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Blood Work (2002) Poster

(2002)

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Exists in the same universe as The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).
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The type of rare blood type was AB with a CMV negative. CMV stands for cytomegalovirus, a generally harmless virus. Most people contract CMV sometime during of their lifetime. AB with CMV negative blood is used for transfusions for people with weakened immune systems such as babies, burn victims and people having organ transplants. A blood donor who is CMV- is someone that has never been exposed to the cytomegalovirus and as such is highly valuable for such people.
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Thanks to Eastwood's no frills, fast-paced shooting style and editing skills, the film was in theaters a mere four months after completing photography.
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When Graciella and McCaleb are walking and talking on the dock when she and Raymond come for dinner, the ship behind them is The Queen Mary, a luxury liner.
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The production shoot for this movie went for thirty-eight days.
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Clint Eastwood's only cop film of the 2000s decade.
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For this film, at the Venice Film Festival, Clint Eastwood won the Future Film Festival Digital Award.
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The film was made and released about four years after its source novel of the same name by Michael Connelly was first published in 1998.
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Famous for playing Dirty Harry and sometimes other copes, portraying an FBI profiler in this movie, this is the final cop film (to date, March 2013) of Clint Eastwood where he plays some form of detective.
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The project was attractive to Clint Eastwood as it took a new spin on his cop character persona which had been developed in movies since the 1970s. Due to his older mature age, the character has heart problems. This was an acting challenge for Eastwood, as he has said, because it gave more obstacles to what he would do as a screen detective, compared to when he was in his 30s or 40s.
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The code number used by 'The Code Killer' was 903 472 568.
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Clint Eastwood) bought the film rights to Michael Connelly's "Blood Work" novel when it was in book (galley) form.
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A behind-the-scenes making-of promotional documentary for this movie was made for television. Entitled Making 'Blood Work' (2002), it is available on the DVD. However, the short doc reveals by use of scene clips the whodunit identity of the film's serial killer.
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The nick-names of the serial murderers featured in the film's story were "The Code Killer" and "The Cemetary Man".
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Movie poster artwork for this movie featured a full red tint over the black print, symbolizing blood. In the earlier Clint Eastwood film Tightrope (1984), red was also a visual motif on the poster, but there evoked adult sexual themes and the red light district instead.
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Eastwood's first collaboration on a feature with Anjelica Huston as both director and co-star. Coincidentally, he'd earlier portrayed the actress's father John Huston in White Hunter Black Heart (1990).
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Playing a reporter in the movie is Dina Eastwood who since 1996 has been the wife of Clint Eastwood and in real life has had a career as a journalist, being the former news anchor for KSBW in Salinas, California.
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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.
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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.
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The name of Jasper Noone (Jeff Daniels)'s boat was "Double Down" whilst the name of Terry McCaleb (Clint Eastwood)'s boat was "The Following Sea".
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The film and source novel's "Blood Work" title is a medical term which, in simple terms, the meaning of which can be defined as being a "Blood Test".
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The nickname of Terrell McCaleb (Clint Eastwood) was "Terry".
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Det. Arrango's badge number is 14110. McCaleb uses Arrango's name to call into the 911 center to check the time on the convenience store surveillance system, and this is the badge number he gives.
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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).
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Michael Connelly's 1999 novel "Angels Flight" referenced the movie years in advance, billing it as a nonfiction docudrama within its universe.
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In the scenes where the LAPD and Sheriffs office are contesting jurisdiction over a body - there is a police car with the registration plate "999007" a possible reference to the British emergency services phone number (999) and James Bond's designation 007.
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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.
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One of many collaborations of production designer Henry Bumstead and director Clint Eastwood.
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First of two movies with a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland and directed by Clint Eastwood. The second was Mystic River (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".
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Cameo 

Dina EastwoodClint Eastwood's wife Dina Eastwood (aka Dina Ruiz) has a cameo as one of the television reporters on scene asking questions. Before marrying Eastwood she was a television reporter in Salinas, Ca.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Jeff Daniels, who plays the killer, is also an accomplished musician and wrote a song, "Dirty Harry Blues", about his experience in being Eastwood's target. He performs it on his album "Live and Unplugged".
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