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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.

Director:

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 ... Lt. 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 »


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

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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

Gross USA:

$66,518,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,493,655
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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

(at around 1h 35 mins) When the girl is rescued from the river, she received paramedical assistance. But the breathing mask is upside-down. See more »

Quotes

Amelia: What, you think that because of your condition you have the right to boss people around? I'm sorry, but that is truly pathetic.
Rhyme: Truly?
Amelia: Damn right, truly.
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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

Featured in HBO First Look: The Making of 'Girl, Interrupted' (1999) See more »

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The Touch (Le Toucher)
Written by George Acogny, Mitsou, Kamil Rustam
Performed by Mitsou
Mitsou appears courtesy of Generation Records
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Dark And Moody
15 May 2007 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

A bed ridden, paraplegic NYC detective, Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington), teams up with a rookie cop named Amelia (Angelina Jolie) to try and catch a serial killer, in this dark, moody atmospheric thriller from Director Phillip Noyce. This is a fine thriller.

From the get-go viewers understand that an intelligent maniac is on the loose, and could strike at any time. That is the very definition of cinematic tension. In addition, the killer uses dark, subterranean spaces to torture and kill victims. That inky darkness, together with a haunting musical score further amplifies suspense.

But, the solution to the whodunit puzzle is ultimately unsatisfying because the screenwriter withholds important back-story from viewers. This could have been so easily fixed with the addition of a line or two of dialogue and/or a brief added scene near the film's beginning. Even so, good plot misdirection creates ample red herrings, so that the killer's identity is not a foregone conclusion.

The film's cinematography, production design, and editing are fine. Washington does a good job as the paralyzed cop. But Angelina Jolie is miscast; she pouts her way through the film looking like she's bored out of her mind. The support cast helps a lot, with highly credible performances from delightful Queen Latifah, capable Ed O'Neill, and reliable Michael Rooker.

The crime scenes tended unfortunately to be in-your-face grizzly. But at least the gore quotient was minimal.

For dark, moody serial killer films set in NYC, I prefer "Sea Of Love" (1989). Nevertheless, "The Bone Collector" can be enjoyed for its elevated level of suspense, its fine cinematography, and its generally high level of acting. Be advised, however, that the film's finale may be a disappointment if you expect all the whodunit puzzle pieces to fall into place, neat and tidy.


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