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Blood Work (2002)

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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Storyline

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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9 August 2002 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$26,199,517 (USA) (11 October 2002)
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The type of gun that Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) had was an eight shot .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson defensive revolver with a fluted cylinder. The make and model is also known as a Smith & Wesson Performance Center & Lew Horton Distributing 627-PC or Smith & Wesson Performance Model 627 8-Shot. The weapon was first released in 1997 and has been nicknamed "The Bloodwork Gun". As Smith & Wesson manufacture the Magnum gun, the use of this brand of it in this film can be considered a reference to Eastwood's 'Dirty Harry' screen character, who was famous for using the Magnum. See more »

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When Graciela removes a dish from the oven, she uses oven mitts, presumably because it's hot. It's clearly Tupperware, however, containing celery sticks and carrots. McCaleb even briefly rests his knuckles on the lid a few minutes later. 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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All around enjoyable murder mystery and human interest drama
1 January 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "Blood Work" Eastwood plays an FBI agent, recovering from a heart transplant, who is asked by the sister of the murdered woman whose heart he received to find her killer. The result is surprisingly even and interesting murder mystery in which we see Eastwood piece together the evidence pointing to the killer while dealing with heart transplant issues and making nice with his pro bono client. The film has fewer plot holes than most murder mysteries; leans more toward human interest than derring-dos; and is another example of Eastwood successfully pushing out the age envelope in a self-directed film product. Recommended for more mature couch potatoes into murder mysteries. (B)


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