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The Bone Collector (1999)

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A quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and his female partner try to track down a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City.

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Phillip Noyce

Writers:

Jeffery Deaver (book), Jeremy Iacone (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Lincoln Rhyme
Angelina Jolie ... Amelia Donaghy
Queen Latifah ... Thelma
Michael Rooker ... Captain Howard Cheney
Michael McGlone ... Detective Kenny Solomon (as Mike McGlone)
Luis Guzmán ... Eddie Ortiz (as Luis Guzman)
Leland Orser ... Richard Thompson
John Benjamin Hickey ... Dr. Barry Lehman
Bobby Cannavale ... Amelia's Boyfriend
Ed O'Neill ... Detective Paulie Sellitto
Richard Zeman ... Lt. Carl Hanson
Olivia Birkelund Olivia Birkelund ... Lindsay Rubin
Gary Swanson ... Alan Rubin
James Bulleit James Bulleit ... Train Engineer (as Jim Bulleit)
Frank Fontaine ... Grandfather
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Storyline

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Two cops on the trail of a brutal killer. They must see as one, they must act as one, they must think as one, before the next victim falls. See more »


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Rated R for strong violent content including grisly images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bone Collector See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$73,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,712,020, 7 November 1999

Gross USA:

$66,518,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,493,655
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Angelina Jolie's real-life modeling career was written into the script, to make it seem more believable for her to be a New York City beat cop. See more »

Goofs

(at around 38 mins) The view from the car window does not match the swerving you'd expect from Amelia's frantic steering and the screeching sound effects as she drives to the wife of the first victim. See more »

Quotes

Paulie: [Amelia drives the car screeching from lane to lane] Jesus Christ! I'd like to get there in one piece, if possible.
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Alternate Versions

An alternative ending was shot where Thelma survives and can be seen at the Christmas party. This was not used because it was deemed too unbelievable. See more »

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Don't Give Up
Written by Peter Gabriel
Performed by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush
Peter Gabriel appears courtesy of Real world Records, Virgin Records and Geffen Records
Kate Bush appears courtesy of EMI Records
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Fingering the killer
10 April 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Bone Collector is a serial killer thriller in the vein of Seven. Here the gruesome deaths are hinted at rather than shown in a gory visceral manner.

Denzel Washington is Lincoln Rhyme, a paraplegic detective now bedridden who needs round the clock care after an accident. Rhyme was a brilliant forensic detective who wrote several books on the subject.

Now his superiors want his help as a maniac pretending to be a cab driver, is abducting victims, torturing and killing them yet leaving clues behind for Rhyme to solve. He is assisted by a rookie cop, Amelia (Angelina Jolie) who acts as his physical being as she goes does the leg work and goes out out to the subterranean dark lairs where the victims have been held.

As the film progresses it almost seems like a chess game is being played with Rhyme, the clues are aimed at Rhyme somehow as if the killer is taunting Rhyme, like they might have dealt with each other in the past.

Director Phillip Noyce uses the film such as Sea of Love as a template for misdirection. It even has Michael Rooker playing a police chief, he played the villain in Sea of Love, initially appearing in a small scene.

However the ending was rather cheesy with some campy lines and the motive of the killer felt like a bolt from the blue. Still it is an entertaining thriller but not up to the standards of Seven, Sea of Love or The Silence of the Lambs.


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