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Bones (2001)

Over 20 years after his death by a gunshot, Jimmy Bones comes back as a ghost to wreak revenge on those who killed him and to clean up his neighborhood.

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Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Snoop Dogg ... Jimmy Bones
Pam Grier ... Pearl
Michael T. Weiss ... Lupovich
Clifton Powell ... Jeremiah Peet
Ricky Harris ... Eddie Mack
Bianca Lawson ... Cynthia
Khalil Kain ... Patrick
Merwin Mondesir ... Bill
Sean Amsing ... Maurice
Katharine Isabelle ... Tia
Ron Selmour ... Shotgun (as Ronald Selmour)
Deezer D ... Stank
Garikayi Mutambirwa ... Weaze
Erin Wright Erin Wright ... Snowflake
Josh Byer ... Jason
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Storyline

The time is 1979. Jimmy Bones is respected and loved as the neighborhood protector. When he is betrayed and brutally murdered by a corrupt cop, Bones' elegant brownstone becomes his tomb, Twenty-two years later, the neighborhood has become a ghetto, and his home has turned into a Gothic ruin. Four teens renovate it as an after hours nightclub, unknowingly releasing Jimmy's tortured spirit. Its thrills and chills when blood spills when Jimmy's ghost sets about its frightful revenge, his killers unaware of the gruesome fate that awaits them. With each new victim, the terror mounts, and Bones' vengeance spins out of control, threatening everyone in his path, including his former lover, Pearl. Get ready for Bones!!! Written by Midnight Hunter X <chico318@aol.com>

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This Halloween, unleash the Dogg. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language, sexuality and drugs | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bones - Bis auf die Knochen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,823,548, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:

$7,316,658

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,378,853
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first time where Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier collaborated together on film - they have done music videos since 1993. See more »

Goofs

Near the climax, when Patrick's "father" has hold of his arm, he is shouting "Jimmy Bones did this, Patrick," but his mouth is not moving. See more »

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Maurice: I'm Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. All I gotta do is shake my own hand.
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For JACK See more »

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References Nosferatu (1922) See more »

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One Thing or Another
Written by A. Keley and A. Best
Performed by Ak Skills (as AK SKILLS)
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8/10 on my scale. What a good horror/revenge fick should be
13 April 2002 | by billybrown41See all my reviews

Yeah, like pretty much every other horror movie that hits the theaters, this one took a pretty heavy trashing both, from the critics and from the audiences who didn't understand it. However, I found "Bones" to be a highly enjoyable, entertaining, and (at times) creepy horror flick that I hope, is the birth of a new franchise. It's very refreshing to see a horror flick that can take a standard premise and make it seem fresh again. Also, I enjoyed the killer being a someone who we can sympathize with. Let me break it down a little bit.

Back in 1979, Jimmy Bones was the man of his neighborhood. Just what all he was into is never fully explained, but we do know that he runs a pretty classy little nightclub and loves to dress in full-pimp get-up. Basically, Bones is a good guy. All he wants to do is run his business and take care of his people. However, when he is propositioned to bring in crack, he refuses and is double-crossed then murdered by people he thought he could trust.

Jump twenty years into the future and we get a group of twenty-somethings who have just bought the building where Bones was murdered. Hoping to turn the place into a club, they ignore all warnings of the place's evil and pretty soon, they mess around and wake the dead. Now that Bones is back, he's upset, understandably, and wants revenge on the people who did him wrong.

That's it. Kinda sounds like Nightmare On Elm Street right? Well, it's a lot like it and a lot of others you may have seen. What set this one apart for me was the lead. Casting Snoop Dog as Jimmy Bones was perfect. I've never been a big fan of his acting, but here, he pulls it off great giving us a villain that we can sympathize with, care about, and root for. We know where he's coming from and watching him take his revenge on the dispicable villains was fun fun fun. I also enjoyed the romantic angle brought to the film by the chemistry between Snoop and Pam Grier. I don't think that it would have gone down near as well had there been a different set of actors, but it gave a real soft side to Bones and made me like him that much more.

I really loved the cinematography and having the blood look intentionally fake, was also a nice touch. Unlike some others, I really enjoyed the shifting in tones. The first 2/3 of the picture had a really dark and gothic tone to it while the latter third had a little bit of comic relief thrown in. Yes, it went WAY over the top (the severed heads, that whole "world of the dead" bit) but, for me, that added to the overall joy of the film and made it that much more. It also made it VERY hard to take it serious. It's pretty hard to find a good horror flick these days (and a mainstream one, at that) and I'm sure that I'll be adding this one to my dvd collection pretty soon. Oh, (I don't think I'm giving too much away here) the door is left open for a whole slew of sequels. I can't wait.


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