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Flesh+Blood (1985)

In medieval Europe, a young girl from a noble family is obsessed with her captors--commoners.

Director:

Paul Verhoeven

Writers:

Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Gerard Soeteman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rutger Hauer ... Martin
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Agnes
Tom Burlinson ... Steven
Jack Thompson ... Hawkwood
Fernando Hilbeck ... Arnolfini (as Fernando Hillbeck)
Susan Tyrrell ... Celine
Ronald Lacey ... Cardinal
Brion James ... Karsthans
John Dennis Johnston ... Summer
Simón Andreu ... Miel
Bruno Kirby ... Orbec
Kitty Courbois Kitty Courbois ... Anna
Marina Saura ... Polly
Hans Veerman ... Father George
Jake Wood ... Little John
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Storyline

A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A timeless adventure, a passion for wealth and power. Only the strongest will survive See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Netherlands | Spain

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

30 August 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flesh & Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Verhoeven wanted to explore the idea of a confrontation between two former allies who had become enemies, stating that he had always been a bit disappointed that the two enemies in The Wild Bunch (1969) never really met face to face. One of the scenes he had in mind for this movie would have shown Martin and Hawkwood having a calm conversation in a bathtub, while both conceal a knife. The characters would have a final showdown at the end of the movie. However, the studio wanted a bigger part for the character of Agnes and more focus on the love story, so the audience could better identify with the main characters. The bathtub scene therefore became a love scene, and the feud between Martin and Hawkwood was pushed to the background, much to Verhoeven's later regret. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in 1501. When Arnolfini's son talks about Da Vinci having studied the flight of birds, he refers to Da Vinci's book "Codex on the Flight of Birds". This book was not published until 1505. He could not have known it. See more »

Quotes

Martin: Let's see if this angel bleeds!
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by 38 secs by the BBFC with edits to the rape of Agnes. The cuts were waived for the 2005 MGM DVD. See more »

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Referenced in The Mandrake and the Sword (2015) See more »

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User Reviews

Original
11 December 2001 | by lchris9See all my reviews

I happened to catch this 1985 film on cable. I'd never heard of it before, and found only a few reviews for it on the movie review query engine. That's a shame, because this is one of the most original of the swords/knights/princesses genre movies I've seen. Technically, it's not a medieval tale, as it's set in the 16th Century, but with the exception of some innovative period weapons, including an exploding barrel with a long fuse that sometimes goes off at the wrong time, the atmosphere is very much out of the dark ages. While the costumes, scenery and plot (a gang of betrayed soldiers seek revenge and kidnap a princess) are fairly typical, the subtlety of the characters and the moral ambiguity of the story are very atypical of Hollywood films. For one thing, it's very difficult to say who the bad guys are. The gang of kidnappers, led by Rutger Hauer, is churlish and brutal. Yet, they were badly mistreated at the beginning of the movie, so it's hard not to retain some sympathy for them. The princess, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, is a similarly ambiguous character. She's loved by both Hauer and his enemy (played by Tom Burlinson) and she may or may not love one or both of them in return. Overall, what makes Flesh and Blood original is the fact that it doesn't romanticize the past. Life is portrayed as extremely harsh; people rape, kill and torture with impunity, and the threat of the plague lurks everywhere. It's a good antidote for anyone who, after watching one of the King Arthur movies, wishes they were a sword-wielding knight.


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