DVD. Although being a low-budget movie, the screenplay is sharp, with no flaw. The cast is outstanding, but I would like to highlight the performance of Matt O'Leary as the young Felton. It is a very difficult and complex role to be performed by a young teenager. The direction of Bill Paxton is remarkable. There is no explicit violence in this horror movie. A great debut behind the camera. I regret the Brazilian title of this movie: 'A Mão do Diabo' (The Devil's Hand'). If at least it were 'The God's Hand', it might be acceptable. But calling this movie as 'the devil's hand' is indeed ridiculous. Brent Hanley, the screenwriter, did not deserve such a lack of respect from the Brazilian distributor. This film is highly recommended. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mão do Diabo" ("The Devil's Hand")


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