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Blood Work (2002)

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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)
Mason Lucero ...
Reporter #1
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 <kalkour1@san.rr.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$26,199,517 (USA) (11 October 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The license plate number {E} 999007 seen on one of the police vehicles is the exact numerical configuration as the license plate used on the squad vehicle seen on Emergency! only with a different background color. The license plate number can be seen on other emergency services vehicles in various California-based television shows and movies. See more »


One of the detectives calls the Stanford University team the "Cardinals". They are actually the "Cardinal" (color not bird). The name was changed from "Cardinals" to "Cardinal" on November 17, 1981, by university president Donald Kennedy. 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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Referenced in Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles (2004) See more »

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Good For One Viewing
8 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this to be one of those films I really enjoyed on the first viewing, but once you know the surprise ending, the second viewing isn't nearly as good.

It's a typically-entertaining Clint Eastwood film. He makes few dull movies, I'll say that for him. Now that he's gotten older, his weather-beaten face makes him all the more interesting to view.

I didn't find Anjelica Huston's weather-beaten face, however, as believable. Her tough demeanor, including vocabulary, is not something a doctor would have, as she plays here. Paul Rodriguez also is stupidly profane in his role but he does have a few funny lines.

The main attraction of the story is the twist near the end so, as mentioned, one look is just about right for this film...and it is worth one look f you want a decent diversion for one night.

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