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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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In a savage time, torn between two rivals she fought for survival with the only weapon she had... herself. 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

Agnes: Will you show me how it's done? Then I'll know how to go about it.
Kathleen: Right here?
Agnes: No. Behind the bushes.
Kathleen: I don't feel like doing it right now.
Agnes: I insist you feel like it right now. You're my maid. You'll do as I say.
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Alternate Versions

The R-rated US video version has cut out some of the more explicit nudity of Jennifer Jason Leigh during the rape of her character. Also cut was part the more explicit lovemaking of the servant girl Kathleen. The full version has been shown on some US/Canadian cable stations. See more »

Connections

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Throughout the Years
Composed by Charles Williams
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User Reviews

Gloriously over the top
28 October 2002 | by General_CromwellSee all my reviews

Gloriously over the top middle ages saga from Verhoeven,who certainly makes sure the film lives up to its title!This is an exraordinarily bloody film,and apart from the gore we get dead babies,brain damaged nuns,plague infected flesh,raping,pillaging,and some terrible table manners.This is hugely enjoyable stuff,with some terrific black humour.Verhoeven also stages some excellent action sequences.The opening battle to take back the city is good,as is the amazing contraption to scale the castle that gets destroyed,and the final battle inside the castle is gripping.Rutger Hauer is reliably excellent in this,not so much a loveable rogue as a steely eyed psycho.Even better is Jennifer Jason Leigh as the kidnapped princess,who turns out to be a cunning,scheming,bitch.Witness the scene where she turns the tables on Hauer,who is attempting to rape her.There's good support also from Susan Tyrrell as a revolting whore,and Ronald Lacey as a demented priest who seems to have stepped straight out of the film 'The Devils'.This is miles better than all the other sword and sorcery films that were around at the time,because Verhoeven pulls no punches,and instills the film with a savage wit.Great music as well from 'Conan' composer,Bazil Poleduris.This film deserves a sequel!


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