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Body Parts (1991)

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After losing his arm in a car accident, a criminal psychologist has it replaced with a limb that belonged to a serial killer.

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Eric Red

Writers:

Pierre Boileau (novel), Thomas Narcejac (novel) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Fahey ... Bill Chrushank
Lindsay Duncan ... Dr. Agatha Webb
Kim Delaney ... Karen Chrushank
Zakes Mokae ... Detective Sawchuck
Brad Dourif ... Remo Lacey
John Walsh ... Charley Fletcher
Paul Ben-Victor ... Ray Kolberg
Peter Murnik ... Mark Draper
Nathaniel Moreau Nathaniel Moreau ... Bill Jr.
Sarah Campbell Sarah Campbell ... Samantha
Andy Humphrey Andy Humphrey ... Ricky
Lindsay Merrithew ... Roger
James Kidnie ... Detective Jackson
Arlene Duncan Arlene Duncan ... Nurse #1
Allan Price Allan Price ... T.V. Reporter #1
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Storyline

When Bill Chrashank loses his arm in a car accident, the arm of an executed death row inmate is grafted on in its place. The only problem, as Bill soon discovers, is that the arm is possessed by a force he cannot control. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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A medical miracle has become a murderous nightmare. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and gore, language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuerpos malditos See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,032,258, 2 August 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,188,150
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Larry Gross did uncredited work on the shooting script. See more »

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The "wrecked" car is back at the house, at least four months later, after the accident. It is shown for a few seconds after the lead characters first day back at work. Also, at least four months after the accident, there is still snow on the ground and on the house. However, there is more of this snow, which is in the same pattern, than the amount of snow on the first day of the movie. See more »

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Bill Chrushank: [class teaching] Now four months ago we were, discussing thee psychological roots and wellsprings of human violence. To continue on that, what we have before us is a paradox you see because violence when it's sanctioned by the state is acceptable to us. For example, police men defending our families and soldiers defending our country. We celebrate them as heroes but this, this is not the case with thee, the so-called freelance individual. Because we regard individual acts of violence with ...
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Alternate Versions

Two scenes were heavily cut in order to avoid an NC-17 rating from the MPAA:
  • The car crash sequence was cut back by almost 40 seconds. Deleted was a backwards tracking shot from Jeff Fahey on the road to his twitching, severed arm on the ground. He stares at it in horror until it's splattered by a truck, and he passes out.
  • The surgery scene a few minutes afterwards was cut by well over a minute, deleting several shots of Jeff Fahey's exposed stump/wound, and several seconds of the bloody, twitching donor arm on a medical table.
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Star Bar Jam
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Performed by Graham Walker
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Good, But Marred By Outlandish Finale
19 July 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

An outlandish conclusion mars this otherwise decent little early '90s thriller. Jeff Fahey, he of "Lawnmower Man" fame, stars as Bill Chrushank, a shrink who tragically loses his arm in a brutal car wreck. But through the miracle of science, and with the consent of his wife, Chrushank is given a second chance at an able-bodied life via a groundbreaking transplant. All seems well until the limb, formerly belonging to a murderous death row inmate, seems to take on a life of its own. Is the killer living more than vicariously through Chrushank, or is it all in his head?

One of the biggest complaints the big-name critics had with this one was that the story is all too familiar (i.e. "Hands of Orlac"). Yet a borrowed story is no reason to automatically dismiss a picture. Look at how many cop pictures and romantic comedies steal elements from their predecessors. So yes, this basic tale has been told before, but director Eric Red (I've never heard of him, either) makes it all work pretty good. Until, that is, the aforementioned climax rears its ugly head. It's then that Chrushank discovers the sinister origins of his surgery. I won't give it away, but let's just say there are plenty of four-letter words to describe it: lame, poor, nuts, crap. This film just could have been so great with a great finale.


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