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Bone (1972)

R | | Comedy | July 1972 (USA)
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:
... Bone
... Bill
... Bernadette
... The Girl
Casey King ... The Boy
Brett Somers ... X-Ray Lady
Dick Yarmy ... Bank Teller
James Lee ... Woody
Rosanna Huffman ... Secretary
Ida Berlin ... Lady on Bus
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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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Elaine May requested use of the footage of her daughter Jeannie Berlin in this movie to convince producers of The Heartbreak Kid (1972) (as well as writer Neil Simonhimself) that her daughter had actual acting ability and wasn't being put in the movie merely out of nepotism. See more »

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Bill: A rat! He's stuck in the drain!
Bernadette: A rat? In OUR pool?
Bill: Yeah, I guess he got thirsty and come down from the hills, and fall into the pool and get sucked into the filter.
Bernadette: Get it out, get it out!
Bill: It's alive in there!
Bernadette: Well, so? Get it out!
Bill: Any idea how?
Bernadette: Yes, call the pool service. I want this pool drained and scrubbed!
Bill: The chlorine will kill all the bacteria.
Bernadette: Oh really? Well, you didn't seem too happy swimming around with a rat in there.
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One of the greatest films ever made!
31 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

I first saw Bone aka Housewife back in high school (over ten years ago) after a friend dubbed for me his VHS copy. It was a scratchy print, yet it didn't stop me from being mesmerized by this film. The movie stars Andrew Duggan and Joyce Van Patten as Bill and Bernadette a down on their luck Beverly Hills couple that one day find a rat in their pool. As usual, they have no luck getting a hold of pest control but guess who shows up instead? None other than Bone, played by Yaphet Kotto, a psychotic, intimidating, yet lovable black man with paint stains on his shirt. Bone kindly gets the rat out of the pool and then takes Bernadette hostage. Bill is sent on a mission to withdraw all the money from his account(s) or Bernadette gets it (in more ways than one). To give away anything more would be criminal. Watching the gorgeous new DVD of this was like falling in love all over again. Yet, I couldn't help but think there's no way in Hell a film like this could get made today. Here's why: a) It makes you sympathize with a potential rapist. b) A scene of a woman, Jeannie Berlin, talking about an incident of child molestation before hopping in to bed with Bill is one of the films most hilarious moments. c) Bone's character truly challenges so-called 'racial tolerance' amongst a liberal couple. There's no way you could get a masterpiece of agitation like this released by the P.C. Gestapo that currently runs Tinseltown. Owned! In my opinion this is Larry Cohen's best. God Told Me To comes in a close second. It shows what a truly visionary, subversive director he was before cranking out mediocre works like Phone Booth. What happened Mr.Cohen? Maybe Brain DePalma knows. Yaphet Kotto gives, as usual, a knockout performance. Mr.Kotto is an amazing, underrated actor whom I'd love to see get a starring role again. Oh wait, did I mention how cool the soundtrack is?


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