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Flesh And Bone (1993)



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A traveling vending-machine salesman begins a romance with a young woman recovering from a bad marriage, but their love is threatened by the reappearance of the salesman's criminal father. This suspenseful drama chronicles the tense conflicts that follow, ultimately forcing dark family secrets to the surface.

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Dennis Quaid
as Arliss Sweeney
Meg Ryan
as Kay Davies
James Caan
as Roy Sweeney
Jerry Swindall
as Arliss (as a child)
Chris Rydell
as Reese Davies
Julia Mueller
as Sarah Willets
Ron Kuhlman
as Clem Willets
Ryan Bohls
as Scotty Willets
Ed Perez
as Boy in Suit
Joe Berryman
as Plump Man
Vic Polizos
as Pudge Riley
Travis Baker
as Sullen Kid
Angie Bolling
as Woman with Crying Baby
Libby Villari
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for Flesh And Bone

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

Although the plot comes to rely on a particularly outlandish series of coincidences, it's a credit to Kloves's skill that you can almost put this out of your mind...

September 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The film is depressing for some of the right reasons, and all of the wrong ones.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Quaid's solid performance holds the film's loose ends together. He's really very much at home on the range here...Ryan rises pretty much above her more usual perky, pretty image, giving a funky performance.

April 18, 2018 | Full Review…

the whole movie rests on the interaction of the two characters and the appeal of the stars who embody them

June 14, 2007 | Rating: 1/5

A downbeat, elegiac mood piece and character study about angry, damaged people whose lives are as desolate as the dusty West Texas landscape they inhabit.

March 4, 2006 | Rating: 7/10

A nice, heavy movie, if a bit depressing.

October 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Flesh And Bone

[font=Century Gothic]In "Flesh and Bone", Arlis(Dennis Quaid) is a vending machine operator in rural Texas. His machines run the gamut from "Brainy Chicken" to condom dispensers. He has a regular schedule of dropoffs, pickups and women to take care of but no ambitions to spread his operations wider. But one evening, when attempting to order take-out food at a bar, he comes across a bachelor party where a stripper is scheduled to jump out of a cake, but Kay(Meg Ryan) has had too much to drink, and instead stumbles, vomits and passes out. After she wakes up the next morning and gets dressed, Arlis agrees to give her a ride home to Bayview.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Flesh and Bone" is a very compelling, well-directed movie with some unexpected flashes of humor about whether nature or nurture shapes us the most as adults. The Texas countryside where time moves forward but not much changes is lovingly photographed. The movie is well-acted by a very capable cast.(Meg Ryan is an underrated actress, having performed well in "Hurlyburly" and "Courage under Fire". It is just when she acts cutesy that I have to reach for the air sickness bag. And Gwyneth Paltrow portrays dimwits well.) My main problem with the movie is that it all hangs on one very large coincedence. [/font]

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