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Bone (1972)

A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Yaphet Kotto ... Bone
Andrew Duggan ... Bill
Joyce Van Patten ... Bernadette
Jeannie Berlin ... The Girl
Casey King Casey King ... The Boy
Brett Somers Brett Somers ... X-Ray Lady
Dick Yarmy Dick Yarmy ... Bank Teller
James Lee James Lee ... Woody
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Secretary
Ida Berlin Ida Berlin ... Lady on Bus


A thief breaks into the home of a wealthy, happily married Beverly Hills couple. He soon finds out, though, that the couple is neither as wealthy as he thought they were and are not as happily married as they appeared. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

July 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beverly Hills Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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In the commentary track, Larry Cohen reveals that footage of a supermarket employee slipping on a banana peel was actually a stock shot from an MGM picture whose title he can't remember. In reality, it was from the Connie Francis musical Looking for Love (1964). See more »


The Girl: Hi. What kind of checks do you have?
Bill: Beg your pardon?
The Girl: I have surfers. I mean, I used to have tennis players. Maybe that's why my checks kept bouncing.
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Black and White in Beverly Hills
13 November 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Middle-aged used-car salesman Andrew Duggan (as Bill Lennox) and his blonde, bikini-clad wife Joyce Van Patten (as Bernadette) lounge by the pool at their swanky Southern California estate. Their home and property look like the best in the area, but there are troubled waters ahead for the Beverly Hills couple. While swimming, Mr. Duggan discovers a rat in the pool's side skimmer. Both he and Ms. Van Patten are horrified. Unable to remove the creature, they call for help and are suddenly joined by aggressive, jive-talking Yaphet Kotto (as Bone). Although he gets rid of the rat, Mr. Kotto is really there to rob the couple and rape Van Patten...

Subversively subtitled "A Bad Day in Beverly Hills", this was the first feature film directed by TV writer-producer Larry Cohen. Usually responsible for populist entertainment, Mr. Cohen may have thought "Bone" had counter-culture appeal. It's a seldom funny "black comedy" that clearly understands the role played by Duggan while aiming poorly for some sort of parity of attention with Mr. Kotto's character. Not surprisingly, Duggan's character is the clearest drawn...

The "imaginary" opening minutes show Duggan peddling his trade in a yard of car wrecks, with bloody bodies still inside. This would have been more effective if intercut later, perhaps during the bank withdrawal scenes. Shown first as an attention getting device, the bloody opening takes away from the disarming introduction of the three main characters. A pre-"Heartbreak Kid" Jeannie Berlin has featured role and a pre-"Match Game" Brett Somers is seen briefly. "Bone" is generous with ugly close-ups and an annoying soundtrack. You do get a good look at old Los Angeles and 1970s smokers will identify with dropping a cigarette in the car while driving.

**** Bone (7/12/72) Larry Cohen ~ Yaphet Kotto, Andrew Duggan, Joyce Van Patten, Jeannie Berlin

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