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Flesh And Bone (1993)




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A traveling vending-machine salesman begins a romance with a young woman recovering from a bad marriage, but their love is threatened by the reappearance of the salesman's criminal father. This suspenseful drama chronicles the tense conflicts that follow, ultimately forcing dark family secrets to the surface.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Paramount Home Video


Dennis Quaid
as Arliss Sweeney
Meg Ryan
as Kay Davies
James Caan
as Roy Sweeney
Jerry Swindall
as Arliss (as a child)
Chris Rydell
as Reese Davies
Julia Mueller
as Sarah Willets
Ron Kuhlman
as Clem Willets
Ryan Bohls
as Scotty Willets
Ed Perez
as Boy in Suit
Joe Berryman
as Plump Man
Vic Polizos
as Pudge Riley
Travis Baker
as Sullen Kid
Angie Bolling
as Woman with Crying Ba...
Libby Villari
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Flesh And Bone

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | November 5, 1993
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

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]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Sometimes it's odd/jarring/wistful to see a couple in a movie who have split quite a while ago. Gwyneth Paltrow is in FLESH AND BONE, too. She's good.

67/100. Fine story with very effective casting. Dennis Quaid is terrific and Gwyneth Paltrow does an exceptional job in a supporting role. The two hour plus running time makes it a little slow moving at times, but it is well worth watching. Good score and cinematography.

James Higgins

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