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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  October 1981 (USA)
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Aude Landry ...
Patricia Lowery
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Muriel Stark
Laurent Malet ...
Andrew Lowery
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Mrs. Lowery
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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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Claude Chabrol thought that New York, home of Ed McBain's "87th Precinct", was too unwieldy, so big that it would obscure his intimate explorations of character and swallow the movie, so Chabrol instead relocated Ed McBain's "87th Precinct" to Montreal, Canada which spoke his native tongue of French but still had a North American setting. Despite being set in Canada rather than the USA where Evan Hunter's source novel was set, the movie still retained the "87th Precinct" for the picture. See more »

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A french in the States
19 March 2002 | by (Gijón, Asturies, Spain) – See all my reviews

Claude Chabrol shooting a movie under the premises of a Marlowe's story. More American than French. Donald Sutherland claiming to be considered one of the best actors of the 70's. The movie begins with a very very frightened teenager girl going into a police station. She tells about a murder: her cousin. Sutherland, the inspector, try to solve the case by asking some usual suspects and, eventually, reading the personal diary of the dead girl where he finds the clue to get to know who's the killer. In the middle of the movie, the story turns to be more about the relationship between the murdered girl and his cousin: the brother of the accusing young girl. Finally, we can see a surprising end. Good movie just to watch once, not more. It's not strong enough because the script is not very solid. It deserves to be watched because of a Donald Sutherland in his best and a little character supported by Donald Pleasance, doing quite well.


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