The Bone Collector

November 5th, 1999


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Denzel Washington plays a quadriplegic homicide detective. He and his female partner track down a serial killer.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 6.4/10 (61,832 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Phillip Noyce

Stars: Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah

Quadripeligic ex-cop Lincoln Rhyme was looking forward to his assisted suicide when he got the news: some sicko was abducting people in a taxi and leaving them to die in particularly sadistic ways. With time counting down between each abduction and possible death, Rhyme recruits rather-unwilling Amelia Donaghy, haunted by her cop father's suicide and thinking she's next, into working the crime scenes to track down the killer.

Writers: Jeffery Deaver, Jeremy Iacone

Denzel Washington - Lincoln Rhyme
Angelina Jolie - Amelia Donaghy
Queen Latifah - Thelma
Michael Rooker - Captain Howard Cheney
Michael McGlone - Detective Kenny Solomon (as Mike McGlone)
Luis Guzmán - Eddie Ortiz (as Luis Guzman)
Leland Orser - Richard Thompson
John Benjamin Hickey - Dr. Barry Lehman
Bobby Cannavale - Amelia's Boyfriend
Ed O'Neill - Detective Paulie Sellitto
Richard Zeman - Lieutenant Carl Hanson
Olivia Birkelund - Lindsay Rubin
Gary Swanson - Alan Rubin
James Bulleit - Train Engineer (as Jim Bulleit)
Frank Fontaine - Grandfather

Taglines: Two cops on the trail of a brutal killer. They must see as one, they must act as one, they must think as one, before the next victim falls.


Official Website: Universal |

Release Date: 5 November 1999

Filming Locations: 380 Lafayette Street, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $48,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,712,020 (USA) (7 November 1999) (2587 Screens)

Gross: $66,488,090 (USA) (5 March 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In Jeffery Deaver's novel Queen Latifah's character Thelma was actually a man named Thom.

Continuity: In the very opening scene, Lincoln, a quadriplegic, wakes alone from a nightmare and the shot from above shows his knees are bent and parted. In the next shot, his legs are perfectly straight with only the feet tenting the sheet.

Lincoln Rhyme: Destiny is what we make it

User Review

Quite a fine thriller.

Rating: 10/10

I was very pleasantly surprised at this film. Denzel Washington proves again that he can handle any role that he chooses to play. In this case, he plays homicide inspector, Lincoln Rhyme who has been nearly paralyzed after suffering from an accident in the line of duty. But now, when a mysterious killer begins killing off people in a very peculiar matter, he must team with a hard-headed rookie cop (Angelina Jolie) to solve the crimes. Supporting cast includes Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Mike McGlone, Luis Guzman, Leland Orser and Ed O'Neil.

I like the way they have the killer as an intelligent person. Someone who has a knowledge of what he is doing. And the way he leaves clues for the cops to follow. To come up with something this perfect, you must a genius. While not really scary, this suspense thriller is actually thrilling as opposed to the many number of "thrillers" that are not even thrilling. (Example: HANGMAN). Thank you Hollywood for giving us THE BONE COLLECTOR. This is a good one. Highly recommended.....5/5.