Genre: Action / Adventure / Drama / History / War Taglines for Flesh+Blood (1985) A timeless adventure, a passion for wealth and power. Only the strongest will survive. In a savage time, torn between two rivals she fought for survival with the only weapon she had... herself.
Director Trademark: [Paul Verhoeven] [religious imagery] Martin's group idolize the statue of a saint, which "points" them the way forward. In one shot, Martin appears to have a halo over his head.Goofs for Flesh+Blood (1985) Crew or equipment visible: In opening scene, a camera shadow is visible on the Cardinal. Crew or equipment visible: Toward the end of the film, a bright set light seen reflected in Summer's sword blade.Revealing mistakes: At the end of the film, a flaming ceiling beam falls and bounces in a way that belies its ostensible weight. Miscellaneous: In the opening sequence, the Cardinal is serving communion in 1501. The "Flesh of Christ" he's handing out are modern communion wafers. Revealing mistakes: Martin keeps waving around swords while holding the blade or taking offered swords by grabbing the blade - even a modestly sharp sword should have been too sharp to so handle.Memorable Quotes from Flesh+Blood (1985) Martin: “From now on, we'll eat like this. And anyone can bet that he the stupid asshole he is.” Cardinal: “Why are you so scared? Everything here is predestined. Life runs its own course. Look at this little angel! Saint Martin has sent us a little angel to play with!” Steven: “My father's half-dead. My bride has been captured. And you're babbling on about seedlings?”Plot Summary for Flesh+Blood (1985) In 1501, in the Western Europe, in a period when the black plague is jeopardizing the populations, a band of medieval mercenaries fight side-by-side with the noble Arnolfini, a noble lord, to retrieve his castle, with the promise of a huge reward. However, the band is betrayed by Arnolfini, who decides not to pay them and decide to take revenge, assaulting and stealing a caravan, under the command of Arnolfini and his son, a student. In one of the wagons is traveling the betrothed of the noble's son, Agnes, who is accidentally kidnapped and later raped by the group. Agnes becomes the mercenary leader’s mate, and they decide to invade a castle, without knowing that the army of Arnolfini is chasing them. As the plague and warfare cut a swathe of destruction throughout the land, the mercenaries hole up in a castle and await their fate.THE “LETTUCE’S Take on the Film:I’m a newbie to this whole torrent community, so I want to start my membership in it by doing things the RIGHT and THOROUGH way. This is a story set in the Dark Ages, and those too soft hearted to understand that people were filthy and rather nasty in many ways should not watch this film. There is a rape scene with a “virgin” and a childbirth scene that would tear at the heart of any mother, especially when the delivering mum is as nasty as this movie’s character is!! (The rotten teeth and everything!) She drinks way too much which I believe affects the outcome of the child. There is a young boy in the mercenary group whose character will also disgust many parents with the abandon in which he participates in the goings-on of the group, and the lackadaisical attitude of his mother. The ‘priest’ is unbelievably corrupt, and seems to take pleasure in corrupting others! Look deeper into the inter-relationships, find some compassion for these characters whose destiny unfolds because of the fact they were born of low societal standing. JJ Leigh, as usual is a little pistol, not so innocent, and you don’t feel too sorry for her – she’s a survivor. I’ve included a “Sure thing” “Lightscribe” DVD label, IF you have the HARDWARE & SOFTWARE & the SPECIAL MEDIA to burn the label onto your completed disc. I don’t know how it would look if you could transfer it to a printable label, as Lightscribe is in Black & White only - This movie was shrunk with DVD Shrink 3.0 and the aspect is letterbox. There are no subtitles, but you experts should have no problem finding some to add in with a good DVD builder. I used Roxio Easy Media Creator to burn mine. There is NO MENU – HOWEVER THERE IS 16 CHAPTERS So you CAN use your next/previous option on your stand-alone player.
Awards for Flesh+Blood (1985) 1986 Nominated - International Fantasy Film Award - Best Film - Paul Verhoeven 1985 Won - Golden Calf - Best Director of a Feature Film (Beste Regie) - Paul Verhoeven - Best Film (Beste Lange Speelfilm) - Gijs Versluys
Also Known As:
Flesh & Blood (USA) (alternative spelling)
Señores del acero, Los (Spain)
The Rose and the Sword
Runtime: 126 min / Netherlands:125 min / Sweden:117 min
Country: Spain / USA / Netherlands
Color: Color (DeLuxe)
Sound Mix: Dolby
Certification: Australia:R / Iceland:16 / Finland:K-18 (1986) / France:-12 / Norway:16 (1986) / Norway:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R / West Germany:18 / USA:X / Finland:K-16 (video) (1996) / Finland:K-15 (DVD) (2005)