Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword)
Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) (1985)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 1985
DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A vivid and muscular, if less than fully startling, account of lust, savagery, revenge, betrayal and assorted other dark doings in the Middle Ages.

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Brian Orndorf

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.

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Scott Weinberg

Brutally ugly and irresistably entertaining.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide

A more appalling view of the turmoil and misery of the late Middle Ages may never be seen.

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Dragan Antulov

One of the most underrated gems of 1980s.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ugly drama about the troubles during the dark Middle Ages.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
A medieval adventure that does not quite deliver the 80s charm that made a lot of movies from that era such classics. Of course it deliberately chooses to get… More
Steve K
Blood, busoms, and Rutger Hauer. Sword and sandals type medieval epic is somewhat obvious but still fun.
Phil Hubbs
Pretty creepy title for a historical film and one that doesn't exactly mean much if you ask me, although there is plenty of both onscreen so...I prefer… More
Dean McKenna
Great dark doings in the Middle Ages with full startling, account of lust, savagery, revenge and betrayal.
Conner Rainwater
Part soft-core medieval porn and part extreme gorefest, this is an early trip into the dirty mind of Paul Verhoeven and it's actually very good. This felt… More
Alec Barniskis
This is about as far from historically accurate as a period piece can get, but then that's not really the point. If you are willing to forgive the opening… More