Blood Work (2002)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)
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Reporter #2
Mrs. Kang (as June Kyoko Lu)


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 <>

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He's a heartbeat away from catching the killer See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deuda de sangre  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,312,413 (USA) (9 August 2002)


£165,692 (UK) (3 January 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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The type of rare blood type was AB with a CMV negative. CMV stands for cytomegalovirus, a generally harmless virus. Most people contract CMV sometime during of their lifetime. AB with CMV negative blood is used for transfusions for people with weakened immune systems such as babies, burn victims and people having organ transplants. A blood donor who is CMV- is someone that has never been exposed to the cytomegalovirus and as such is highly valuable for such people. See more »


When McCaleb is doing a newspaper search on a computer, both search results are labeled as "1 of 1" and the result ID is the same, even though the headline and article summary is different for each result. See more »


[first lines]
Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll his face on the front page.
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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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