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Flesh and Bone (1993)

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Decades after, a son of a killer falls in love with a girl, which family's horrifying murder he saw in childhood.

Director:

Steve Kloves

Writer:

Steve Kloves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McNeal Julia McNeal ... Sarah Willets (as Julia Mueller)
Ron Kuhlman ... Clem Willets
Jerry Swindall Jerry Swindall ... Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls Ryan Bohls ... Scotty Willets
James Caan ... Roy Sweeney
Dennis Quaid ... Arlis Sweeney
Ez Perez Ez Perez ... Boy in Suit
Craig Erickson Craig Erickson ... Tiny Ted
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Cindy
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Ginnie
Joe Berryman ... Plump Man
Meg Ryan ... Kay Davies
Scott Wilson ... Elliot
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Woody
Gerardo Johnson Gerardo Johnson ... Juan
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Storyline

Around thirty years after Arlis witnessed his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby, who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, but when his father returns, old wounds are reopened. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Evil is patient

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and a scene of intense violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de um Passado See more »

Filming Locations:

Stanton, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,488,998
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot at the Sunset Motel in Monahans, Texas, owned and operated by Doris Barker. Daughter Jeanie Barker Scott's stepdaughter got a walk-on role when a young actress called in sick. Shooting the week there were James Caan, Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, and Gwyneth Paltrow. See more »

Goofs

When Arlis is a boy, the star tattoo is on the right side of his forehead. As an adult when Arlis pulls back his hair in a hotel room, the tattoo has moved to the left side of his forehead. See more »

Quotes

Kay: You got a pretty face, you should let the boys see it.
Ginnie: It ain't my face the boys want to see.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Leading Ladies with David Sheehan (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes You Just Can't Win
Written by Smokey Stover
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Liberty Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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Fine performances; first class writing and direction
23 March 1999 | by claude-18See all my reviews

Very few false moments in this Sydney Pollack ensembled film. Steven Kloves shows skilled insight as both writer and director here, putting fine oblique touches to his dialogue, applying a steady observant eye (with DP Phillipe Rousselot's help) to the blocking and shooting, and using Thomas Newman's music to optimum effect. His sparse and well-placed music cues highlight the great writing by Tom Newman here, which is of a quality equal to Newman's later score for Horse Whisperer. TN is truly one of the most evocative composers working in film this decade.

Flesh and Bone features the best acting I've ever seen Meg Ryan do, though she won't probably cite it herself, any more than Sarandon cites Lorenzo's Oil. Disregard the flack. Serious character work going on here if you want to see what Ryan can really do.

Her hubby Dennis Quaid antes up too, combining sullen, well modulated internal work with a wry vocal tone and a great understanding of his character's moment to moment decision making. No rakish charm here.

Paltrow is surprisingly edgy and cynical, although mostly a foil for Ryan and Caan. Caan is workman-like, effective, but a hair hammier than the rest. Luckily the script and director don't give Jimmy too much rein; he's done better (For fine Caan see Chapter Two or Thief). Overall, Flesh and Bone is a solid nine drama, well worth renting, and graced with a few story surprises. Real film buffs will be gratified.


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