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Flesh + Blood (1985)
Flesh+Blood (original title)
R | 2h 8min | Adventure, Drama | 30 August 1985 (USA)

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. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction… See full summary »
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Writers: Gerard Soeteman (screenplay), Gerard Soeteman (story) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson | See full cast & crew »
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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. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate. Written by Keith Loh
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Plot Keywords: nudity | male nudity | mercenary | noble | plague | See All (110) »

Taglines: In a savage time, torn between two rivals she fought for survival with the only weapon she had… herself. See more »

Genres: Adventure | Drama

Certificate: R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites: MGM
Country: Netherlands | Spain | USA
Language: English | Latin
Release Date: 30 August 1985 (USA) See more »
Also Known As: Flesh & Blood See more »
Filming Locations: Belmonte, Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain See more »

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Budget:$6,500,000 (estimated)
Gross USA: $100,000, 1 September 1985
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Production Co: Riverside Pictures, Impala See more »
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Runtime: 128 min (uncut)
Sound Mix: Dolby
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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This motion picture’s opening title card reads: “Western Europe 1501”. See more »

Toward the end of the film, a bright set light seen reflected in Summer’s sword blade. See more »

[during siege on castle]
Arnolfini: Steven, you stay right here with Father George.
Steven: Why?
Arnolfini: Fighting is for fools.
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Machiavellian, Violent, Amoral and Hypnotic Adventure in the Middle Ages
4 June 2005 | by Claudio Carvalho – See all my reviews
In 1501, in the Western Europe, in a period when the black plague is jeopardizing the populations, an army of mercenary peasants leaded by Martin (Rutger Hauer) fights side-by-side with the noble Arnolfini (Fernando Hilbeck) to retrieve his castle, with the promise of a huge reward. However, the band is betrayed by Arnolfini, and decides to pay him back, assaulting and stealing a caravan under the command of Arnolfini and his son and student, Steven (Tom Burlinson). In one of the wagon is traveling the fiancée of Steven, Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who is accidentally kidnapped and later raped by the group. Agnes becomes Martin’s mate, and the mercenaries decide to invade a castle, without knowing that the army of Arnolfini is chasing them.

“Flesh & Blood” is one of the best movies in the Middle Ages I have ever seen: it is a Machiavellian, violent, amoral and hypnotic adventure, indeed very brutal, with the peasants being poor and ignorant people, with dirty clothes, spoiled teeth, living in dirty and muddy villages. Therefore, a vision totally different from Hollywood movies, with fancy castles and villages with beautiful people. The direction of Paul Verhoven is efficient and perfect as usual, and the entire cast has magnificent and very natural performances, highlighting the amazing Rutger Hauer in the role of Martin, and Jennifer Jason Leigh who has one of her best performances, in the stunning role of a young woman that uses her body to fight for survival in a hostile environment. I have this movie on VHS, but I bought the DVD recently released in Brazil by the distributor Continental, and it was a worthwhile investment, since the widescreen image and the sound are excellent. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): “Conquista Sangrenta” (“Bloody Conquest”)

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