The Bone Collector

The Bone Collector

Phillip Noyce (1999)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A run-of-the-mill story is here turned into an above-average thriller, thanks to impressive central performances from Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie as two very different cops who team up to track down a serial killer. Washington plays a decorated police officer now confined to his bed after an accident at work left him virtually paralysed. Jolie's the young rookie who's brought in to explore the deepest, darkest areas of Manhattan under his instruction as they follow the trail of a sadistic murderer who picks up his victims in a yellow taxi. Although the daft conclusion abandons all the logic painstakingly established in the previous scenes, the movie benefits from Phillip Noyce's fast-paced direction and sterling performances from Queen Latifah as Washington's nurse and Michael Rooker as his irascible superior. It's also proof, as if it were needed, of Washington's acting talent - especially considering he spends the whole movie immobile.


A quadriplegic ex-cop is saved from the brink of suicide by a rookie female officer needing his expertise to form a psychological profile of a serial killer. The murderer is posing as a cab driver and terrorising Manhattan, and has a gruesome habit of taking trophies from his victims' bodies. Thriller, starring Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman and Queen Latifah.

Cast & Crew

Lincoln Rhyme Denzel Washington
Amelia Donaghy Angelina Jolie
Thelma Queen Latifah
Capt Howard Cheney Michael Rooker
Det Kenny Solomon Mike McGlone
Eddie Ortiz Luis Guzman
Richard Thompson Leland Orser
Dr Barry Lehman John Benjamin Hickey
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence and swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray