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FULL SYNOPSIS

Actor Bill Paxton made his directorial debut with Frailty. The bulk of the story is told through flashbacks, as a mysterious man (Matthew McConaughey) tells a terrible tale to an FBI agent (Powers Boothe) investigating the "God's Hand" serial killer case. The man grew up in a small town in Texas, where he and his brother lived a bucolic life with their kindhearted widower father (Paxton). One night, the father awakens the two boys, Fenton (Matthew O'Leary) and Adam (Jeremy Sumpter), and tells them he's had a vision, and God has chosen him and his sons to help Him slay demons who walk the earth in human form. He tells the boys they can never tell anyone about this task. Before long, he comes home from work with a list of names that he claims an angel has given to him. He then begins abducting people, bringing them home, one by one, and having the boys watch while he lays his hands on them. After having proven, to his mind, that they are demons and not human, he chops them up with an axe while the boys look on. Young Adam is eager to participate, seeing his family as "kind of like superheroes," while the older Fenton is distraught, believing that his father has lost his mind. He contemplates running away, but is reluctant to leave his little brother behind. Eventually, he goes to the authorities, which results in disaster. As he tells the story, McConaughey takes Boothe out to the public rose garden near his old home, where he claims his brother, the "God's Hand" killer, buried the bodies. Paxton dramatizes the mayhem while leaving almost all of the gore offscreen, and Brent Hanley's script leaves the true motives of several characters unclear until the very end. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

  • Release date:April 12, 2002

Cast

Bill Paxton
as Dad
Matthew McConaughey
as Fenton Meiks
Powers Boothe
as Wesley Doyle
Matt O'Leary
as Young Fenton Meiks
Jeremy Sumpter
as Young Adam Meiks
Luke Askew
as Sheriff Smalls
Derk Cheetwood
as Agent Griffin Hull
Missy Crider
as Becky
Alan Davidson
as Brad White
Cynthia Ettinger
as Cynthia Harbridge
Vincent Chase
as Edward March
Gwen McGee
as Operator
Lance E. Nichols
as FBI Agent No. 4
Levi Kreis
as Fenton Meiks
Rebecca Tilney
as Teacher
Blake King
as Eric
Brad Berryhill
as Teenage Demon
Greg Serano
as FBI Agent No. 1
Jim Flowers
as FBI Agent No. 3
John Paxton
as Janitor In Lobby
Betty Gurule
as Doyle's Mother
Brad Berryhill
as Teenage Demon
Betty Gurule
as Doyle's Mother
Jim Flowers
as FBI Agent No. 3
Blake King
as Eric
Lance E. Nichols
as FBI Agent No. 4
Levi Kreis
as Fenton Meiks
Gwen McGee
as Operator
John Paxton
as Janitor In Lobby
Greg Serano
as FBI Agent No. 1
Rebecca Tilney
as Teacher

Crew

Bill Paxton
Director
David Blocker
Producer
Corey Sienega
Producer
David Kirschner
Producer
Brent Hanley
Screenwriter
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
Brian Tyler
Composer (Music Score)
Joel C. High
Musical Direction/Supervision
Arnold Glassman
Editor
Kevin Jay Cozen
Art Director
Nelson Coates
Art Director
Eberhard Kayser
Co-producer
Michael Ohoven
Co-producer
Mario Ohoven
Co-producer
Frederick Levy
Associate Producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Karen Loop
Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer
Tom Huckabee
Executive Producer
Gary R. Speckman
Set Designer
April Ferry
Costume Designer
Linda Sutton
Set Decorator
Tim Walston
Sound/Sound Designer
Lance Brown
Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Feemster
Camera Operator
Barbara Cohen
Casting
Susumu Tokunow
Sound Mixer
Mary Gail Artz
Casting
Rick Chinelli
Swing Gang
Jason Logerot
Painter
Felicity Bowring
Makeup Supervisor
Glenn Cowan
Second Assistant Editor
Norman Ash
Electrician
Jay Nierenberg
Supervising Sound Editor
Andy Mathieu
Art Department Assistant
Chris Diamond
Boom Operator
Malik Hassan Sayeed
Second Unit Camera
Dave Coronella
Swing Gang
Charles Saldana
Post Production Assistant
Jim Flowers
Second Second Assistant Director
Kathe Swanson
Department Head Hair
Larry Fioritto
Special Effects Coordinator
Rachel Flackett
Set Production Assistant
Anna DeLanzo
Cable Person
David Crvelin
Assistant Art Director
Tyler Patton
Properties Master
Paul Wilkowsky
Grip
David Golia
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Douglas Shamburger
Boom Operator
Peter Merwin
Second Assistant Director
Patrick Turley
Second Unit Camera
Lee Sbardellati
Set Production Assistant
Robin Schorr
Executive in Charge of Production
Jerome Gardner
Set Dresser
Orlando Hernandez
Electrician
Pete McAdams
Grip
Robert Brakey
First Assistant Editor
Beth de Patie
Production Supervisor
Dave Deever
Video Assist
Nicki Cohen
Buyer
Ed Tewalt
Grip
Naomi Treuherz
Painter
David Blocker
Unit Production Manager
Alexa Alden
Script Supervisor
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