A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.



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Victor 'Vic' Spansky
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Bob Rafelson has stated that this is the final part of an informal trilogy he started with "Five Easy Pieces" and continued with "The King Of Marvin Gardens". In the three, Nicholson has now played son, brother and father. In this one, Nicholson is a wealthy wine dealer who has distanced himself from his wife with his philandering and from his son with his negligence. After he steals a diamond necklace with the help of a safecracker partner, Victor, things start coming apart. His wife sets out to interrupt what she thinks is another one of his weekend dalliances, but is really his trip to pawn the jewels. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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There is no honour amongst thieves.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blood & Wine  »

Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 573,706,000 (Italy) (31 January 1997)


$1,075,288 (USA) (28 March 1997)

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Ethan Hawke was the first choice for the role of Jason. He had a long phone conversation with Jack Nicholson trying to convince him, but he was finishing his first novel, The Hottest State, and turned the role down. See more »


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Gabriela 'Gabby': [flirting in broken English] I never see anybody to fish in the grass before.
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writers too lazy to go the distance
5 January 2002 | by (Lipan, TX) – See all my reviews

All star cast and great plot possibilities are wasted on this movie. First of all, the love triangle turns out to be unsatisfying because nothing really comes of the "triangle", so why bother. The "crime" itself is given no more than a few minutes and produces little drama. The promised double and triple-cross and changeable loyalties that ensue after the theft in fighting over the booty play out like an episode of "Nash Bridges". Now that I think about it, this whole movie reminds me of an episode of some similar TV crime drama and could be played out easily in an hour or less with better writing and be much more entertaining.

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