The Bone Collector (1999)

USA, 1999
35mm film, Super 35, colour, 2.35:1
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS, English

An American horror film directed by Philip Noyce.

Plot Summary

Forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme is left a quadriplegic following an accident, able to move only his head and a single finger. He plans to end it all with the reluctant help of a doctor friend, but opts to investigate one last case when he hears of a maniac who is abducting victims in a taxi and murdering them. Rhyme teams up with a young cop haunted by her father’s suicide who acts as his eyes and feet in the race to find the killer before he can strike again.


Directed by: Phillip Noyce
© 1999 Universal Studios and Columbia Pictures, Inc.
Columbia Pictures and Universal Pictures present a Bregman production
Executive Producers: Michael Klawitter, Dan Jinks
Produced by: Louis A. Stroller, Michael Bregman, Martin Bregman
Associate Producer: Bo Dietl
Screenplay by: Jeremy Iacone
Based on the Book by: Jeffery Deaver
Director of Photography: Dean Semler
Edited by: William Hoy
Original Music Composed by: Craig Armstrong
Production Sound Mixer: Simon Kaye
Costume Designed by: Odette Gadoury
Key Makeup Artist: Kathryn Casault
Key Hair Stylist: Réjean Forget
Special Makeup Effects: C.J. Goldman
Special Effects: Les Productions de l’Intrigue Inc., Louis Craig
Visual Effects Supervisor: Robert Grasmere
Visual Effects and Animation by: The Computer Film Company, London
Production Designer: Nigel Phelps
Casting by: Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, David Vaccari

Denzel Washington (Lincoln Rhyme)
Angelina Jolie (Amelia Donaghy)
Queen Latifah (Thelma)
Michael Rooker (Captain Howard Cheney)
Mike McGlone (Detective Kenny Solomon)
Luis Guzmán (Eddie Ortiz)
Leland Orser (Richard Thompson)
John Benjamin Hickey (Dr Barry Lehman)
Bobby Cannavale (Amerlia’s boyfriend [Steve])
Ed O’Neill (Detective Paulie Sellitto)
Richard Zeman (Lt Carl Hanson)
Olivia Birkelund (Lindsay Rubin)
Gary Swanson (Alan Rubin)
Jim Bulleit (train engineer)
Frank Fontaine (grandfather)
Zena Grey (granddaughter)
Daniel Brochu (N.Y.U. student)
Desmond Campbell (taxi inspector)
Christian Veliz (young boy)
Mercedes Gómez (Ortiz’s mother)

Alternative Titles

Die Assistentin – Germany
Bone Collector – France
El colleccionista d’ossos – Spain (Catalan)
O Coleccionador de Ossos – Portugal
El coleccionista de huesos – Argentina, Peru, Spain, Venezuela
O Colecionador de Ossos – Brazil
Colectionarul de oase – Romania
Il collezionista di ossa – Italy
A Csontember – Hungary
Le Désosseur – Canada (French)
Kemik koleksiyoncusu – Turkey
Der Knochenjäger – Austria, Germany
Luunkerääjä – Finland
I Samlarens spår – Sweden
Sběratel kostí – Czech
Syllektis oston – Greece



  • Entertainment Weekly no.512 (12 November 1999) pp.52-53 – review (Piece Keeper (B-) by Lisa Schwarzbaum)
  • Film Review February 2000 p.27 – review (by Anwar Brett)
  • Flicks September 2000 p.81 – illustrated DVD review (by Lucy Barrick)
  • Rolling Stone no.826 (25 November 1999) p.112 – review (The Bone Collector by Peter Travers)
  • Total Film February 2000 p.86 – review (by Cam Winstanley)
  • Variety vol.376 no.3 (6 September 1999) p.66 – review (Bone doesn’t quite get under the skin by Dennis Harvey)


  • Correio da Manhã 4 February 2000 – review (by Vitoriano Rosa)
  • Diário de Notícias 4 February 2000 – review (by João Miguel Tavares)