When her father is murdered, a cosmetics heiress becomes the next target of an unknown killer amid the international jet set.

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Sir Alec Nichols
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Simonetta Palazzi
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Vivian Nichols
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Charles Martin
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Hélène Roffe-Martin
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Ivo Palazzi
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Wulf Kessler ...
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Sam Roffe, president of a multi-national pharmaceutical corporation, is killed while mountain-climbing. It is first determined to be an accident, but Inspector Max Hormung later deduces that Roffe was murdered. Sam's daughter Elizabeth assumes control of the company, and while traveling through Europe she immediately becomes a target as well. Suspicion falls on the Roffe cousins, all of whom want to go public with the company and sell their stock at a huge profit. Since this would be against her father's wishes, Elizabeth rejects their advice and decides to keep the company within the family. As Inspector Hormung investigates the background of the cousins, more attempts are made on Elizabeth's life. Hoping to reveal the guilty party, Hormung is able to connect these attempts to a series of murders on prostitutes, which are recorded on snuff films. Written by alfiehitchie

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The line between love and death is the bloodline. See more »


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29 June 1979 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Maximilien Schell was originally announced for the Gert Frobe role. See more »

Goofs

As Elizabeth prepares for her first meeting at Roffe, we see the board of directors waiting for the meeting to start...but the shot is taken from a later scene and shows them with different outfits, hairstyles and seating assignments than when the meeting starts a moment later. See more »

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Kate Erling: Remember, the cousins are just people.
Elizabeth Roffe: Mmm, it's just people that terrify me. Particularly cousins.
Kate Erling: I'll tell you what you do: You go in there, and you look them square in the eye, and you think of them sitting around the board table in their underwear.
Elizabeth Roffe: Trouble is most of them look absolutely gorgeous.
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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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what about a special and remastered edition? -Paul
26 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Regarding "Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline", I'd like to correspond to Paramount and inquire why not re-edit the film (remaster), and create a SPECIAL EDITION, maybe with deleted scenes (with Ursula Buchfellner and Eleonore Melzer, which were cut), and commentary. I read parts of the book, and like the book, but the movie, when I watched it in the theater back in 1979, it made no sense, and was confusing, particularly with the Snuff films. The book lets you know WHY these films are created, as with the movie, you wonder why?! OR: remake the movie the way the book is! Great cast, but overall, movie STINKS! Anyway, anybody know the address to write to Sidney Sheldon so I can ask him?! Thank you.


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