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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 èrspontaneous 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.ya Written by KGF Vissers

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Like Father, Like Sons/Sins 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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Budget:

$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

Bill Paxton's directorial debut. Allegedly, the title Frailty (which is never spoken in the film) refers not to the slow disintegration of the family, but to the very low budget for the movie. Lion's Gate considered changing the title to "God's Hands" (which is a phrase spoken in the film) but Paxton and writer Brent Hanley insisted against this. Ironically, the Brazilian title is 'A Mão do Diabo' (The Devil's Hand'). See more »

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When Bill Paxton first encounters the angel in his bedroom, we can hear a broadcast of a baseball game. This flashback scene, as recounted by Matthew McConaughey, is supposed to take place in 1979. But the broadcaster refers to a player hitting .279 and stealing 73 bases for Lake Elsinore. There was no professional baseball in Lake Elsinore in 1979, and the only player to hit .279 and steal 73 bases for Lake Elsinore was Alfredo Amezaga in 2000 -- one year before the movie was released. See more »

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Dad: Don't cry for her son, she wasn't human.
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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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Referenced in The Dead Zone: Cycle of Violence (2004) See more »

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A Real Country Song
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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Not your typical God fearing man.
13 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

A very promising directorial debut for Bill Paxton. A very dark thriller/who-really-done-it recommended by Stephen King. This is a strong, well-conceived horror tale about a devout, but demented man in Thurman, Texas that goes on a murdering spree after getting orders from God to eliminate demons trying to control mankind. A couple of plot twists and an eerie finale makes for your moneys worth. Most of the violence you don't really see, but still enough to double up your stomach.

Director Paxton plays the twisted man to be known as the Hand of God Killer. Matthew McConaughey is equally impressive as the demented man's eldest son that ends up telling this story to a Dallas FBI Agent(Powers Boothe). Boothe, as always, is solid and flawless. Suspenseful white knuckler! Highly recommended.


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