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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 »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 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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Taglines:

Betrayed by power. Corrupted by love. Bound by honor. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Paul Verhoeven wanted composer Basil Poledouris to create the score for this movie after hearing his music for Conan the Destroyer (1984). They cooperated again on RoboCop (1987) and Starship Troopers (1997). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight. See more »

Quotes

Steven: What are you doing in this filthy place? Are you looking for something?
Agnes: I read a book in the convent library, about love and black magic. There was a passage I found fascinating.
Steven: What was it about?
Agnes: A magic root. Mandrake. It grows in a place like this. If a man and a woman eat of it, they will love each other forever.
Steven: Did it also say why you have to dig in this particular spot?
Agnes: The nuns inked out that passage very carefully.
Steven: When a man is hanged, he comes and his semen spills to the ground. That's ...
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Alternate Versions

All the deleted scenes from the R-rated video version have been included on the 2004 DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Viking (2016) See more »

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Throughout the Years
Composed by Charles Williams
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Machiavellian, Violent, Amoral and Hypnotic Adventure in the Middle Ages
4 June 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1501, in the Western Europe, in a period when the black plague is jeopardizing the populations, an army of mercenary peasants leaded by Martin (Rutger Hauer) fights side-by-side with the noble Arnolfini (Fernando Hilbeck) to retrieve his castle, with the promise of a huge reward. However, the band is betrayed by Arnolfini, and decides to pay him back, assaulting and stealing a caravan under the command of Arnolfini and his son and student, Steven (Tom Burlinson). In one of the wagon is traveling the fiancée of Steven, Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is accidentally kidnapped and later raped by the group. Agnes becomes Martin's mate, and the mercenaries decide to invade a castle, without knowing that the army of Arnolfini is chasing them.

"Flesh & Blood" is one of the best movies in the Middle Ages I have ever seen: it is a Machiavellian, violent, amoral and hypnotic adventure, indeed very brutal, with the peasants being poor and ignorant people, with dirty clothes, spoiled teeth, living in dirty and muddy villages. Therefore, a vision totally different from Hollywood movies, with fancy castles and villages with beautiful people. The direction of Paul Verhoven is efficient and perfect as usual, and the entire cast has magnificent and very natural performances, highlighting the amazing Rutger Hauer in the role of Martin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh who has one of her best performances, in the stunning role of a young woman that uses her body to fight for survival in a hostile environment. I have this movie on VHS, but I bought the DVD recently released in Brazil by the distributor Continental, and it was a worthwhile investment, since the widescreen image and the sound are excellent. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Conquista Sangrenta" ("Bloody Conquest")


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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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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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