The Bone Collector
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Lincoln Rhyme: Whatever happened to your father doesn't mean it's gonna happen to you. You're a great cop. You'd make a terrific detective. It's a gift. Don't throw it away.

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Rhyme: Do you know who I am?
Amelia: I read your manual at the academy.
Rhyme: Yeah? What did you think of it?
Amelia: I'm not a book critic, sir.

Lincoln Rhyme: Destiny is what we make it.

Amelia: Smells like manure down here. Ortiz knows his shit.

Rhyme: There are five basic contaminants in a crime scene. I'll skip to the worse one. Other cops.

Paulie: If you were any more wound up you'd be a timex.

Amelia: Thelma told me about your plans for your "final transition."
Lincoln Rhyme: Cop to cop, that subject's not open to discussion. Why?.. Would you miss me?
Amelia: Well, destiny's what we make it, right?
Lincoln Rhyme: Touche.
Amelia: Now, you seem to have your reasons for checking out. I just... I would have expected more from someone like you.
Lincoln Rhyme: Well, I might surprise you and... live forever.
Amelia: Nothing you could do would surprise me, Rhyme.

Lincoln Rhyme: How is your mother?
Eddie Ortiz: Oh, God, she's 76, and she's schtupping some guy named Morris. Can you believe it?
Lincoln Rhyme: God bless her.
Eddie Ortiz: It's Morris I'm worried about. He's 76, with a tricky ticker and an active pecker.

Amelia: I can't do this.
Lincoln Rhyme: You can do it. Yes, you can. Yesterday you stopped a train. You can do anything you want when you put your mind to it.
Amelia: Don't work me, Rhyme... Just tell me what to do next.
Lincoln Rhyme: Very slowly... walk the grid... one foot in front of the other. I want you to look around you now. Remember... crime scenes are three-dimensional... floors, walls and ceilings.

Amelia: Excuse me, but the victim was already dead when we arrived.
Captain Howard Cheney: And you, half-assed patrolman working a crime scene... those days are over. I'll take that evidence bag now, thank you.
Amelia: You can take it with a chain of custody voucher, sir.
Captain Howard Cheney: Are you out of your mind? Hmmm? Let's go. You're coming with us.
Amelia: What? Are you arresting me?
Captain Howard Cheney: You just get in the car, and keep your mouth shut to the press.

Lincoln Rhyme: Pull up a chair. I want you to tell me everything you know about the crime scene.
Amelia: Basically, you saw my report.
Lincoln Rhyme: I read your report. I wanna know what you felt. What you feel... in the deepest recesses of your senses.
Amelia: You are in love with the sound of your own voice, aren't you?
Lincoln Rhyme: No, it's your voice I yearn to hear. Pull up a chair. I won't bite you.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Amelia is driving the truck full of policemen to the scene of the second (Mrs. Rubin) murder, the shot changes a couple of times before it settles looking through the front windscreen at Amelia. Through the rear windscreen of the truck, you can clearly see the highway and all the cars on it behind them. Amelia turns the steering wheel sharply to the left, and you hear the screeching rubber-tyres-on-tarmac noise as if she really had swerved left, but the scene of the highway behind them seen through the rear screen does not alter at all - as if she was just going in a straight line all the way.

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Trivia: The Director, Phillip Noyce, makes a cameo appearance as the man in the bookstore.

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Question: There is a LOT of changes if you compare the film to the book, and most of them I understand, since you always have to make some changes. But why did they change such things as characters names and genders?

Answer: The film makers changed the name of Amelia Sachs because it sounded too much like 'sex'. I have not been able to discover for certain why they made Thom into a woman, but possibly this had to do with Thom's homosexuality. It could be viewed as controversial that Rhyme's nurse is a gay man, and could possibly also bring Rhyme's own sexuality into question. To make the nurse female would avoid all such issues.

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