Flesh + BloodDirector: Paul Verhoeven
When an attempted political coup in 16th century Northern Italy fails, most of the mercenaries hired by the coup leaders disperse. Not so Martin (Rutger Hauer), who intends to rob his duplicitous former employer Arnolfini (Fernando Hillbeck). Martin is able to raise his own army by using a stolen religious artifact as a talisman. He later kidnaps Arnolfini's prospective daughter-in-law Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who saves herself from gang rape by feigning eternal devotion to her captor. Weeks of plunder and destruction follow, with a deadly plague thrown into the stew. Flesh and Blood has also been released under the title The Rose and the Sword.
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Cast & Crew
|Jennifer Jason Leigh||Agnes|
|John Dennis Johnston||Summer|
|Hans Veerman||Father George|
|Jake Wood||Little John|
|Mario De Barros||Herman|
|Ida Bons||Roly Poly|
|Jaime Segura||Lord of the Castle|
|Siobhan Hayes||Child of the Castle|
|Bettina Brenner||Lady of the Castle|
|Susan Beresford||Sturdy Woman|
|Monica Luccetti||Tongueless Girl|
|Yvonne Blake||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jan de Bont||Cinematographer|
|Joe di Gaetano||Special Effects|
|Felix Murcia||Art Director|
|Basil Poledouris||Score Composer|
|Gerard Soeteman||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Jose S. Vicuna||Associate Producer|
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I first saw Flesh + Blood on late night TV just by happenstance. What I saw drew me in and kept my attention till the bitter end. This story is a remarkable mirror of Epic Literature and follows the archetypes to the very letter. The acting is mild for such a rich story, indeed it might have been a hit had they of been able to afford some Class A actors. The visuals are absolutely stunning and paid more than enough attention to. The music flows perfectly with the stories dark themes of the very animalistic nature that man is capable of. The film does possesses relevant humor as long as you understand the cultural background that they reference to. It's a wonderful film for deep thought and allusions to the human condition and how far someone would go for their desires. If human sexaulity and brutality disturbs you then be forewarned you may find this to be uneasy to watch. The one performance that stands out over the rest of the cast is Rutger Hauer's St. Martin who conjures a frighening and realistic Anti-Hero identical to what people may think of Achilles as they read from Homer.
The first time I saw this movie, was when it just came out. I was not yet in my teens and fell in love the movie. I've been waiting to find it on either DVD or VHS. Everyone should see it at least once.
This movie is utterly amazing in every way. I wanted for like two years after first seeing to just find it on DVD. Its got medivel glamor and gore, what more can I say.
This film fails on almost every count. The action scenes are too brief. The love scenes are too shallow. The conflict is senseless. It is full of ugliness and squalor without redeeming value. The sex scenes are uncomfortable because of the unattractiveness of the performers (although in a historical context this may be the most realistic part of the film). If you just must see Jennifer Jason Leigh naked, you might be able to sit through this though she looks like she's about twelve years old in this. On a slow, rainy Sunday afternoon this might be passable viewing if there isn't anything else available.