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Flesh & Blood

Flesh & Blood

1985
Drama
Action
2h 6m
A band of medieval mercenaries take revenge on a noble lord who decides not to pay them by kidnapping the betrothed of the noble's son... (imdb)
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Flesh & Blood

1985
Drama
Action
2h 6m
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Rated 04 Sep 2012
74
79th
Old man Verhoeven asks the age-old question: which is more despicable, cheating hard-working mercenaries out of their right to plunder, or raping a noble maiden by the inviting light of a warm campfire? If you look past minor issues such as "super-fast-acting plague" and "pre-fab siege engine," there is something for everyone. Even Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan could learn a lot by studying the uber-romantic scene featuring a tender kiss between star-crossed lovers underneath a disemboweled corpse.
Rated 20 Aug 2009
81
88th
Incredible violent medieval flick about a band of mercenaries led by Rutger Hauer, assisted by 80's b-picture legend Brion James and featuring the delectable Jennifer Jason Leigh prancing around naked for most of her screen-time. At this point in the review you should be checking Netflix or your favourite torrent site. k bye.
Rated 01 May 2011
86
47th
I saw *Flesh and Blood* years ago, in a movie theater in a small Mexican town. Outside the theater, there was a lurid poster which advertised the film with the words: MORE ACTION! MORE SEX! MORE HISTORY! After I saw the film, I remember thinking that the Spanish-language ad described the film perfectly.
Rated 06 Sep 2016
60
36th
Barmy medieval fun from Verhoeven. The cast is good, and the setting works well, even if the script doesn't flow naturally. Hauer has natural charisma, and it was good to see oddballs like Lacey and James turn up. The tone is unusual - amidst the grime, there were a couple of moments when it seemed to veer into Monty Python territory. All the characters are vile, and there is enough nudity, depravity, weirdness and violence to keep the audience's attention.
Rated 23 Jan 2016
80
82nd
Pretty standard plot but it's the characters and the little things in it that make it so enjoyable. There's no noble guys and evil villains here. Everybody's following their own agendas using money, religious brainwashing and vaginas to keep being alive in these harsh times. I also love the fact that the most romantic scene of the film took place under disgusting rotting corpses.
Rated 09 Jan 2016
20
5th
Revels in amorality partly in the name of realism, but primarily in the name of "fun." It's Robin Hood for psychosexual sadists.
Rated 10 Apr 2019
66
13th
Contains plenty of flesh and blood.
Rated 21 Jul 2012
80
77th
Subverts many medieval flick clichés and boasts a non-stop fun thrill ride full of violence, sex and very interesting themes like the advancement of human kind, the power of sexuality and the role of women during throughout the times.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
Blood, mud and full frontal nudity from a scandalously young looking Jennifer Jason Leigh in this awesome and grimy Medieval action flick. The siege engine that Steven builds is absolutely ludicrous, though.
Rated 27 Feb 2007
76
62nd
Brutal and incredibly cynical look at medieval politics and human nature that's fairly interesting and very entertaining.
Rated 06 Apr 2007
75
90th
While everyone enjoys the stories of the old times and chivalry, Verhoven depicts it as a nonstop battle for survival. Both the film and Hauer is passionate in their own way and it hasn't aged much.
Rated 29 Jul 2008
90
76th
Ugly, foul and often brutal, 'Flesh & Blood' is also unexpectedly sincere, reminding us that, well, the Dark Ages were ugly, foul and often brutal. Still, it has its own sense of humor and more memorable scenes than most recent movies. Some elements have dated, but attention to detail and a rousing Basil Poledouris score will keep you glued to the screen. If you appreciate Verhoeven (and I do I do -clap clap clap), you'll love it. If you despise him, you can stop reading right now.
Rated 09 Aug 2016
75
71st
Historical fiction brought to you by Verhoeven. If you know his work then you will not be disappointed. There is some truly vile rape and violence showcased but on the otherhand the performances by all the actors are so over the top that it becomes this glorious distilled manifestation of everthing that is Verhoeven. Hauer and Leigh's performance together are courageous and fascinating moments of acting. This is a disgusting but unique film. Criminally underrated and misunderstood gem.
Rated 26 Sep 2009
80
77th
Pretty sure this movie was so ridiculously awful that it ended up being good.
Rated 15 Jul 2019
68
35th
- Enjoyable historic action-adventure movie, which in its day got a reputation for its more realistic depiction of violence in the Dark Ages than the usual romantic swashbuckling adventures. But nowadays the movie is most interesting as an transitional piece in Verhoeven's career. This being a Dutch-US-Spain co-production, it's a precursor for his move from the Netherlands to the US. Of course Verhoeven wouldn't be Verhoeven, if there wasn't a subversive message in this.
Rated 31 May 2012
4
57th
An over the top, violent, bawdy medieval revenge flick by Paul Verhoeven. Need I say more?
Rated 01 Sep 2015
84
77th
All the characters are of dubious morality, and that's what makes this such a good film. It makes both the drama and comedy that much more effective and keeps it, mostly, from descending into cheesiness.
Rated 31 Mar 2009
