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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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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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£61,053 (UK) (27 December 2002)

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£165,692 (UK) (3 January 2003)
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Portraying the doctor of Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) was Anjelica Huston. Anjelica's father was director John Huston whom Eastwood once made a film about John's making of the movie The African Queen (1951). The film was called White Hunter Black Heart (1990)and Eastwood actually played John Huston. On the documentary Making 'Blood Work' (2002), Anjelica talks of how she beared witness to her father's aneurism operation. She said that the fact that she plays Eastwood's cardiologist in this film, and that Eastwood had once played her father, was "strangely convergent". See more »

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Detective Arango: [referring to McCaleb at crime scene] Okay, listen. Whatever happens, it'll his face on the front page.
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Still grand to see Eastwood be his old cool self, albeit with a bad ticker
10 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood's 20th feature directed and starring himself, Blood Work, is a good sign in times of recent thriller drek. Here is Clint, 72 years old, and actually doing the right thing; being the old sort of Dirty Harry-esquire type of cop while still being realistic with himself. Truth be told, he won't do movies forever, much less be a cop with almost all the right moves, and here we see him as FBI Agent Terry McCaleb in the beginning try and climb a fence to catch a code killer (which resonates from past Eastwood projects) and he collapses from a heart attack (sad but oddly accurate). He retires, and two years later a woman comes forth to him asking for help in finding a killer.

And anyway, what makes Blood Work so fascinating (if only up to a point if seen more than once) is that it's a well crafted thriller, one that has the usual police procedural from many years back, a bit of a romance with Wanda DeJesus, and comic relief from Jeff Daniels. So, if you decide to see this latest installment in the sprawling career of Clint Eastwood, keep in mind that it has all the style, music, and nostalgia even in donuts that it had back in the day 30 years ago. And maybe it's just me, but it will be hard not to grin when you see him grab a gun. B+


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