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Flesh and Bone (1993)

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Around thirty years after Arlis witnessed his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby, who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each ... See full summary »

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Steve Kloves

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Steve Kloves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McNeal Julia McNeal ... Sarah Willets (as Julia Mueller)
Ron Kuhlman ... Clem Willets
Jerry Swindall Jerry Swindall ... Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls Ryan Bohls ... Scotty Willets
James Caan ... Roy Sweeney
Dennis Quaid ... Arlis Sweeney
Ez Perez Ez Perez ... Boy in Suit
Craig Erickson Craig Erickson ... Tiny Ted
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Cindy
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Ginnie
Joe Berryman ... Plump Man
Meg Ryan ... Kay Davies
Scott Wilson ... Elliot
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Woody
Gerardo Johnson Gerardo Johnson ... Juan
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Storyline

Around thirty years after Arlis witnessed his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby, who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, but when his father returns, old wounds are reopened. Written by Rob Hartill

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Evil is patient

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de um Passado See more »

Filming Locations:

Stanton, Texas, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$9,488,998
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Dolby | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The murders at the beginning of the film evoke the 1959 murders of Kansas farmer Herb Clutter, his wife, and their two teenage children. This case was later documented in Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood", which in turn was made into a film (In koelen bloede (1967)) starring Scott Wilson and Robert Blake as the two killers. Wilson appears in this film in the role of Arliss' employee. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where Kay holds a revolver a bullet inside the cylinder appears, disappears and then reappears. See more »

Quotes

Waitress: Unless that little pastry inside comes with a bicycle pump and two sisters, there ain't gonna be a farm animal safe for three counties tonight.
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Lilita
Written by Bill Bernstein
Performed by Desert Star Boys
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"Flesh and Bone," an artistically told story in the Texas Outback, gives us a cultural peek at ways of life we would probably not encounter otherwise...
2 July 2000 | by judybeversSee all my reviews

"Flesh and Bone," with it's superb actors and their portrayals of an artistically told story in the Texas Outback, gives us a cultural peek at ways of life we would probably not encounter otherwise while solving a crime mystery and telling a cowboy's love story.

Haunted by his childhood, Arlis, so realistically portrayed by Dennis Quaid, reveals to us what being a cowboy is about. Running his business across West Texas with his memories, his devil on his heels, Arlis triumphs and beats his flesh and bone genetics. His double star-crossed love for the same child and woman unfolds as the story is told and he becomes a lonesome hero worthy of his lone star.

Gwyneth Paltrow's acting talents can be seen as she makes you believe she is Ginnie, a waiflike con seemingly devoid of any feelings other than borderline necrophilia and spiteful nastiness.

James Caan, as Roy, is Arlis' cruel father and Ginnie's old-enough-to-be-her-grandfather lover. Caan plays the the villain of both the past and the present with a calculated coldness that literally makes his eyes sparkle. (Watch for it!) Roy will make you ever thankful for the your own father who raised you, and your respect for and understanding of his son Arlis grows with the movie.

Meg Ryan makes us want to embrace Kay, the drunken but lovely cake dancer caught in an abusive marriage but who falls in love with cowboy Arlis. Ryan works her magic portraying Kay as a gentle, sometimes-intelligent, sometimes-naive soul who has been down on her luck since a fateful night before her first birthday but who still manages to smile at the world and believe in hope.

Caan's and Paltrow's characters, people who we pray we never meet, come off with a game playing realness that makes us remember why we lock our doors in our motel rooms and our homes. This uneasiness is balanced by the empathy we have for Ryan's and Quaid's good to the bone characters.

Never has a cowboy's love been better explained than in Dennis Quaid's face in the final moments of the film.

Four four-star performances by four top actor, this overlooked movie will become a classic someday in the near future.


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