77
81st
Violence and nudity makes a good movie.
Rated 27 Mar 2018
61
55th
The hero is a violent rapist who may also be a saint. On the plus side it's directed by Paul Verhoeven.
Rated 06 Mar 2019
55
18th
Verhoeven is well versed in the ultra-violent and ultra-sexual aspects of society. Portraying these on film are often a highlight in some of the most entertaining films of the 80s and 90s. For me, Flesh + Blood fails to rise above a showcase for sex and violence as his later films do. There isn't a character to cheer for and the plot is not much more than slight. I completely get what he was going for, but this didn't do it.
Rated 04 Jan 2015
90
69th
Classic early Verhoeven. Nudity, violence, and a hearty sense of humor regarding both. Like a man's version of The Neverending Story.
Rated 06 Mar 2023
60
38th
With all the rape, "ironic" twists on rape (Leigh's princess-to-be feigns enthusiasm for her rape in order to emasculate Hauer's character, and in essence commits the film's first rape herself by ordering her slave-maid Bart Simpson to, erm, demonstrate the ways of nature), absurd violence, and general self-aware shagginess this has the feeling of a pomo jay-oh a la Barth or Coover, but there is no analog to their rich style nor any real humour or soul. But there is Susan Tyrrell.
Rated 15 Feb 2019
80
55th
You can definitely see the melodramatic and satiristic style Vehrhoeven would hone later. Characters switch between protagonist and antagonist roles in an otherwise run-of-the-mill medieval sword and siege movie. If you've seen Starship Troopers, RoboCop, and Showgirls, you can expect similar acting that is convincing enough but still leans towards ham in service of the satirical style. Runtime is a probably a tad too long, but there are few dull.moments. Underrated film in the Vehrhoeven oeuvre
Rated 23 Jul 2023
67
33rd
The relationship dynamic between Hauer and Leigh is by far the most interesting aspect of an otherwise flawed movie. I wasn't quite sure if the relationship was just nonsense or whether they were going for the Stockholmian Syndrome vibe. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The nominal "hero" is unfortunately not very good and is overshadowed by Hauer and Lee. Character motivations don't make sense. The goofy contraption that they use to get into the castle is hilarious.
Rated 26 Apr 2019
87
83rd
I thank God movies like this get made. Grisly, nasty, and brutish; FLESH & BLOOD was an expensive bomb for Paul Verhoeven who would later go on to redeem his reputation with ROBOCOP. The idea of the Leigh character going with her rapist instead of her assigned husband is wonderfully edgy. Is it masochism, a strategy to prevent assault and maintain some level of control, evolutionary psychology- the alpha rapist able to protect her better in this mean environment? It's an open question.
Rated 09 Jun 2022
70
46th
Loses something by becoming a love triangle, but Verhoeven is in his element, putting the ugliness of humanity on full display.
Rated 19 Dec 2023
90
52nd
A strange medieval action/drama. Though few to root for, it was compelling throughout.
Rated 09 Aug 2020
80
81st
verhoeven gibi gişe filmi yapan, janr ile oynayan, ciddi bir metin sunup onun içinde de kendiyle alay eden ve kamerasını böyle ustaca kullanıp film boyu eğlendiren o kadar az yönetmen var ki. baştan sona çok eğlenceli, filmlerde oluşmuş ortaçağ anlayışıyla dalgasını geçen harika bir film.
Rated 20 Aug 2020
90
78th
The romance under the hanged man is peak cinema.
Rated 16 Jun 2017
68
52nd
Nihilistic robin hood. Hauer is great and look! Its brion James too! I uh enjoyed it but couldn't get past its pessimistic and sadistic tilt i guess I'm too sensitive in my bloody medieval romps.
Rated 24 Apr 2015
72
68th
Watched this when I found out it has both Rutger Hauer and Brion James in it, hoping maybe it would be like Blade Runner in medieval times or something. Unfortunately it's not, but it's still pretty good.
Rated 01 Jun 2014
85
86th
Gross.
Rated 12 Oct 2013
3
92nd
Over the top and back, but the ride is fun, bloody and rapetastically good.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
37
44th
Not really that much flesh and blood, it's more plague and pillage. Upsides are a few refreshing plot-choices, performances from R.Hauer and Jennifer.JL, and even when this gets a bit too tedious it still manages to hold my interest fairly well. But a not-all-that story, overlong pacing-issue and some plot-simplicity are too vital wounds in the end; not deadly but at least crippling. *Preview*: #13#, exp-3*, story, reviews, director Verhoeven/2, (R.Hauer), R2.
Rated 27 Aug 2012
50
9th
Don't know much about history but I figure Verhoeven probably doesn't either. The warscenes don't feel real, but Hauer is good and it's still a good action flick; sex, blood, and not too much to think about.
Rated 16 Oct 2010
69
73rd
Pretty interesting medieval revenge flick.
Rated 20 Sep 2009
50
33rd
Not much to see here
Rated 18 Jun 2009
91
98th
Great Movie
Rated 26 May 2008
85
60th
Gritty medieval action, with plenty of unexpected twists. This probably has to do with being a combined US-Dutch production, thus falling outside the Hollywood patterns.
Rated 22 Mar 2008
95
88th
A lost classic. Blod , gore, guts and lots of mud.
Rated 15 Dec 2007
49
28th
Verhoeven's American directing debut, basically begins sewing the seeds of ultraviolence and nudity. Other than Hauer's interesting acting and the refreshing take of the Dark Ages, it's not worth your time.
Rated 13 Oct 2007
4
84th
this is how you make a medieval movie!

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