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Flesh and Bone
Flesh and Bone
Actors: James Caan, Dennis Quaid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Betsy Brantley
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
R     2002     2hr 6min

The darkest of the filmic trilogy that unites husband and wife Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, Flesh and Bone is a grimly affecting tale of two lonely lives, one unexpectedly, dramatically affected by the other. Quaid is the t...  more »


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Actors: James Caan, Dennis Quaid, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meg Ryan, Betsy Brantley
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Family Life, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/16/2002
Original Release Date: 11/05/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 11/05/1993
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 6min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

A well acted and directed intricate piece of filmaking (sp)
John K. Reed | Harrisburg, PA United States | 07/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No one is less of a Meg Ryan fan than I. She is, entirely too cutsie for my taste. Not that she's bad to look at mind you. But in this film she is about as sexy, real, and sympathetic as possible. Her performance was perfect for the part. Dennis Quaid gives his finest performance ever as the tormented son of James Caan.It's pretty easy to see where the film is headed fairly early in the picture but it's so well acted and directed that it's well worth the price of admission. The film is extremely character driven including an incredibly cheap yet sexy Gwyneth Paltrow.The movie has much to say about relationships, loyalty, selfishness and the price paid because of them."
"A Viewer from Texas" Just Doesn't Understand...
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The ending of this fine film is hardly "senseless." The film is a refutation of biological determinism, although it could also be used to refute environmental determinism. After having been told by his evil father (James Caan) that they have the same bloodline--implying that this must make his son Arlis (Dennis Quaid) evil, just like his father--Arlis buys into this claptrap. "If you're born to it" and "It's not in your blood" are two of Arlis' typical comments. But at the end, when he says, "It's NOTHING--only BLOOD," he has finally realized that we all have free will and that we make our own decisions, bloodline or no bloodline. This film is truly Dostoevskian, PARTICULARLY the ending, which is as good a compliment as you can pay to any film. The great Russian novelist also saw the horrible danger in the determinist credo. Give this film 5 stars and send "A Viewer from Texas" back to school."
A film that knows how to set a mood
Mr. Cairene | Cairo, Egypt | 05/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There is a thin line that movies like Flesh and Bone walk, its story line suggests an overwrought film, with loud scenery chewing acting and flashy camera work. This could have easily turned into a pointless variation on the pointless U-Turn. A credit then to director Steve Klove and his cinamatagropher Philippe Rousselot for creating a completely original beast. You may not know it from a plot description, but you will never see another film quite like this one. In the film's arresting opening scene an expressionless grim looking boy stands outside a family's house late at night. He doesn't say a word except that he's lost. They let him in, and decide to let him stay overnight. But that's not all there is to it, the boy is actually working with his father on a scheme they've perfected hundreds of times before, where he waits till the family is asleep and opens the door to his father to come in and rob the place. Something goes terribly wrong that night, but the events that transpire in this scene will haunt every character in this film. This brilliant opening sequence grabs the veiwer's attention, and makes the slow burning tense plot that follows all the more mysterious. Dennis Quaid stars as Arliss, a man who isn't much of a talker, "You're the best listener I've ever met" Kay Davies (Meg Ryan) tells him when they first meet. "Depends on who's talking" he replies. As events unfold, with a touch if a supernatural element we come to fully comprehend why he so unenthusiastic about life. "I'm a creature of habit" he says at one point, and by then we know exactly why he feels breaking established habits can be deadly. The dialogue in this film, which is written by the director, literally stings. There are no throw away lines, or scenes that merely exist to push the plot forward. Every line is diliberate and calculated, queitly delivered by a cast who obviously relish this high quality stuff. All four principle cast member are excellent. I've always admired Dennis Quaid since Breaking Away, Meg Ryan successfully sheds the light comedy persona, Gwenyth Paltrow delivers her lines with icey detachment and James Caan is chilling as a man who "values his sleep". I'd love to see more movies by Steve Klove, he has only made one other film The Fabulous Baker Boys, and most recently he wrote the wonderful Wonder Boys. Seek this film out, it has a mood all its own."
Attention to detail makes this movie amazing
John K. Reed | 09/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From the openning shots to the last image image of this movie, every word of the script and every shot of the camera are related to the theme of the movie. So much so, one might think Edgar Allen Poe, not Steve Kloves, wrote the script. Flesh and Bone is not only a movie of dreadful pasts and drifting futures. It is also a test of two views of life: fate and free will. Kloves uses every symbol he can to impart this test to the audience, stars and words included. And guess what! He let's you decided! All in all, Kloves script is, by itself, great liturature. Quaid, Ryan, Caan, and Paltrow do amazing work in creating their characters and making them real to the touch. You just have to watch it twice. I seriously recommend this movie for English teachers!"