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Blood Work -- Former FBI Director Terry McCaleb, having recently undergone a heart transplant, retires to his boat in the L.A. harbor. However, he is soon coaxed out of retirement.
Blood Work -- 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.
Blood Work -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Michael Connelly (novel)
Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Terry McCaleb

Jeff Daniels ... Jasper 'Buddy' Noone

Anjelica Huston ... Dr. Bonnie Fox

Wanda De Jesus ... Graciella Rivers (as Wanda De Jesús)

Tina Lifford ... Detective Jaye Winston

Paul Rodriguez ... Detective Ronaldo Arrango

Dylan Walsh ... Detective John Waller
Mason Lucero ... Raymond Torres

Gerry Becker ... Mr. Toliver

Rick Hoffman ... James Lockridge

Alix Koromzay ... Mrs. Cordell

Igor Jijikine ... Mikhail Bolotov

Dina Eastwood ... Reporter #1

Beverly Leech ... Reporter #2

June Kyoto Lu ... Mrs. Kang (as June Kyoko Lu)

Chao Li Chi ... Mr. Kang

Glenn Morshower ... Captain

Robert Harvey ... Restaurant Manager

Matt Huffman ... Young Detective
Mark Thomason ... James Cordell
Maria Quiban ... Gloria Torres
Brent Hinkley ... Cab Driver
Natalia Ongaro ... Receptionist

Amanda Carlin ... Office Manager
Ted Rooney ... Forensics #1

P.J. Byrne ... Forensics #2

Sam Jaeger ... Deputy
Derric Nugent ... L.A.P.D. Officer
Craig Hosking ... Helicopter Pilot
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dan Andreiu ... Policeman (uncredited)

Todd Bryant ... Disguised Man at ATM (uncredited)

Bryan Hanna ... Front Desk Cop (uncredited)
Greg Stechman ... Dock Crew (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
Writing credits
Michael Connelly (novel)

Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Produced by
Clint Eastwood .... producer
Judie Hoyt .... co-producer (as Judie G. Hoyt)
Robert Lorenz .... executive producer
Original Music by
Lennie Niehaus 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Casting by
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Henry Bumstead 
Art Direction by
Jack G. Taylor Jr. 
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard  (as Richard Goddard)
Costume Design by
Deborah Hopper 
Makeup Department
Patricia DeHaney .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Dehaney)
Tania McComas .... key makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Francisco X. Pérez .... key makeup artist (as Francisco X. Perez)
Production Management
Dodi Lee Rubenstein .... unit production manager (as Dodi L. Rubenstein)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katie Carroll .... second second assistant director
Melissa Cummins Lorenz .... second assistant director (as Melissa Cummins-Lorenz)
Robert Lorenz .... first assistant director
Art Department
William A. Barry III .... swing gang (as William Barry)
Bradley B. Blasdel .... swing gang
Brandon Boyle .... assistant property master
Jann K. Engel .... set designer (as Jann Engel)
Adrian Gorton .... set designer
Peter N. Griffith .... on-set dresser (as Peter Griffith)
Bill 'Kauhane' Hoyt .... stand-by painter
Shelly Kinney .... labor foreman
Joel J. Misetich .... paint foreman
Luigi Mugavero .... swing gang
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
Charles Nixon III .... swing gang (as Charles Nixon)
Sandra Renfroe .... swing gang (as Sandi Armstrong-Renfroe)
Mike Rutgard .... swing gang (as Michael S. Rutgard)
Kenny Sanford .... general foreman
John Schacht .... leadperson (as John A. Schacht)
Michael Sexton .... property master
Michael Mick Armstrong .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Scott Austin .... propmaker foreman (uncredited)
Elixandro Diaz Jr. .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Lilly Frank .... scenic painter (uncredited)
James R. Lord .... carpenter (uncredited)
Luigi Mugavero .... set dresser (uncredited)
Jason Muscarella .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Craig Nycz .... paint foreman (uncredited)
David Rottenberg .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Bub Asman .... co-supervising sound editor
Beau Borders .... sound effects editor
Christopher Boyes .... sound re-recording mixer
Bradley Clouse .... first assistant sound editor
Harry Cohen .... sound designer
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... supervising dialogue editor
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Joe Divitale .... foley editor (as Joe DiVitale)
Michael Dressel .... supervising foley editor
Juno J. Ellis .... adr supervisor
Denise Horta .... adr editor
Eileen Horta .... sound effects editor
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound effects editor
Doug Jackson .... sound effects editor
Stephen Janisz .... adr editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason King .... sound effects editor
Ross Levy .... cable person
Steve Mann .... sound effects editor
Walt Martin .... sound mixer
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Howard Neiman .... sound effects editor
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Del Spiva .... assistant adr editor
Shawn Sykora .... foley editor
Nancy Tracy .... second assistant sound editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... dialogue editor (as Don Warner)
Paul C. Warschilka .... sound effects editor (as Paul Warschilka)
Melissa Deanne Ferguson .... auricle operator (uncredited)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Brian Magerkurth .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
George Peterson Jr. .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Mark Purcell .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
H. Barclay Aaris .... special effects
Jeff Denes .... special effects
Tim Moran .... special effects (as Tim J. Moran)
Steve Riley .... special effects coordinator (as Steven Riley)
Ante Dugandzic .... special effects (uncredited)
Francis Pennington .... special effects (uncredited)
Dominic V. Ruiz .... special effects (uncredited)
Christopher A. Suarez .... special effects (uncredited)
Ray L. Wilkerson .... special effects (uncredited)
John Wonser .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Camille Geier .... visual effects producer: ILM
Michael Owens .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Jeff Sutherland .... digital compositor: ILM
Bruce Vecchitto .... digital color timing supervisor: ILM
Ronnie E. Williams Jr. .... digital compositor: ILM (as Ronnie Williams Jr.)
Michael Conte .... digital compositor: ILM (uncredited)
Julie Creighton .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Lloyd Hess .... technical support (uncredited)
Mike Pemberton .... video technical assistant (uncredited)
George Sakellariou .... production engineering: ILM (uncredited)
Todd Bryant .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunts (as Richard L. Bucher)
Ian Eyre .... stunts (as Ian M. Eyre)
Robert S. Hosking .... stunts
Buck McDancer .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Sharon Schaffer .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Velarde .... stunts
Gary J. Wayton .... stunts
Richard Bucher .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Bjerno .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Stephen S. Campanelli .... Steadicam operator
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera
Ross Dunkerley .... chief lighting technician
Curtis Failor .... rigging gaffer
John Lacy .... assistant chief lighting technician
Bobby McMahan .... second assistant camera (as Robert McMahan)
Shayna Ritenour .... camera loader
Charles Saldana .... key grip (as Charles Saldaña)
Doug Wall .... best boy
Charles W. Wayt .... dolly grip (as Charles Wayt)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer (as Merie Wallace)
Buzzy Burwell .... lighting technician (uncredited)
David A. Canning .... hd engineer (uncredited)
Glenn Cannon .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Sheila Greene .... set electrician (uncredited)
Jesse Mather .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Brian Minzlaff .... lighting technician (uncredited)
John Monsour .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
David Musselman .... electrician (uncredited)
T. Daniel Scaringi .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Bruce D. Spellman .... grip (uncredited)
Andrew Towne .... lighting technician (uncredited)
David Watkinson .... video engineer (uncredited)
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip: "b" camera (uncredited)
Abbe Wool .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Olivia Harris .... casting associate
Amy Pope .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Ceo .... key costumer
Ann Culotta .... set costumer
Sybil Gray .... set costumer
Robin Borman .... costumer (uncredited)
Jack Taggart .... costume ager/dyer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Michael Cipriano .... assistant film editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Gary Roach .... assistant film editor (as Gary D. Roach)
Music Department
Robert Fernandez .... music scoring mixer (as Bobby Fernandez)
Donald Harris .... music editor
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Keith Dillin .... transportation coordinator
Larry Stelling .... transportation captain
John Bush .... driver (uncredited)
Bruce Callahan .... transportation (uncredited)
Dillin Craig .... driver (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Horst Harter .... driver: set dressing department (uncredited)
Stephen Heinrich .... driver: construction department (uncredited)
Tina Peterson .... driver (uncredited)
Charles Renfroe .... driver: set dressing department (uncredited)
Alana Stelling .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kokayi Ampah .... location manager
Marco Barla .... unit publicist
Michael Bilog .... assistant accountant (as Michael L. Bilog)
Robert Cable .... assistant production accountant
Edward Dumlao .... assistant marine coordinator
Janet Farris .... production aide
Robert Gluck .... assistant location manager
Jason Gondek .... production accountant (as Jason S. Gondek)
Kirk Herzbrun .... production aide
Nancy G. James .... craft service (as Nancy James)
Cullen Jowitt .... assistant: Mr. Eastwood
Don Kincade .... set production aide (as Donald A. Kincade)
Mable Lawson-McCrary .... script supervisor (as Mable Lawson McCrary)
Lucas Moore .... studio teacher
Randy Moyer .... production aide
Blu Murray .... production aide
Jimmy O'Connell .... marine coordinator (as James J. O'Connell)
Paul Purvis .... production aide
Liz Radley .... video and graphics supervisor (as Elizabeth Radley)
Angela Randazzo .... assistant accountant
Cristi Rickey .... set production aide (as Christi Rickey)
Benjamin C. Robertson .... production aide
Jenniphur Ryan .... production secretary
Ptah Shabaf .... assistant location manager
Karen Shaw .... production coordinator
Michelle L. Shuffett .... medical technical advisor (as Michelle L. Shuffet M.D.)
Todd Skaggs .... set production aide (as Robert 'Todd' Skaggs)
Traci Tateyama .... assistant production coordinator
Donovan Terranova .... assistant location manager
Chuck Webb .... set production aide
Randolph Bookman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Cox .... staff assistant (uncredited)
Michael George .... marine assistant (uncredited)
Michael Grooms .... mechanic (uncredited)
Jim Lipman .... boat captain (uncredited)
Linda Stelling .... construction medic (uncredited)
Gwenn Stroman .... assistant: Anjelica Huston (uncredited)
Mark Thomason .... stand-in: Mr. Eastwood (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence and language
110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Michael Connelly's "Blood Work" novel won both the Macavity Award and Anthony Award for Best Novel of 1998. The book also won France's Mystery Novel Grand Prix Award.See more »
Factual errors: When Dr. Fox is doing her blood work on Terry, an x-ray is used whilst performing the biopsy. Both times, neither she nor anyone around are wearing protective lead garments against radiation exposure, which is a standard practice in any medical establishment. In addition, an endomyocardial biopsy, as it is called, is not preformed in a medical office as shown in the movie. It is performed in a cardiac cath lab, which is effectively, an operating room. All personnel are in scrubs and a sterile field is required. Lead is worn underneath the surgical gowns. From an outside perspective, it may not be readily apparent that the staff in a cath lab are wearing lead IF they are wearing surgical gowns appropriately.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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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood is the Anti-Dirty Harry in this elegant and classy thriller..., 8 August 2002
Author: giancarlorocks from Montreal, Canada

