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Blood Relatives (1978)
"Les liens de sang" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  October 1981 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Aude Landry ...
Patricia Lowery
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Muriel Stark
Laurent Malet ...
Andrew Lowery
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Mrs. Lowery
Walter Massey ...
Mr. Lowery
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Mrs. Carella
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James Doniac
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Armstrong
Ian Ireland ...
Bert Klinger
Guy Hoffmann ...
Priest
Marguerite Lemir ...
Helene Beck
Gregory Giannis ...
Sully
Jan Rooney ...
Grandmother (as Jan Chamberlain)
Tim Henry ...
Captain Marriott
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Montreal: Late at night the teenage Patricia flees into a police department, covered all over with blood. She states together with her cousin she took shelter from rain in an entry way on their way home from a party, when an unknown man threatened them, forced her cousin to perform oral sex and then killed her. Patricia could barely escape. The police starts searching among the known sex criminals - but then Patricia changes her statement and states her brother Andrew, who had an affair with his cousin, was the murderer. Inspector Carella doesn't quite believe both the statements. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The Most Intimate Act Of All Is... ...Murder!


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Donald Pleasence once said of this film, "...in Chabrol's film Blood Relatives (1978), shot in Canada, I was interrogated by Donald Sutherland about the assault on a thirteen-year-old-girl. A few days later, I caught a plane and I was playing a Chief of Police myself". See more »

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Underrated mystery thriller with a great performance from Donald Sutherland.
19 June 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Donald Sutherland was one of the most interesting and intelligent actors of the 1970s with impressive roles in movie such as 'Klute', 'Steelyard Blues', 'The Day Of The Locust', 'Don't Look Now' and '1900'. But for some reason 'Blood Relatives' has disappeared into obscurity, despite being directed by acclaimed French New Wave figure Claude Chabrol, and featuring yet another fine Sutherland performance. Why this movie has been all but forgotten is difficult to explain. I really have no idea. But as I could EASILY list 100 other unfairly neglected movies off the top of my head it doesn't really surprise me. Anyway, this is a very well made mystery thriller which kept me fascinated throughout. Sutherland is great, the three young leads (who include Lisa Langlois later of trash classic 'Class Of 1984'!) are all very good, plus we get the wonderful David Hemmings ('Blowup'/'Barbarella'/'Profondo Rosso'), and a brilliant cameo from Donald Pleasence ('THX 1138'/'Halloween') as a creepy paedophile. 'Blood Relatives' is recommended to mystery buffs and Sutherland fans.


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