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Frailty (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dad Meiks
... Adam Meiks
... FBI Agent Wesley Doyle
... Young Fenton
... Young Adam
... Sheriff Smalls
... Fenton Meiks
... Agent Griffin Hull
... Becky Meiks (as Melissa Crider)
Alan Davidson ... Brad White
... Cynthia Harbridge
Vincent Chase ... Edward March
... Operator
Edmond Scott Ratliff ... The Angel
... Teacher
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FBI agent Wesley Doyle is startled by the spontaneous declaration of youngster Fenton Meiks about how his father's delusions to have a divine mission as avenging angel 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 gruesomely. Written by KGF Vissers

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Only demons should fear me.... and you're not a demon, are you? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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12 April 2002 (USA)  »

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Dämonisch  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,208,655, 14 April 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,103,828, 9 June 2002
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Trivia

Jeremy Sumpter, who was cast as younger brother Adam, originally auditioned for the role of Fenton. See more »

Goofs

At 1:31:04 when viewing the FBI surveillance tape, the text reads PAL. PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line but it is not the video system used in North America. North American countries use NTSC. See more »

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Young Adam: God gave it to me.
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Directors Sam Raimi, Ivan Reitman and James Cameron, among others, are thanked at the end of the credits. See more »

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References Meatballs (1979) See more »

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Ball & Chain
Performed by Dale Watson
Written by Dale Watson
Courtesy of Hightone Records
Published by Bug Music o/b/o Watson Texas Music (BMI), and Songs of Windswept Pacific
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Astounding
9 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I first saw the trailer for Frailty on Yahoo Movies way back in the day, after hearing Stephen King praise it to high heaven. Not really a fan of either star, I still wanted to see it because I'm a huge thriller fan.

I was not disappointed. The acting was superb, especially from the two young boys. Usually I loathe child actors, but Young Adam and Young Fenton were excellent. Bill Paxton really did a good job of directing it too. It was beautifully shot.

One must also note the plot twists. The three twists at the end hit hard and fast, and I didn't see them coming. The final twist of the film, coupled with the gravity of what had just been revealed, gives me chills to this day, even though I've re-watched the film so many times.

A true gem.


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