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Bloodline (1979)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  29 June 1979 (USA)
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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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Donatella
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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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Kate Erling
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Inspector Max Hornung
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Julius Prager
Marcel Bozzuffi ...
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Pinkas Braun ...
Dr. Wal
Wulf Kessler ...
Young Sam Roffe
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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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Sidney Sheldon's Bloodline  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Terence Young' and star Audrey Hepburn re-teamed after previously working on Wait Until Dark (1967). One reason actress Audrey Hepburn was cast in the lead role in this suspense film was because she had starred in two classic thrillers, Charade (1963) and Wait Until Dark (1967). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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 (1999) See more »

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Very disappointing.
27 November 2001 | by (Tbilisi, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Very disappointing.

Nobody expects film based on Sidney Sheldon's book to be come art-house masterpiece but at least it could be made into enjoyable crime movie like Death on Nile. Well it was not. Despite the rather famous director (Young is not Fellini of course but most his previous films were enjoyable eye-feasts; would that be a spy adventure (2 Bond movies), eurowestern (Red Sun) or costume drama (Mayerling)) and all-star cast the film is very weak.

The plot is inconsistent and empty the idea to equip the Agatha Christy-like crime puzzle with subplots from other genres may seem not bad idea but it doesn't work at all

Subplot 1- (WWII -Jewish Tragedy with absolutely aimless trip to Poland) and Subplot 2 (French one - Schneider/Ronet story ) seem to be taken from the absolutely different film as well as the type-cast Shariff's line

Actually this all-star cast is the only reason to watch it, but its is painful to watch so much talent wasted. If Hupbern, Gazarra and Mason are at least is doing something during the boringly unveiling plot, the others are just fitting the empty space. especially annoying to see superb dramatic actresses like Papas and Schneider wasting their talent in this turkey.


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