Flesh + Blood

Paul Verhoeven Feature film - 1985 - 125 min.

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Lange Speelfilm

Beste Regie Paul Verhoeven

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Hauer as medieval mercenary at the head of a plundering gang.

When Paul Verhoeven and scriptwriter Gerard Soeteman were working on the chivalric series Floris in 1969, the idea arose to make a feature film about a medieval mercenary. Sixteen years later, the plan was brought to fruition in this American-Dutch-Spanish co-production, Verhoeven' s first English spoken film. Shot in Spain, the pageant film introduces Rutger Hauer as a medieval mercenary leading a gang of riffraff that takes revenge on a nobleman and his son, murdering, raping and pillaging to their hearts' content along the way. A raw depiction of the Middle Ages, with lots of violent and sexually explicit scenes. Flesh + Blood was awarded a Golden Calf in 1985 for Best Feature Film and Best Director.


Director(s) Paul Verhoeven
Producer(s) Gijs Versluys
Production Company
Riverside Pictures
Director of Photography
Production Design
Felix Murcia
Sound on Set
Ad Roest
Tom Tholen
Production Country