Flesh and Bone

Flesh and Bone

Director: Steve Kloves

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Caan


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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
This underrated gem from writer/director Steve Kloves recalls the dirge-like atmosphere and violent subject matter of In Cold Blood (1967). Like that Truman Capote novel and film, Kloves' tale revolves around a rural mass murder and its consequences, but an artificiality sometimes peeks through the veneer in snatches of dialogue and character business that don't ring quite true. Despite these bumps in the narrative road, some forgivable predictability and a pace that occasionally lags, this absorbing drama develops into a strong, riveting tale with a knockout of an ending. Flesh and Bone also boasts a quartet of solid leads. Real-life husband and wife at the time, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan are sporadically too cute and perky for the material, but their genuine chemistry is evident and grounds the script's lapses in dialogue and character development. Meanwhile, James Caan sinks his teeth into another morally conflicted part, while Gwyneth Paltrow shines in the role that began her ascent to stardom. Kloves' film falls just short of its Shakespearean aspirations, but it's an intelligent, emotionally veracious drama worthy of a talented filmmaker.

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Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Arlis Sweeney
Meg Ryan Kay Davies
James Caan Roy Sweeney
Gwyneth Paltrow Ginnie
Scott Wilson Elliot
Chris Rydell Reese Davies
Lisa Blount Actor
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Jerry Swindall Young Arlis
Ryan Bohls Scotty Willets
Julia Mueller Sarah Willets
Ron Kuhlman Clem Willets
Barbara Alyn Woods Cindy
James Harrell Woody
Betsy Brantley Peg
John Hawkes Groom
Vic Polizos Pudge Riley
Nik Hagler Earl
Joe Stevens Kyle
Gail Cronauer Emma
Joe Berryman Plump Man
Travis Baker Sullen Kid
Libby Villari Waitress
Angie Bolling Woman with Crying Baby

Technical Credits
Steve Kloves Director,Screenwriter
Charles William Breen Art Director
G. Mac Brown Co-producer
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Mia Goldman Editor
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Elizabeth McBride Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Michael Musical Direction/Supervision
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Dorothy Pearl Makeup
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Mark Rosenberg Producer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Samara Schaffer Set Decoration/Design
Paula Weinstein Producer

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