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Claude Chabrol (writer)
Sydney Banks (writer)
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Release Date:
October 1981 (USA) See more »
The Most Intimate Act Of All Is... ...Murder!
Montreal: Late at night the teenage Patricia flees into a police department, covered all over with blood... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A great thriller from Claude Chabrol! See more (13 total) »


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Donald Sutherland ... Steve Carella
Aude Landry ... Patricia Lowery

Lisa Langlois ... Muriel Stark
Laurent Malet ... Andrew Lowery

Stéphane Audran ... Mrs. Lowery
Walter Massey ... Mr. Lowery

Micheline Lanctôt ... Mrs. Carella

Donald Pleasence ... James Doniac

David Hemmings ... 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
Victor Knight ... Medical Examiner
Jérôme Tiberghien ... Moran
Kevin Fenlon ... Smoker
Nina Balogh ... Carella's Daughter (as Nini Balogh)
Terrence Labrosse ... Attorney (as Terence Labrosse)
Tammy Tucker ... Jean Hanley
Robert King ... 1st Policeman
Victor Désy ... 2nd Policeman

John Boylan ... 3rd Policeman
Howard Ryshpan ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Anna
Penelope Bahr
Jean Labelle
Katja Bienert ... Girl with Mrs. Lowery (uncredited)
Michael Hershewe ... Albert Tiger De Coco (uncredited)
Floyd Levine ... Dr. Harris (uncredited)
Yvonne Wilder ... Phyllis De Coco (uncredited)
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Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sydney Banks  writer
Claude Chabrol  writer
Evan Hunter  novel (as Ed McBain)

Produced by
Denis Héroux .... producer
Claude Léger .... associate producer
Eugène Lépicier .... producer
Julian Melzack .... executive producer
Michael Klinger .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Pierre Jansen (French version)
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
Film Editing by
Yves Langlois 
Production Design by
Anne Pritchard 
Set Decoration by
Rose Marie McSherry 
Kimberley Richardson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Pierre David .... hair stylist
Michèle Dion .... makeup artist
Production Management
Louise Mongeau .... production manager
Matthew Vibert .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brice Auboyneau .... assistant director (as Brice Defer)
Justine Héroux .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jacques Chamberland .... property master
Sound Department
Patrick Rousseau .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Berrie .... gaffer (as John Berri)
Joel Bertomeu .... assistant camera
Jean-Yves Bruel .... still photographer
Jean-Marie Buquet .... assistant camera
Richard Ciupka .... camera operator
Yves Mansier .... still photographer
Michel Paul Bélisle .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... wardrobe mistress
Music Department
Paul Fishman .... composer: additional music (English version) (uncredited)
Other crew
Julie Arsenault .... accountant
Aurore Chabrol .... continuity (as Aurore Pasquiss)
Prudence Emery .... unit publicist
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist
Robert Lussier .... unit publicist
Kay Gray .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les liens de sang" - Canada (original title)
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100 min | Germany:91 min | UK:90 min | Argentina:95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (theatrical rating) | UK:18 | USA:R
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This film is considered a Canuxploitation (Canadian exploitation) movie.See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A great thriller from Claude Chabrol!, 25 August 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I honestly can't believe that this film isn't more highly rated. Claude Chabrol could be described as something like a French Alfred Hitchcock, and while this film is only the second one of his that I've seen (the first being Le Boucher), I can already see that this guy is something special just on the strength of these two films. The film is a French and Canadian co-production, and takes place in Canada. The cast is made up of British and Canadian stars and the high quality performances bode well with the rest of the film; most of which is high quality also. The film is a murder mystery and begins when a young girl covered in blood is brought into a police station. After being questioned by Inspector Carella, it emerges that the young girl, Patricia, and her sister Muriel were attacked by a man who killed the sister and only just allowed Patricia to flee. However, as the investigation goes on, Patricia goes back to the station to give new evidence, which reveals a far more shocking identity to the murderer.

The performances in this film are excellent. Donald Sutherland is subdued as usual, but he suits the role he's given here very well and I wouldn't hesitate to name his performance in Blood Relatives as one of his very best. The film also features supporting turns from British stars Donald Pleasance and David Hemmings who both give good turns; Pleasance in particular who shows just how great an actor he can be and highlights what a shame it is that he went on to waste himself in Halloween films. The unknown Aude Landry also gives a great performance in her role as Patricia. The movie is very mysterious for the first hour and really keeps the audience hooked. When Inspector Carella discovers Muriel's diary, the film turns into more of a drama in which the girl's last actions are shown; and while this section of the film is not as good as what went before it, it's still interesting and leads into a great twist at the end! Overall, Blood Relatives is a great film that really deserves to be better seen. Le Boucher is a better known effort from Chabrol, but for my money this is at least as good! Highly recommended viewing.

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