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Frailty (2001)

A mysterious man arrives at the offices of an FBI agent and recounts his childhood: how his religious fanatic father received visions telling him to destroy people who were in fact "demons."

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Bill Paxton

Writer:

Brent Hanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paxton ... Dad Meiks
Matthew McConaughey ... Adam Meiks
Powers Boothe ... FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
Matt O'Leary ... Young Fenton
Jeremy Sumpter ... Young Adam
Luke Askew ... Sheriff Smalls
Levi Kreis ... Fenton Meiks
Derk Cheetwood ... Agent Griffin Hull
Missy Crider ... Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Brad White
Cynthia Ettinger ... Cynthia Harbridge
Vincent Chase Vincent Chase ... Edward March
Gwen McGee ... Operator
Edmond Scott Ratliff Edmond Scott Ratliff ... The Angel
Rebecca Tilney ... Teacher
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FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions required him and his brother, Adam to become his 'demon-slaying' murder accomplices. But when Doyle accepts to be shown concealed victim graves, the plot twists in the present just as gruesome. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dämonisch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,208,655, 14 April 2002

Gross USA:

$13,110,448

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,423,030
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1.85 : 1
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Directors James Cameron, Sam Raimi and author Stephen King all singled out Frailty (2001) for high praise. King considered it one of the best horror movies of its year. See more »

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The timing of light flooding the bedroom is a little bit off at around 17 mins when Dad opens the curtains in the boys' room because it was shot on a stage. In the director commentary, Bill Paxton adds "It doesn't bother me, stuff like that." See more »

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Dad: I never killed a man in my whole life!
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One of the Best Hidden Gems Out There!
25 March 2015 | by MattBirkSee all my reviews

A true hidden gem in the horror genre, Frailty is a slow burn movie with a strong premise and fantastic acting. It takes a pretty common motive (God made me do it) and shows the darker side of being God's right hand man. The perspective of the movie makes it look like the person who is committing murder, 'in the name of God', look like a total lunatic who is off the walls insane. And at the same time this possible 'hero' is willing to sacrifice his relationship with his son for the man upstairs. Is it worth it? That's just one of the many questions Frailty poses through its dark and tormented story.

Frailty has an overall bittersweet feeling, on one hand the father is supposedly ridding the world of demons, but at the cost of losing his son. But what makes the movie so effective is that it is told from the perspective of the son who doubts his father and has no one to turn to for help....not even God. There is something harrowing about having Frailty being told through the eyes of a helpless child, it's basically brilliant. In doing so it takes away the fall back that most movies fail to mention, adults, they become 'useless' in a sense because they fail to understand or see what truly is happening to the child. This is something that feels painfully real, how many adults would honestly listen to a child that age, saying the things he says and actually believe him over his father? The situation is all too real and all too perfect.

In the end, Frailty really gets you thinking about right and wrong and when if ever, you should take the life of another human being.


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