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Flesh And Bone (1993)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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Small-time Texas businessman Arlis Sweeney (Dennis Quaid) can never shake the memory of his father's (James Caan) wasted life. What particularly sticks in his craw is the murder committed years earlier by his father and a teenaged accomplice. While going through the by-rote motions of his job (he supplies vending machines), Arlis strikes up a friendship with hardcase hitchhiker Kay Davies (Meg Ryan). Slowly, Kay helps Arlis put his life in order. And then, Arlis suddenly realizes where he's seen

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Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Steve Kloves

Apr 16, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

the whole movie rests on the interaction of the two characters and the appeal of the stars who embody them

June 14, 2007

A downbeat, elegiac mood piece and character study about angry, damaged people whose lives are as desolate as the dusty West Texas landscape they inhabit.

March 4, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

A nice, heavy movie, if a bit depressing.

October 7, 2005
7M Pictures

Haunting film, with unexpectedly great supporting performances by Caan and Paltrow

June 2, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A captivating thriller with three solid performances

May 6, 2005
Moviehole

The film starts better than you've heard, but soon gets worse than you predicted.

August 14, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Explores the searing power of evil.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The best film of 1993. Seriously. Great breakthrough performance by Gwyneth Paltrow also.

October 18, 2002
New Times

Dry and a bit slow, but there are a few rewards to be found.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

There are few pictures more deserving of critical revisionism.

April 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Flesh and Bone is a stylish little surprise that boasts uniformly excellent performances.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Flesh And Bone

[font=Century Gothic]In "Flesh and Bone", Arlis(Dennis Quaid) is a vending machine operator in rural Texas. His machines run the gamut from "Brainy Chicken" to condom dispensers. He has a regular schedule of dropoffs, pickups and women to take care of but no ambitions to spread his operations wider. But one evening, when attempting to order take-out food at a bar, he comes across a bachelor party where a stripper is scheduled to jump out of a cake, but Kay(Meg Ryan) has had too much to drink, and instead stumbles, vomits and passes out. After she wakes up the next morning and gets dressed, Arlis agrees to give her a ride home to Bayview.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Flesh and Bone" is a very compelling, well-directed movie with some unexpected flashes of humor about whether nature or nurture shapes us the most as adults. The Texas countryside where time moves forward but not much changes is lovingly photographed. The movie is well-acted by a very capable cast.(Meg Ryan is an underrated actress, having performed well in "Hurlyburly" and "Courage under Fire". It is just when she acts cutesy that I have to reach for the air sickness bag. And Gwyneth Paltrow portrays dimwits well.) My main problem with the movie is that it all hangs on one very large coincedence. [/font]
August 31, 2006
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