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Flesh+Blood (1985)

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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Martin
... Agnes
... Steven
... Hawkwood
... Arnolfini (as Fernando Hillbeck)
... Celine
... Cardinal
... Karsthans
... Summer
... Miel
... Orbec
Kitty Courbois ... Anna
... Polly
... Father George
... Little John
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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 »

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Adventure | Drama

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30 August 1985 (USA)  »

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Flesh & Blood  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$100,000, 1 September 1985
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2.39 : 1
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The production was plagued by adversities. There was great animosity among the Spanish, American and Dutch crew and cast members; actors were using alcohol and drugs on the set, while wind, heavy snowfall and cold often disrupted filming, causing the movie to go over budget. Director Paul Verhoeven would later call it the worst filming experience of his life, one that made him consider quitting making movies altogether. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Hawkwood is announcing to the mercenaries that Arnolfini is reneging on the promise of reward, the cannons that he is standing behind, as if ready to fire them at the mercenaries, are 19th-century "parrot guns" used during the American Civil War. See more »

Quotes

[during siege on castle]
Arnolfini: Steven, you stay right here with Father George.
Steven: Why?
Arnolfini: Fighting is for fools.
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Referenced in Die Alraune und das Schwert (2015) See more »

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Composed by Charles Williams
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Great fun
10 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

After the success of Conan the Barbarian, the 80's saw a glut of Midevil adventure movies, but none of them stand on the same ground as Flesh and Blood. No movie, at the time, was more unabashedly filled with gore and nakedness. It doesnt try to be glossy or romantic in any way but isnt heavyhanded or serious either.

As he was so often in nearly every role he played, Rutger Hauer is perfect and at ease, alive, and eating up every frame of film he is in. A sad reminder of the days when he had so much promise, before he went downhill into Direct-To-Video Land.

Jennifer Jason Leigh is caught in one of her rare stilted preformances. Instead of going above the b-movie tone, she sort of wallows in it, but everyone else in the movie is also over the top and caricatured, so the film does not suffer and is invigorated instead of being obtuse.

The perfect blend of violence and sex, good and bad acting, b-movie tone with a studio budget. One enjoyable movie.


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