While it might not be the most stylish or fast paced manhunt thriller, Clint Eastwood's 'Blood Work' is still a very enjoyable piece of film. Stylish in its' own manner, this drama returns to the yesteryears of filmmaking and displays Eastwood's talent as an accomplished Director. Today's cinema heavily relies on nifty editing effects and fast paced dialogue to retain the interest of the impatient audience, yet Eastwood gives us a refreshing and simplistic tale revolving around the resolution of various dastardly murders.

Eastwood stars and directs in this manhunt thriller that still manages to retain the intriguing effect in a film in which the characters; not actions, drive the film. Based on the novel by Michael Connelly, Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, Payback) transforms the novel into a great script. In this film, Eastwood plays the anti-Dirty Harry in typical Eastwood fashion as he is thrust back onto the case of a vicious serial killer two years after retirement.

As FBI Agent Terry McCaleb, he is forced off the case after suffering from a near fatal heart attack. Two years after, he is given a new heart and through a freak occurrence with the donor's heart, he is forced back onto the case allowing for an interesting cat and mouse chase.

Eastwood has his imprints all over the film as he sticks with Musical composer Lennie Niehaus for his film once again. Niehaus' sporadic and rare musical additions are usually jazz based and open the film in an elegant manner instead of the usual commercialist propaganda that is not needed when opening a film of this nature.

Instead, Eastwood treats us to a good old-fashioned hunt in which the mystery slowly unravels in front of the viewer allowing for only the clues to be deciphered. The plot is seemingly eerie and for some reason reminded me of Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker's work (Sleepy Hollow, Seven) for how deliciously evil and calculated the motives for the crimes are. As a true professional, Eastwood lays low on the violence and while there are only a handful of action scenes, the tension builds as the clues become available and the audience begins to piece the puzzle together.

The ingenious script calls for some sold acting and the casting is excellent as Eastwood calls upon Angelica Huston as his perseverant Doctor and Jeff Daniels who at first seems to be only present for comic relief but has a surprisingly more important and unexpected role. Wanda De Jesus and Tina Lifford are also excellent as they round out the important cast members who all play a giant role in the serial killer's meticulous and mischievous plot.

As aforementioned, while it might not elicit the suspense thrills one would find in the Eastwood - Wolfgang Petersen collaboration 'In the Line of Fire', the film still is a well-crafted and engineered film that calls for attention. Yet, one point of contention is a love relationship that happens in the film. True: Eastwood is a legend and could do whatever he wants with his films, but somehow seeing a man his age hook up with a younger woman under those circumstances seemed to yell out 'insanity'. Perhaps to others it fit the film, but in this particular context, it seemed trivial and contrived and can make many wonder if Eastwood simply puts those scenes in to make himself appear to be the epitome of masculinity. In any event, it was a treat to see a 'back-to-basics' thriller that pays off at the end and avoids the formulaic clichés usually attached to these projects.

Giancarlo's Rating: **1/2

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