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Flesh & Blood

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An attempted political overthrow in Northern Italy fails, causing most of the mercenaries hired by the coup leaders to flee. For Martin (Rutger Hauer) this is not the case, he intends to rob his duplicitous former employer Arnolfini (Fernando Hillbeck). Using a stolen religious artifact as a talisman, Martin raises his own army. He later abducts Arnolfini's future daughter-in-law Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who evades gang rape by professing eternal devotion to her captor. Along with a deadly plague, weeks of plunder and destruction follow.

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Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Adventure
Director Paul Verhoeven
Starring Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Supporting actors Tom Burlinson, Jack Thompson, Fernando Hilbeck, Susan Tyrrell, Ronald Lacey, Brion James, John Dennis Johnston, Simón Andreu, Bruno Kirby, Kitty Courbois, Marina Saura, Hans Veerman, Jake Wood, Héctor Alterio, Blanca Marsillach, Nancy Cartwright, Jorge Bosso, Mario De Barros
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Cybele A. Baker VINE VOICE on February 2, 2004
Format: DVD
I'm tired of folks who complain in their reviews of this when if they had just read the Amazon reviews as well as the comment that this film is for viewers 18 and over they may have not had to bother seeing this film.
Don't blame the other positive reveiws or even Amazon for your inability to read all about it before renting/buying this film.
This film is very brutal,it is very dark and it is one of the the most brilliant portrayals of the the period ever made...Errol Flynn films are fun but this is NOT an Errol Flynn film. Heck if you've seen Robocop you know how brutal Verhoeven can get!
This film is amazing I saw it ages ago and at first I also found the graphic parts a bit much then I sat down actually watched what was happening, it is a amazing story extremely well acted and brilliantly filmed.
Jennifer Jason Leigh may have a bigger name for herself now but this is still on of her best films to date. Hauer is always interesting in his films and this is a real gem for him.
So here is the deal if you do not like the brutal reality of "Ye Olden Days" do not see this film...but if you are intrigued to see a well acted and will filmed portrayal of the birth of the renaissance era and people who lived then and it is brutal, then see this film it is also really beautiful.
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One of the most outstanding performances in this film is that of Jason-Leigh, who plays Agnes. While Agnes grew up in a convent, unaware of the ways of the world, she's a damned fast study, and manages to pit Steven against Martin, Martin against Steven, and, finally, the remaining mercenaries against both. The character of Agnes would put any fantastic wicked queen to shame. She's regarded as a defenseless damsel, but, truth be told, she's probably the most lethal of the lot, having learned quickly what weapons were afforded her sex. In the end, she's had two men fight to kill for her, betrayed both horribly, and managed to walk away from the event exonerated and to a future of apparent happiness. The antics of Agnes are worth seeing this film for. Hauer, one of cinema's favorite villains, also turns in a stellar performance, however, and the whole historical setting of the film, from the superstition and ignorance mixed with religious fervor, Machiavellian politics, stunning late medieval architecture, and the exceptional swordplay lend this film a gritty reality that make it eminently watchable.
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As a longtime Rutger Hauer fan, I knew I would get around to watching Paul Verhoeven's medieval epic "Flesh + Blood" sooner or later. Thanks to DVD, it's sooner. True Hauer fans appreciate seeing him in anything, which is saying a lot considering the immense number of low budget schlock films he starred in over the last couple of decades. No matter how many times he plays a cranky cop embittered with the march of technology, or a fugitive on the run from justice, we diehards always refuse to change the channel. One reason I appreciate Hauer is that his performance is never anything less than wonderful even in the worst of films. Take a film like "Arctic Blue," for example. It plods with the speed of a snail caught in molasses, looks like the filmmakers used a chainsaw as an editing tool, and boasts a script riddled with cliches. O.k., it isn't that bad, but you get the idea. The only good thing in the entire film is this actor. That's the only reason to watch the film entitled "Arctic Blue." That's the power of Rutger Hauer--with a wave of his hand or a scowl on his face, he can turn a terrible film into something bearable. It's a gift few possess.

"Flesh + Blood" isn't a terrible film. It isn't, I hate to say, a great one either. Verhoeven's film begins by introducing us to a motley band of mercenaries waging war in the employ of a powerful nobleman. This wealthy figure promises the group, led by the charismatic Martin (Rutger Hauer), that he will allow them to loot the city as a reward for defeating the enemy. Sounds like a good idea, right? Lots of pillage and plunder always does a man's heart good. Martin--with Orbec (Bruno Kirby), Karsthans (Brion James), and several other ruffians--sets out to win the war.
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I can't recommend this film highly enough. Rutger Hauer plays soldier Martin, a mercenery in the employ of Count Arnolfini who lays siege to a fortified town somewhere in Europe 1520. He and his band are a motley crew including a deranged cardinal of the church who are betrayed by their former paymaster. The film is one of Paul Verhoeven's finest and quite gory but which is nevertheless lifted by moments of great hilarity as when 'the gang' adopt Saint Martin as their patron. All their subsequent 'decisions' are made on the basis of signs received from a statue of the saint that only the cardinal and soldier Martin seem able to comprehend. Add to this the appearance of Jennifer Jason Leigh as Agnes and Steven the count's son, and the story leads you on an adventure involving kidnapping, pillage and frequent killings. The soundtrack by Basil Poledouris who also composed the score for Conan The Barbarian, is simply breathtaking. In the composer's own words Martin is a noble character, despite the courseness his profession would seem to suggest. The music successfully evokes the sense of adventure and swashbuckle that are the hallmarks of a great story. Enjoy the film.
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