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The Bone Collector | 1999 | R | - 3.9.7

Denzel Washington is a paralyzed forensic genius who works with tough police officer Angelina Jolie to solve a series of grisly murders. Also with Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzmán, Leland Orser, John Benjamin Hickey, Bobby Cannavale and Ed O'Neill. [1:58]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A little sexual innuendo. A shirtless man pulls a woman in a cleavage-revealing robe onto a bed and kisses her a few times before she gets up. In a bar scene, we briefly see a couple kissing and a man stroking a woman's legs. A woman caresses a sleeping man's hand. We see a man wearing a towel around his waist and a woman in a cleavage-revealing dress. We see a close up of what could be a man's underwear-clad crotch as a woman picks up a tiny piece of paper that fell on it.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man is shot in the chest at close range (we see a bloody wound on his back as he falls to the ground), a man is shot in the back repeatedly and a woman is stabbed in the stomach (we hear squishy noises; no blood is visible). A person is scalded to death with steam (we don't see anything, but we do hear some screams) and we later see the corpse's horribly burned face and arms (one of the forearms has a piece of flesh missing). It's implied that someone cuts a man's leg with a knife (we see someone kneeling close to him as he screams, then we see a close-up of a bloody cut on his upper thigh); later, we see a rat about to bite him and then see many rats crawling all over his bloody body. A man bites another's neck and they struggle around the floor for several seconds (we see the very bloody neck wound and the other's very bloody mouth). A man and a young girl are found in the water, tied to a dock. A man shocks another by turning up his heart monitor machine. A man's hand is crushed between a mattress and a bed frame; we hear squishy noises as he pulls out his very bloody hand. It's implied a man's finger is cut off (we hear a slicing sound and see the man's pained expression). In two different scenes, we see two different people handcuffed to a pole (both have duct tape over their mouths and bloody facial cuts). We see a beam about to fall on a man's back, then hear a "thud" and a groan; in the next scene we see him in a bed and learn he's paralyzed. A man cuts himself when trying to lift the door lock (we see some blood on the lock and his finger). A woman shoots a rat (we see some blood spray). We see a bloody human bone and a man washing blood from his rubber gloves. We see a corpse's hand sticking out of gravel (one of the fingers is skinned to the bone and bloody; we see it in several different scenes); we briefly see the corpse's face after some gravel is pushed away. We see two corpses with bloody facial cuts and a missing finger (the bloody stump is visible) and two corpses lying on a floor; also, we see many photos of corpses (some are bloody and one has a piece of flesh removed from a limb). A man is thrown to the floor. A woman nearly shoots a man and a man nearly stabs another. Threatening with knives. Twice, a man has a seizure and has trouble breathing; during one, he convulses violently. Reckless driving.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 16 F-words, many anatomical references, several scatological references, lots of mild obscenities and a few insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Murder, serial killers, forensics, police officers, revenge, assisted suicide.

MESSAGE - You can do and accomplish anything if you put your mind to it; never give up hope.

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