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Flesh + Blood

Director: Paul Verhoeven Run Time: 126 min. Format: 35mm Release Year: 1985

Starring: Jack Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, Susan Tyrrell, Tom Burlinson

Verhoeven gives the castle-knight-damsel genre the once over. Medieval mercenaries led by Rutger Hauer kidnap a noble lady, and she gets Stockholm Syndrome pretty quick. The best thing about Verhoeven is his ability to lean so far into a given genre that he breaks all the way past irony and back into their heart again. There is a tender love scene with a hanged and skinned body in the background, bless.


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