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Bone Collector, The (1999)

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Four 1/2 out of Five


Rating: R (strong violent content including grisly images, and for language)
Length: 118 minutes


Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)


ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 2.0





Denzel Washington plays a quadriplegic detective that is spending his time thinking about suicide not police work. There are a series of bizarre murders in which the killer is intentionally leaving clues behind. He gets drug into this mystery and recruits a young rookie cop (Joli) into helping him even though she is reluctant at first.


There's so much I like about this movie that it's hard to narrow it down. The chemistry between the actors, especially Washington and Joli, is outstanding and they take the time to do character development. The story sucks you in from the start and if you pay attention, there are a lot of little things shown that are clues and will also make you wonder if the killer is someone on the team. And this movie is proof that Joli can actually act when she has something to work with; lets face it, the vast majority of her films don't require a whole lot from her other than her looks which I still feel are overrated.


The one thing about this film that has so many people up in arms is the ending. Though many feel it's absolutely ridiculous, and I will admit it is a bit weird, I don't have a major issue with it. And for those people that are a bit squeamish, the deaths in this film are graphic though they do try to tone it down some with the darkness.


  • Audio Commentary With Director Phillip Noyce
  • Spotlight On Location
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Crew Filmography
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD-ROM Features


As you've probably figured out, I like this film. If crime dramas are your cup of tea then this film should be in your collection.


Phillip Noyce   [Patriot Games, The Quiet American, The Saint, Sliver]


Olivia Birkelund - Lindsay Rubin
James Bulleit - Train Engineer
Bobby Cannavale - Steve, Amelia's Boyfriend
Frank Fontaine - Grandfather
Luis Guzmán - Eddie Ortiz
[Boogie Nights, Carlito's Way, The Count of Monte Cristo, Innocent Blood, Magnolia]
John Benjamin Hickey - Dr. Barry Lehman
[Flags of Our Fathers, The General's Daughter]
Angelina Jolie - Amelia Donaghy
[Alexander, Beowulf, Gia, Gone in 60 Seconds, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Original Sin, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Wanted]
Queen Latifah - Thelma
[Chicago, Sphere]
Mike McGlone - Detective Kenny Solomon
Ed O'Neill - Detective Paulie Sellitto
Leland Orser - Richard Thompson
[Alien: Resurrection, Daredevil, Twisted]
Michael Rooker - Captain Howard Cheney
[Days of Thunder, JFK, Mallrats, Mississippi Burning, The Replacement Killers]
Gary Swanson - Alan Rubin
Denzel Washington - Lincoln Rhyme
[American Gangster, Crimson Tide, Glory, Malcolm X, Man on Fire, The Siege]
Richard Zeman - Lieutenant Carl Hanson


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