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Blood and Wine (1996)

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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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Dina Reese
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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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21 February 1997 (USA)  »

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Blood & Wine  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$420,993 (USA) (21 February 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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Gabriela 'Gabby': So where are we going?
Jason: Ah, we got about 4 hours to Cuba.
Gabriela 'Gabby': Oh really. It took me a week - 15 of us on a very small boat.
Jason: I can turned around if you want.
Gabriela 'Gabby': No, it's okay. I like the water. Even when we were coming over, the sea was so beautiful. I never wanted to sleep, I was happy. I was ashamed to be so happy. People were dying.
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Love Slipped In
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talent goes a wry
3 August 2004 | by (new york, ny) – See all my reviews

You would think the tandem of the glorious Michael Caine, the always stunning Jack Nicholson and the adorable Judy Davis would set a movie's heels on fire but "Blood and Wine" falls far from expectations as the sparks never start on set.

All these esteemed actors give a good showing in their own right but their characters are flat and lifeless. The script seems compelled only to move the action along and nothing else. Mr. Caine, Mr. Nicholson and Ms. Davis give punctuation and try their best to put a breath of life into this lifeless film with an all too obvious plot.

Stephen Dorff gives a better performance than usual (no cheers for Blade or Cecil B. Demented) but his character is far from complex, and Jennifer Lopez can't keep her faux Cuban accent up throughout the course of the film.

The plot is rather generic and the suspense that the movie is trying to portray is better invoked by the musical score than the cinematic or script climax.

As a saving grace the location scouting is great, really espousing the feeling of the Floridian backdrop. But that doesn't save the movie. There are as well a couple of slightly memorable stunt scenes but is not an action film.

Skip this one and watch Chinatown again. And if you haven't seen that see it twice.


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