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Blood Work (2002)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  9 August 2002 (USA)
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Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

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Retired FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), who has recently had a heart transplant, is hired by Graciela Rivers (De Jesus), to investigate the death of her sister, Gloria, who happens to have given McCaleb his heart. On the case, he soon deduces that the killer, who staged the murder to look like a random robbery, may actually be a serial killer Terry was trailing for years in the FBI. Can the elderly and feeble McCaleb, who had intended to spend his retirement living on his boat in the Los Angeles harbor, and who can't drive, and has to nap regularly, muster up the endurance to find the killer? Written by Amir Al-Kourainy <kalkour1@san.rr.com>

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£61,053 (UK) (27 December 2002)

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£165,692 (UK) (3 January 2003)
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As of 2010, this is the last theatrically released film that was fully composed by Clint Eastwood's longtime collaborating composer Lennie Niehaus (a relationship which started from Tightrope (1984)). Clint's later movies would be composed by Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens (Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Gran Torino (2008), Invictus (2009)), and even Clint himself (Mystic River (2003), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Changeling (2008), Hereafter (2010)). Since this film, Niehaus has conducted and orchestrated all but the latest two of Clint's films, "Invictus" and "Hereafter" (which were conducted and orchestrated by Roger Kellaway and Ashley Irwin, respectively). See more »

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After Terry visits Cordell's wife and checks his vehicle, he and Jasper drive away and Jasper's window is alternately closed/open between shots. See more »

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2 January 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

There's really nothing new in this cop drama. Eastwood plays his patented Tough Cop, mellowed by age and a brand new heart, and does everything you expect him to, including (but not limited to) defying his doctor's advice; chasing a suspect then shooting him while suffering a heart attack, but without once shouting, "Stop in the name of the law," or whatever is required, even by the LAPD; having the female lead fall for him, despite an age difference Anna Nicole Smith could relate to; solving the case despite all the obstacles the authorities can throw at him.

This is not a bad movie, it's just not a particularly good one. If you're hoping for another Unforgiven, or even a Dirty Harry, look elsewhere.

But even Clint can't bat 1.000.


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