Flesh and Blood (1985)

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Flesh and Blood (stylized as Flesh+Blood) is a 1985 romantic erotic historical adventure drama film directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson and Jack Thompson. The script was written by Verhoeven and Gerard Soeteman. The story is set in the year 1501 in Italy, during the early modern period, and follows two warring groups of mercenaries and their longstanding quarrel.

The script is partly based on unused material for the Dutch TV series Floris, which was the d?but for Verhoeven, Soeteman and Hauer. The film, originally titled God's Own Butchers, was also known as The Rose and the Sword on early VHS releases. It was Verhoeven's first English-language film.

The film was huge box office flop, only managing to make back US$100,000 out of its estimated US$6.5 million budget. Although unsuccessful at the box office upon release, the film has become a critical and cult favorite.