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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."

Director:

Bill Paxton

Writer:

Brent Hanley
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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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Storyline

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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No Soul Is Safe See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Bill Paxton has always been fascinated with forensics. "If one of those shows is on TV then I'm definitely watching it." " See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Young Fenton: These are people's names!
Dad: They may look like people on the outside, but inside...
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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 Vertigo (1958) 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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A Great Debut of Bill Paxton as Director in a Very Scary Low-Budget Movie
26 October 2003 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Matthew McConaughey is a mysterious man waiting for Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe) in his FBI office. He claims to have information about a serial killer chased by FBI. When Agent Doyle arrives in the office, he tells him that the serial killer is indeed his dead brother. Agent Doyle requests some evidence, and the man tells the story of his life, since his childhood. They were a simple family of three: his widow father Meiks (Bill Paxton), his brother and himself. One night, his father gathers the two brothers and tells them that an angel of God had just visited him and assigned his family to destroy demons. What happens next is one of the most scary movie I have ever seen.

I watched this movie four months ago on VHS, and yesterday I watched again, now on DVD. Although being a low-budget movie, the screenplay is sharp, with no flaw. The cast is outstanding, but I would like to highlight the performance of Matt O'Leary as the young Felton. It is a very difficult and complex role to be performed by a young teenager. The direction of Bill Paxton is remarkable. There is no explicit violence in this horror movie. A great debut behind the camera. I regret the Brazilian title of this movie: 'A Mão do Diabo' (The Devil's Hand'). If at least it were 'The God's Hand', it might be acceptable. But calling this movie as 'the devil's hand' is indeed ridiculous. Brent Hanley, the screenwriter, did not deserve such a lack of respect from the Brazilian distributor. This film is highly recommended. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Mão do Diabo" ("The Devil's Hand")


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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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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