Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword)
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Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword)
When an attempted political coup in 16th century Northern Italy fails, most of the mercenaries hired by the coup leaders disperse. Not so Martin (Rutger Hauer), who intends to rob his duplicitous former employer Arnolfini (Fernando Hillbeck). Martin is able to raise his own army by using a stolen religious artifact as a talisman. He later kidnaps Arnolfini's prospective daughter-in-law Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), who saves herself from gang rape by feigning eternal devotion to her captor. Weeks of plunder and destruction follow, with a deadly plague thrown into the stew. Flesh and Blood… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

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"A vivid and muscular, if less than fully startling, account of lust, savagery, revenge, betrayal and assorted other dark doings in the Middle Ages."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A more appalling view of the turmoil and misery of the late Middle Ages may never be seen."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the most underrated gems of 1980s."
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"It's hamstrung by leaden dialogue and the motley international cast - Python and the Grail are never that far away - but it's admirably unsentimental and by no means stupid."
‑ , Time Out
"Delivers exactly what the title promises (and then some), as Dutch director Verhoeven spares no gory or raunchy details in his vigorous recreation of medieval Europe."
‑ , Film4
"The movie just doesn't live up to the helmer's glorious sense of screen madness, more consumed with establishing ugliness than embracing the potential for a ripping medieval quest."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Brutally ugly and irresistably entertaining."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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