Flesh and Bone

 (200)6.22 h 6 min1993R
A figure from the past awakens a memory as deep and dark as a grave: a family history written in cold blood.
Steve Kloves
Dennis QuaidMeg RyanJames Caan
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Gwyneth PaltrowScott Wilson
Mark RosenbergPaula WeinsteinSydney Pollack
Paramount Pictures
R (Restricted)
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Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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S. PembleReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
gritty heart breaker
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I love morbid movies so this is a favorite partly because Dennis Quaid & Meg Ryan were married when they made it. It's a tragic story about broken people in north Texas. I love the gallant Texan man and Mr. Quaid personifies that icon in this film, in perfect contrast to his father, played to despicable, scurvy perfection by James Caan. And Meg Ryan was never more natural, at ease.
8 people found this helpful
ukemanReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Really good; for the genre
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Yeah I was taken by the lure of a young Meg, and a young Gwyneth... yeah boy, but they played the parts well. In the beginning I kept waiting for Quaid to be the alpha dog, but then realized why he needed to be restrained, and he did a good job there.
Someone said southern or western gothic, or noir, if you will. I have really come to like TV series because you can really get into the story, and it almost feels like a 1 hour and 40 minute movie, our even 2 hours, is just not enough to get it all in there. This movie isn't long, but every minute just seemed really comfortable and of value. Nothing overstated or over done, but it was all that is needed.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
starts well, ends stupidly
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some real positives about this film. good acting, good direction, starts well. but falls apart with a stupid ending that makes no sense. also they write the dad as 1-D incarnate evil, with absolutely nothing redeeming about him. how he has not been in jail is a mystery, as is what would attract a young woman. but most of all, there is absolutely no reason to try to kill the girl at the end. she knows absolutely nothing. and to expect his son to kill her is absurd. like the writers had run out of ideas for a dramatic ending so they just tossed something together without thinking it through.
DaveyDave'sReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Zemblanity, the opposite of serendipity, the faculty of making unhappy, unlucky and expected discoveries by design. I was drawn to this movie by the trailer. This storyline was unsuspecting up to the moment it was revealed. Unbeknownst the lives of survivors of a tragic event, would cross again. Each actor played their part well, Gwyneth Peltro as the hoodlum Kleptomaniac that compliments James Canns sinister habitual criminal character. After the reveal it becomes more apparent why Dennis Quaids character was quiet and withdrawn. Excellent movie, I'd watch it from the beginning again.
deeReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Two and a half
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Not bad, but the wooden acting of Quaid and the miscasting of Ryan make the movie drag. It's pretty good when Paltrow and Caan are in it, but they aren't in it that much. It's also a bit schizophrenic, half goofy rom com and half suspense. Makes little sense but it's not a bad watch.
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Buddy1492Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It should have been better
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I'm not a fan of Dennis Quaid so maybe that's part of the reason I didn't really like this movie. But mainly I just never got carried along by the story. It wandered around without going anywhere. Then near the end the interaction between father and son was completely unconvincing. Meg Ryan did a better job than I expected, and Gwyneth Paltrow was also good, but I could never quite figure out what role her character played in the story.
Puddin' TaneReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
There are Two Kinds of People in the World...
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those who love 'Flesh and Bone' and those who lack good taste in movies! This is an awesome movie. I am neither a Meg Ryan nor a Dennis Quaid fan, in general. In fact, I generally can't stand Meg Ryan. I think that is because she spent so much time acting in horrible, cheesy, cookie cutter romantic comedies. This is not one of those. In this film, Ryan's character actually has depth and range. She doesn't just smile and leap about like an annoying pixie. The storyline is deep and dark and all of the actors nail their parts- including the insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow. So, despite being filled with actresses I generally don't like, the movie is excellent because the plot and characters are good. The movie is an unexpected, yet welcome, divergence from the Hollywood norm, which is to spoon feed you happiness, or at least serve it as dessert. I am cheap as heck and normally won't pay more than ten dollars for a DVD. I gladly shelled out nearly thirty for this one. In fact, this is the most expensive single DVD I've ever purchased, and I couldn't be happier to own it. That being said, if you enjoyed 'Titanic,' 'Jerry Maguire,' or the like, stay away from this- it is not for those who love every mainstream feel good movie release of the week.
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JWReviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Movie was cast to perfection; memorable storyline.
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This had is all; love found and given up for the benefit of the innocent; an evil brought to right. Paltrow was really in her best element, as was Ryan and the rest of the cast.
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