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Blood and Wine (1996)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  21 February 1997 (USA)
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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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,075,288 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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Michael Caine had decided to quit acting after being greatly disappointed with the production of Bullet to Beijing (1995) and the sequel, Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996). Jack Nicholson convinced Caine to come out of retirement to work on this film. Caine had such a good time that he decided to continue acting. See more »

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Quotes

Alex Gates: Frank ever come on to you?
Gabriela 'Gabby': He have a beautiful wife.
Alex Gates: Oh. *She* ever come on to you?
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Written and Performed by Toto Zara & Jeanette Jurado
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Insufficient end to Bob Rafelson's trilogy
4 December 2000 | by (az) – See all my reviews

"Five Easy Pieces" is closed to one of the best movies ever made. I never finished watching "The King of Marvin Gardens" (It got too ponderous and uninteresting)and "Blood and Wine" is no improvement. Rafelson was much better off when he didn't get influenced from other directors and just stuck to what he did best like in F.E.P., which was about genuine characters facing genuine problems.

The characters in Blood and Wine are not realistic. They're a cliche. They weren't interesting enough to be sympathied with, even Stephen Dorff, who is supposed to be portrayed as the film's hero. Charmless, humorless, and overall bleak movie lacking any style or substance.


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