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The Bone Collector (1999)

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A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

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Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Jeffery Deaver (book), Jeremy Iacone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Lincoln Rhyme
Angelina Jolie ... Amelia Donaghy
Queen Latifah ... Thelma
Michael Rooker ... Captain Howard Cheney
Michael McGlone ... Detective Kenny Solomon (as Mike McGlone)
Luis Guzmán ... Eddie Ortiz (as Luis Guzman)
Leland Orser ... Richard Thompson
John Benjamin Hickey ... Dr. Barry Lehman
Bobby Cannavale ... Amelia's Boyfriend
Ed O'Neill ... Detective Paulie Sellitto
Richard Zeman ... Lieutenant Carl Hanson
Olivia Birkelund Olivia Birkelund ... Lindsay Rubin
Gary Swanson ... Alan Rubin
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... Train Engineer (as Jim Bulleit)
Frank Fontaine ... Grandfather
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Storyline

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Serial killer vs. forensic genius See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bone Collector See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,712,020, 7 November 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$66,518,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,493,655
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Jeffery Deaver's novel, Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) was named Amelia Sachs. The filmmakers changed it, because it "sounded a lot like 'sex'". See more »

Goofs

In the final scene at the Christmas party, Lincoln's pointer finger on his right hand is bandaged. But in the previous scene when the murderer breaks his finger, it's the pointer on Lincoln's left hand. Throughout the film Lincoln uses his left pointer to control the remote for his bed, not the right one. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln Rhyme: All right, this is what I want you to do. We're gonna need those handcuffs really. It's probably our best chance for good prints.
Amelia: The M.E. can remove them when they get here.
Lincoln Rhyme: The M.E. is all thumbs really. They'll mess up the prints. Look in the suitcase. There's a small saw.
Amelia: [finds the saw] Okay.
Lincoln Rhyme: I want you to saw her hands off at the wrist line. We gotta have those cuffs for prints.
Amelia: [pause] I can't.
Lincoln Rhyme: Cut her hands off. We need the handcuffs.
Amelia: I can't. No.
Lincoln Rhyme: Saw off her hands, take off the cuffs.
Amelia: I ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

An alternative ending was shot where Thelma survives and can be seen at the Christmas party. This was not used because it was deemed too unbelievable. See more »

Connections

References Copycat (1995) See more »

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Juicy
Written by George Acogny, Kamil Rustam
Performed by Gaïnde
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Well worth a look! Both Jolie and Washington are on form
9 March 2005 | by denise_kateSee all my reviews

I've read quite a few comments on this movie and some of them I disagree with and others I don't. Sure, it may be a little predictable and a bit 'all been done before' but there is a certain level of originality and uniqueness to it also.

For starters it has a fantastic cast and both lead actors (Jolie and Washington)have won Oscars and thats says something. It can't be easy playing a paralysed man and remaining so still and wooden and he plays the frustrations and emotions so realistically that I would imagine a person actually would be like in real life. Jolie is charming, composed and works well with the camera. Her character is convincing enough and this goes for her performance.The support cast is fantastic too, especially Queen Latifa.

The film may have the usual iconographic elements found in the psychological thriller genre but they are necessary for it to firstly conform and also progress. 'The Bone Collector' introduces new techniques and a slightly different angle for the viewer. there has to be a certain amount of repetition with this genre for it to work and this is the case for many others, such as romantic comedies and a couple falling in love or teen flicks with a football jock character.

I am currently writing my degree dissertation on sexual subjectivity in psychological thrillers and this film is perfect for that. The changing levels of gendered representations is very interesting and both supports and detracts away from the current representations in society.

I say, give it a go! Don't listen to people who have already seen it and didn't like it. If I'd have done that then I wouldn't have given it a go and my dissertation would have been short of argument!


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