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Film / Fierce People

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Fierce People is a 2005 American drama film directed by Griffin Dunne, adapted by Dirk Wittenborn from his 2002 novel of the same name. It stars Anton Yelchin, Diane Lane, Chris Evans, Donald Sutherland, and Kristen Stewart.

This film features examples of:

  • Ax-Crazy: Bryce apparently shot his father, raped Finn out of jealousy, and then smothers his grandfather when confronted.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The Iskanani shaman when Finn is lying down with that ridiculous headdress trying to recover from the effects of liquid acid is actually speaking Tagalog! (And even better, some of his lines are applicable in context!)
  • Catchphrase: Bryce uses the compliment "Gentleman and a scholar" frequently enough.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Liz calls Finn "Lambie." After his assault, he asks her not to call him that anymore.
  • Happy-Ending Massage: though Liz Earl has a degree in massage therapy and is very good at her work, her various addictions and single motherhood in New York sometimes led to this. And when she comes to Vlyvalle to work, everyone assumes this is what she gives to Mr. Osbourne.
  • Heroic Bastard: Finn's father, Fox Blanchard, is a famous anthropologist; Finn was conceived shortly after his mother attended one of Fox's lectures.
  • Wham Line: When Liz asks Whitney who raped her son, his answer is "Gentleman and a scholar."