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The Bone Collector (1999)



Critic Consensus: A talented cast is wasted on a bland attempt at a suspenseful, serial killer flick.

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Filmed on location in Montreal and New York, The Bone Collector is a suspense thriller that combines Rear Window and Seven. Two cops on the trail of a brutal serial killer must see as one, act as one, and think as one before the next victim falls. Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) is an intelligent forensics detective who was paralyzed in the line of duty. The author of several books, he has a keen eye for detail and nose for clues that have made him a legend in the law enforcement community. Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) is a street-smart policewoman in her twenties. On her last day as a street cop, before being transferred to a desk job, Amelia discovers a badly mutilated corpse. Rhyme is asked to investigate the case, but he declines. To him, it is an open-and-shut case not worth his time. But when he takes a close look at the evidence, he is intrigued, as the photos reveal complex messages in their details. The lunatic, who might be a taxi driver (a Scorsese allusion), amuses himself by paying homage to legendary murders in his own gruesome acts. Amelia is assigned to assist Rhyme, and she must be the eyes and ears of the quadriplegic detective. And they must capture the killer before he strikes again. Written by Jeremy Iacone and based on a book of the same title by Jeffrey Deaver, The Bone Collector was directed by the Australian thriller specialist Phillip Noyce, who directed such films as Clear and Present Danger and Dead Calm. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jeremy Iacone, Jeremy Iacone
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Universal Studios - Official Site


Denzel Washington
as Lincoln Rhyme
Angelina Jolie
as Amelia Donaghy
Michael Rooker
as Capt. Howard Cheney
Mike McGlone
as Det. Kenny Solomon
Luis Guzman
as Eddie Ortiz
Leland Orser
as Richard Thompson
John Benjamin Hickey
as Dr. Barry Lehman
Ed O'Neill
as Det. Paulie Sellitto
Richard Zeman
as Lieutenant Hanson
Olivia Birkelund
as Lindsay Rubin
Gary Swanson
as Alan Rubin
Jim Bulleit
as Train Engineer
Frank Fontaine
as Grandfather
Zena Grey
as Granddaughter
Daniel Brochu
as NYU Student
Desmond Campbell
as Taxi Inspector
Christian Veliz
as Young Boy
Mercedes Gomez
as Ortiz's Mother
Mary Hammett
as Girlfriend in Nightc...
Amanda Gay
as Girl in Nightclub
Steve Adams
as Gas Workers
Larry Day
as Gas Worker
Burke Lawrence
as Police Inspector
Terry Simpson
as Cop in Apartment
Eric Davis
as Cop in Apartment
Arthur Holden
as Bookstore Clerk
Yashmin Daviault
as Rhyme's Sister
Keenan Macwilliam
as Rhyme's Niece
David Warshofsky
as Amelia's Partner
Mateo Gomez
as Hot Dog Vendor
Ted Whittall
as Ortiz's Assistant
Peter Michael Dillon
as Homicide Detective
Jonathan Stark
as Male Detective
Fulvio Cecere
as Forensics Expert
Hal Sherman
as Fingerprint Cop
Russell Yuen
as Forensics Worker
Andy Bradshaw
as Uniform Cop
Jean-Marc Bisson
as Rescue Worker
Christopher Bregman
as Rescue Worker
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Critic Reviews for The Bone Collector

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (28)

Another borderline-absurd scenario.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The film's impact is dulled by the lack of emotional investment in the villain.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

The assumption that the premise would make a better-than - average thriller was wrong.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Grisly thriller with great performances; not for kids.

Full Review… | December 19, 2010
Common Sense Media

The filmmakers forgot to satisfactorily conceal the identity of the homicidal title character.

Full Review… | November 29, 2009

The Bone Collector can't overcome limits of its script and it is unlikely to remain in viewers' memory for a long time.

Full Review… | February 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Bone Collector

A great film. Angelina Jolie is such a great actress. A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Star vehicle cat and mouse with denzel as the old hand and angelina as the rookie learning the ropes: can they catch the killer in time? Okay thriller boosted by a competent support cast.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


A very good cat and mouse thriller as an ex-cop teams up with a rookie to investigate crime scenes to track down a serial killer.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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