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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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Storyline

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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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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1.85 : 1
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Has two filming locations in common with American Wedding (2003): Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens and 101 South Glassell. See filming locations for both movies for details. 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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[Adam Meiks questions Agent Wesley Doyle about the God's Hands killer]
Adam Meiks: I read in the paper that only one of the bodies of the six victims have been found. Now, is that true?
Agent Wesley Doyle: You read that in the paper, didn't ya?
Adam Meiks: It doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
Agent Wesley Doyle: Well, in this case it does. You see, the first victim was found, mutilated. With a note saying that God's Hands had taken her. With all of the rest, only notes were found, no bodies.
Adam Meiks: How do you know they're dead?
Agent Wesley Doyle: Well, we don't for sure. But the ...
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Crazy Credits

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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Wow-what a good one!
10 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

There is such rubbish on the cable movie channels that I hit a gem with this one. From beginning to end it had me gripped and deserves top marks.

Father of two sons hears messages from "God" to kill people who he is told are 'demons'.

When the opening credits showed the director as one of the cast that can often be a warning of a bad film; exceptionally it is the reverse here as the drama is non-stop from beginning to end.

And there is not one moment in the movie when one is not fully enthralled as there are no unnecessary or needless sub-plots, and the script is first class.

All the actors give wholly convincing performances especially the lead child actor who is exceptional.

This film is at least as good as the likes of 'Silence of the Lambs'.


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