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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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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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The key to catching a killer is only a heartbeat away. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,312,413 (USA) (9 August 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 discovers that the killer takes mementos from his victims, the 'blowup' of the killer taking Gloria's earring is taken from a completely different angle than the previously seen surveillance tape (not to mention so clear that the other detectives could never have overlooked it). 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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Satisfying, non-think thriller; not a blockbuster for Eastwood
25 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Retired FBI detective helps a young woman solve the murder of her sister--but he's got a personal motive: he himself received a heart transplant from the victim! Not a bad vehicle for producer-director-star Clint Eastwood, convincingly raspy and worn, and still imposing when he has to be. The script is full of police clichés, and the denouement isn't terribly surprising, but Clint has become a reassuring presence on the screen, and his human flaws and realistic aches and pains make him delightfully human. Supporting cast is quite good, making the best out of a routine, unmemorable script. **1/2 from ****


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