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Flesh and Bone (1993)

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,517,066, 7 November 1993

Gross USA:

$9,709,451

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,709,451
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Second movie directed by Steve Kloves. The first being The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989). See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Kay holds a revolver a bullet inside the cylinder appears, disappears and then reappears. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: Unless that little pastry inside comes with a bicycle pump and two sisters, there ain't gonna be a farm animal safe for three counties tonight.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Music From 'The Untouchables' Original T.V. Series
Written by Nelson Riddle, William Loose, Jack Cookerly, Emil Cadkin
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An underrated classic
4 January 2006 | by jackstanleySee all my reviews

Perhaps some people only want to see Meg Ryan in romantic comedies, or perhaps IMDb voters give this a low average rating because 'nothing happens', but look beneath the surface and you will find a dark and haunting drama of the first order, with the best work from all involved for many years before or since.

Steve Kloves, completely 'miscast' as the adaptive screenwriter for the Harry Potter films (he writes in American, for heaven's sake) here produces a great original work as a writer/director, utilizing some amazing visuals from Phillipe Rousselot (d.o.p.) and music from Thomas Newman (a score suitably subtle, haunting and moving). Caan, Ryan and a pre-fame Gwyneth Paltrow are all on top form but the real star here is Dennis Quaid, whose face, a canvas of tortured memories and struggling decency, says more than Kloves could ever hope to write. As director he chooses wisely; he gives Quaid a single line, then keeps the camera rolling.


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